Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D.
Hello SIOP Division 14:
To learn more about me, please go to my website and blogsites: http://www.realworldnewworld.com, http://www.scohen305.blogspot.com, and http://www.meyercohen9islov elove.blogspot.com, and to the May, June and july editions of the Monitor. More information will be presented to you in September at the time of voting.
It's my pleasure to speak to fellow APA members who are strongly focused and concerned about the workplace and the organizational within nation. APA Psychologists across all divisions have a common interest in seeking and finding what is true and an interest in making it better for people. In this communication I want to speak to you about one workplace, that is, the national APA headquarters in Washington DC and about one organization, that is, our own national APA organization. My motive is to communicate to you what I believe is true for the purpose of making a ''democratic'' organization better.
I believe the national APA organization in relation to the divisions is in need of systemic reform. I decided to run for APA president as a means of getting free speech and free press; As a means of being able to speak directly to the entire national APA Community. The issue is not whether I'm right or wrong. The issue is about genuine democratic access and connect. Currently only our APA CEO and Director of Communications and whoever they allow have access to communication systems which go out to the entire national membership community. APA member dues and dues invested in real estate etc. (yielding a yearly profit of about $49 million dollars) pay for these communication systems. Therefore, I believe all members should have equal access to these systems and the right to propose issues directly to the entire membership community for dialogue, debate and majority vote. One suggestion I've made to our APA Executives is that they create a national APA Listserv. The massive loss of membership and the growth of ''Affiliates'' ( who pay dues, but don't have the right to vote) under the watch of the current national APA administration is additional data suggesting the APA national administration
is in need of reform.
For 2 years I've been posting ideas for reform on
http://www.facebook.com/AmericanPsychologicalAssociation. I believe my posts and communication to APA presidents have stimulated the creation of the new APA Good Governance Project as well as the ''connect'' and ''access'' projects. ""The APA'' has arbitrarily and without explanation deleted hundreds of my posts from this site because someone did not like what I was saying or how I was saying it. The audacity of abuse of power took place in full view of other posters.I took screen shot evidence of some of these deletions and sent the evidence to APAs CEO. ''The APA" found its staff did nothing wrong.
WHY DID NOT THE MEMBERS OF SIOP, WHO STUDY ORGANIZATIONS, KNOW ABOUT THIS ARBITRARY ABUSE OF POWER IN THEIR OWN ORGANIZATION? IF THEY DID KNOW, WHY DIDN'T THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
I believe the national APA has big government (more the 300 people are said to be involved in governance), but little governance. What the APA needs now is equal membership access to genuine democratic communication systems within and between divisions; Free from self serving APA Executive control and intevention. Perhaps the members of SIOP are the best psychologists within our organization to lead us to this reform.
If SIOP believes I've not anwered their questions 1 and2 to their satisfaction, I will gladly continue my dialogue with you.