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Arvind Singhal, PhD
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Dr. Arvind Singhal is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative in The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Communication. He is also appointed as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas. Singhal teaches and conducts research in the diffusion of innovations, organizing for social change, and the entertainment-education strategy. His research and outreach spans sectors such as health, education, peace, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance, and corporate citizenship. Singhal is co-author or editor of 11 books including: Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance. Three of Singhal’s books won awards for distinguished applied scholarship. Singhal has won Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association and National Communication Association a dozen times, and Ohio University’s Baker Research Award twice. In 2005, USC’s Norman Lear Center honored him with the first Everett M. Rogers Award for Outstanding Contributions to Entertainment-Education.


Arvind Singhal video on Positive Deviance

Arvind Singhal introduces video clip of Jerry Sternin

Arvind Singhal video "Liberating Structures: Simple, Subtle, Powerful"

"The Positive Deviance movement is changing the landscape of how we achieve transformation and change in systems.This book is a big step
forward in defining this new landscape.”

Peter Block Forward for Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance

Q & A with Arvind Singhal

Q. What questions are you most excited about exploring these days?
AS: How small things can make a big difference? How relationships are the fulcrum of change? How can positive deviance be adapted, scaled? What is the role of media in spurring conversations among audience members on topics that typically do not happen, and in showing new possibilities of change?

Q. What other research/researchers are you tracking? (because they're doing something really intriguing)
AS: I love the work of Atul Gawande who looks at the complexities in health care and how to respond to them. Also, the work of Peter Block on stewardship.

Q. What do you think is the most promising idea/theory emerging from complexity science for making a difference in fulfilling Plexus' mission?
AS: Liberating structures, positive deviance, and relationship-centered way of being…..

Additional Links:
Arvind Singhal, UTEP Bio, News, and Publications

Positive Deviance and Social Change

Saving Lives by Changing Relationships (2009)

Arvind Singhal Awarded First Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment-Education, 2005

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