An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Reimaging Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable and Just Society 

Presenters: Kathleen Curran, Éliane Ubalijoro, Antonio Jimenez-Luque, Randal Joy Thompson, and Scott J. Allen (Moderator)

Date: 8 March 2022 

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What are “Commons” and what can we learn about effective, ethical, and equitable leadership practices from them?  

The authors of a new book on Reimagining Leadership on the Commons delve into the answers in this webinar.  

Using case studies of commons’ leadership, this webinar aims to provide pathways toward a more ethical, equitable, and just world, by sharing: 

  • Leadership approaches derived from a complex, adaptive, open, whole systems perspective 
  • A more relational, distributed, and collaborative leadership paradigm  
  • Leadership practices that recognize that, rather than being individualist self-maximizers, people prefer to work together to share benefits and build a society based on ethical behavior, equality, and justice.  

The discussion will highlight three success stories on how communities have come together to solve pressing challenges: Kathleen Curran’s hybrid commons-corporate leadership model is reflected in the values and operating principles of the company Patagonia; The role of distributed leadership in managing open-access information for small women shareholders in Africa and the impact of such leadership on their livelihood is the topic of Éliane Ubalijoro’s chapter; and Antonio Jimenez-Luque will discuss two commons in Barcelona that distribute energy and telecommunications access. Finally, Randal Thompson will discuss the concept of proleptic leadership which is driven by a vision of a better future and the contention that we should always lead with this future vision invading the present and influencing our behavior. 

Speaker Information

Kathleen Curran

Kathleen Curran, PhD, Founder and Principal, Intercultural Systems 

Kathleen Curran is a scholar-practitioner with 25+ years professional experience in Asia, and practicing internationally. A Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University and principal of Intercultural Systems, she specializes in developing global leadership in mindset and capability for spanning cultural boundaries.  Her research focuses on co-creating freedom, equity, and belonging through global responsible leadership and talent development within the global enterprise. Recent publications include “Global Identity and Global Leadership:  Knowing, Doing, and Becoming – Differently,” The Study and Practice of Global Leadership (2022); “Global Identity Tensions for Global Leaders,” Advances in Global Leadership, 12, (2019). Kathleen is the 2022 Chair of the ILA Business Leadership Member Community.  

Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age 

Éliane Ubalijoro works globally at the intersections of science, policy, and practice. She is a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She is a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. Eliane has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame since its inception in September 2007. She is a member of the Impact Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet and a member of the Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board.   

Antonio Jimenez-Luque

Antonio Jimenez-Luque, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego  

Antonio Jimenez-Luque explores how cultural, social, and historical perspectives influence conceptualizations and practice of leadership understood as a relational process of mobilization, emancipation, and social change. From 2004-2013, he was the Coordinator for the International Cooperation for Development at the University of Barcelona Solidarity Foundation. From 2014 to 2018, he was an Adjunct professor and Intercultural Research Associate at Gonzaga University. Since 2018, he has been teaching at the University of San Diego and developing his research agenda on issues of leadership and social justice from a critical, global and intercultural perspective. His topics include organizational culture and identity, decolonial leadership, and social change leadership.  

Randal Joy Thompson

Randal Joy Thompson, PhD, CEO of Dream Connect Global 

Randal Joy Thompson, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner with 40 years professional experience in international development, serving in countries around the world. A Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, her research focuses on the commons, on gender, education, evaluation, and organization development. Her publications include Proleptic Leadership on the Commons: Ushering in a New Global Order (2020), Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability (2018) which won the Human Resource Development R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award, and many chapters in ILA books including The Study & Practice of Global Leadership (in print). 

Scott J. Allen

Scott J. Allen, PhD,
Reid Chair in Management, John Carroll University 

Scott J. Allen, PhD, is a speaker, professor, author, and entrepreneur who empowers people and organizations to build stellar leaders. He is the host of two podcasts: Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders, the ILA’s official podcast, and The Captovation Podcast on effective presentations. He speaks, consults, coaches leaders, facilitates workshops, and leads retreats across industries. Scott is the Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University, where he is an Associate Professor. He teaches courses in leadership, management, executive communication, and the future of work. Scott’s primary research focuses on leadership development. He has published more than 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.