Proleptic Leadership on the Commons: Ushering in a New Global Order

Randal Joy Thompson
Excellence, Equity, and Empowerment, USA

Product Details
22 Oct 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
256 pages - 152 x 229mm
Capitalism is in crisis and, according to some, on the verge of collapse. Will this dying system give way to a commons-centric society as many scholars and activists predict? Will leadership become an antedated function, no longer needed in the self-organized, collaborative commons? 

These questions inspired the author of Proleptic Leadership on the Commons: Ushering in a New Global Order to explore the history of the commons movement, the recent systems frameworks that carve out a transformational commons path forward, and the leadership theories that honor the chaos and complexity of our times and encourage emergent change toward a more egalitarian society based on care, obligation, and collaboration. Viewing the commons as a vehicle for a new world order, Randal Joy Thompson proposes ‘proleptic leadership’, which envisions how leaders will continue to be essential in a commons-centric world as the custodians of responsible agency and conscious choice. 

Mapping out how leaders can achieve higher levels of consciousness and traverse liminal space in order to be ethical and caring agents of change, this book challenges us to reflect on our commitment to creating a more nurturing future, and evaluate how our own qualities might help manifest, or perhaps hinder, that future.
Part I: A Brief History of the Commons from Antiquity to Today 
Chapter 1. Evolution of the Idea of the Commons and the first Enclosure Movement 
Chapter 2. Re-Emergence of the Commons in Contemporary Society 
Chapter 3. The Second Enclosure Movement: Contemporary Enclosure and Commodification of the Commons Chapter 4. Reasons for the Rise of the Commons 
Part II: Commoning and the Transition to a Commons-Centric Society 
Chapter 5. Grounded Theory of the Commons 
Chapter 6. Transition to a Commons-Centric Society 
Chapter 7. Commoners Role in the Transition 
Chapter 8. Challenges of the Transition 
Part III: Leading on the Commons 
Chapter 9. Reclaiming Leadership on the Commons 
Chapter 10. Proleptic Leadership
Randal Joy Thompson is a scholar-practitioner who, for many decades, has lived and worked globally in international development. She is principal and founder of the companies Dream Connect Global and Excellence, Equity and Empowerment.

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