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James L. Ritchie-Dunham

James L. Ritchie-Dunham  PhD
President, Institute for Strategic Clarity
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What does working with the Center mean to you?

At the core of the Center’s work to shift human systems in a way that ensures a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future lie human agreements about human health, the environment, and their intersection. I see that the immense challenges influencing global health and the global environment require massive shifts in local-level agreement structures across many stakeholder groups, on a global basis. Everyone everywhere now. This shift requires a level of collaborative effort rarely seen until today. In our work at the Institute for Strategic Clarity, we have identified thousands of groups working this way today, in 98 countries, and we have figured out: (1) how to find them; (2) how to describe what makes them different; and (3) how to support other groups in shifting towards this requisite level of collaborative capacity. It is through their agreement structures. We believe this is a key leverage-point intervention that will enable everyone everywhere to take on the global health and environment challenges. I see the Center playing a critical role at this strategic intersection.


As an agreements-field decision scientist, James is a student of human agreements, exploring how people make agreements, why they don’t see most of them, and how to change them. He does this in practice and in scholarship. He is president of the Institute for Strategic Clarity. As a scholar, he has explored and documented the foundations of strategy, large-scale social change, and ecosynomics. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and executive education at leading universities in 23 countries. He is also president of Vibrancy Ins., a global network that brings together the worlds of research, publishing, consulting, and conferencing to support people in exploring new agreements and higher levels of impact resilience and engagement.

He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, an MIM from Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from ESADE Business School, a PhD in Decision Sciences from UT Austin, a postdoc in system dynamics and organizational studies from MIT, and a postdoc in psychology from Harvard.