Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are Guests:
- Robert E. Hall – Author: This Land Of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith
- Ami Moore, PhD – Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas
- Mahmoud Sadri, PhD – Professor of Sociology, Affiliated Professor of Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University
Robert Hall, a Dallas businessman and best-selling author, of This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith and several other business books, including, The STREETCORNER STRATEGY for Winning Local Markets, “which inspired the customer relationship management movement”, was recently interviewed by the Dallas Morning News.
He believes there is a growing crisis in relationships. Financial, social, psychological situations, exacerbated by the economy and disintegrating relationships are causing chaos. Broken relationships have a high cost on our social and economic welfare.
Left to Right: Mahmoud Sadri, Phd, Dennis McCuistion, Ami Moore, Phd, Robert E. Hall
Dr. Ami Moore, a Fulbright scholar, says she sees the problem as universal, not just a North American problem. In her extended research studies in West Africa, she experienced how changing relationships are causing new challenges as families drift further from their native roots. She says, “No-one teaches us to manage changes”. And the many changes she observed are increasingly negative, particularly affecting those with reduced incomes, “These changes in male and female relationships are increasingly causing breakdowns in family relationships and marriages”.
Robert Hall tells us that for the first time in history, in 2012, 50% of children born in the US are born to single moms; their children face a poverty level 5 times that of their peers in two “parent” households. In friend relationships, there have been decreases in the number of friend’s people now have- from an average of three to now two, and the number of people without any close friends has now tripled.
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Yet, Dr. Mahmoud Sadri states that he does not see a relationship crisis. While we are in challenging times he also sees this as a time of dynamic equilibrium, that there is hope for the future and many new ways of relating are open to us.
The good news is that there is a 38% increase in the amount of time parents are spending with their kids. And our social media experts, Terry Brock and Gina Carr, who join us for a brief excerpt, say, we have to do things differently. They comment, “Social media is a wonderful way to connect, it leverages touch and interaction.”
Join us for a brisk dialogue on the challenges facing relationships today and let’s keep talking about things that matter with people who care…
Niki N. McCuistion
Transformational Change Agent
Organizational, Personal, Culture Change
Aligning Purpose, Performance and People