James L. Ritchie-Dunham

James L. Ritchie-Dunham

Department Associate

Social and Behavioral Sciences



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://isclarity.org/collections.]

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.

The strategic systems-change frameworks and implementation processes I developed have guided 1,000s of groups in 100s of initiatives in 59 countries, in 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 59 countries and survey data from >164,000 responses in 126 countries. My scholarly network includes formal affiliations at UTAustin, Harvard, and ISC's global 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 this work in the books Agreements (2023), 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 27 countries over the past 30 years.

PhD, 05/2002, Decision Sciences
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

MIM, 06/1990, International Management
Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ

MBA, 06/1991, Business Administration
ESADE, Barcelona, Spain

BSPE, 12/1988, Petroleum Engineering
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK