Jim is president of the Institute for Strategic Clarity, affiliated with Harvard, Univ Politecnica de Madrid, and TEC EGADE Business School, co-author of Ecosynomics (2014), Managing from Clarity (2001), and many chapters and articles. He blogs regularly at jlrd.me. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering (UTulsa), an MIM (Thunderbird), an MBA (ESADE), a PhD in Decision Sciences (UTAustin), a postdoc in system dynamics and organizational studies (MIT), and a postdoc in psychology and Langer mindfulness (Harvard).
Synopsis of My Work
The book Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance shows (1) that you prefer abundance-based agreements to scarcity-based ones, (2) lots of people have figured out how to live this way, for decades, with far better results and experiences, and (3) you can choose to shift your agreements, experiences, and outcomes to abundance-based. [Get the book at https://bit.ly/ecosynomicsbook.]
Slightly Longer Bio
It is possible to serve all the stakeholders your system is designed to serve and to fully engage all of the creative energy available in your system. It is possible, relatively straightforward to do, and leads to massive, net-positive gains for everyone. I can show you how to do this. Not doing this leads to net-negative, disengaging, entropy-enhancing losses for everyone. It is time to say Yes! to the creation of net-positive systems.
I design strategic systems-change frameworks and co-develop implementation processes for whole-systems, high-leverage transformation. These frameworks and processes have guided 1000s of groups in 100s of initiatives in 43 countries over 27 years. These groups, from small teams to large organizations to global networks, bring their system together to identify, reveal, understand, and implement the systemic agreements that guide their ability to regenerate value for everyone everywhere in the system they lead everyday. These groups, spanning 6 continents, include banking, building renovation, development, education, energy, health, manufacturing, and the SDGs. I have co-led this work with a global network of organizational and community leaders, process experts, and scholars. This work is funded by the groups themselves, foundations, and public grants.
My scholarly research on abundance-based systems of agreements fields (ecosynomic pactoecography) is informed by field tests in 43 countries and survey data of 6,000 groups in 125 countries. My scholarly network includes formal affiliations at Harvard, UPM, TEC EGADE, and a 43-country network. We are looking for new affiliates to address emerging questions of deep collaboration, sacred hospitality, and abundance-based values operating systems and valuations.
I have described and shared these frameworks, processes, and cases in the books Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Aligning and Leveraging Strategic Resources (2001) and Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance (2014), chapters, practical and scholarly articles, videos, audios, online courses, and an online knowledgebase. I have taught this material in courses and lectures at leading universities in 24 countries over the past 27 years.
My studies include a BS in Petroleum Engineering (UTulsa), an MIM (Thunderbird), an MBA (ESADE), a PhD in Decision Sciences (UTAustin), a postdoc in system dynamics and organizational studies (MIT), and a postdoc in psychology and Langer mindfulness (Harvard).
What I envision
Looking out to 2040, I see a completely different set of agreements can exist among all peoples, agreements in which people can strive towards their own deeper potential. I believe that we will look back to 2020 as a time when the efforts of a few began to support the emergence of this new set of agreements, in critical, high-leverage ways, and that our work played a key role in that emergence. It will have been through the “naming” of the foundations of the new agreements, what we now call ecosynomics, that people began to identify and connect with each other in support of these new agreements.