Call for chapter proposals to the new publication exploring leadership in commons until 15 December

Editors: Devin Singh, Kathleen Curran, and Randal Joy Thompson

Proposal Submission Deadline: 15 December 2019

Anticipated Publication Date: October 2021 – Emerald Group Publishing

Complete Submission Information:

Email Submission to: with subject line: Chapter Proposal – Leadership of the Commons



The theme of this volume focuses on how leadership is practiced on the commons, an important phenomenon that has spawned a worldwide commons movement. The process of creating commons, namely commoning, is a process of managing shared resources or services that does not depend on the state or the private sector/market but rather depends on individuals coming together as a collaborative community. The commons that result from commoning can include collaborative management of natural or human-made resources for which everyone has the right of access, or for which access is regulated by the community, knowledge, the Internet, services, time banks, cooperatives, or a variety of other endeavors that can be managed by a community. We invite proposals for a chapters describing leadership in commons in agriculture, natural resources, urban spaces, knowledge, genetics, and other areas where commons are flourishing. In their proposal, authors should focus on describing and analyzing leadership as it was/is practiced in a particular case, how leadership is practiced in general in particular types of commons, or how leadership differs from and interacts with governance.

About the Editors:

Devin Singh is founder and president of Leadership Kinetics, LLC, which helps high achievers lead with boldness and authenticity, without sacrificing their values. He is also a tenured Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on religion in the modern West, social ethics, and philosophy of religion. He holds an MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a PhD in religious studies from Yale. Singh is the author of Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West (Stanford, 2018), which explores the close link between religious language and the power of money in society. His work has been featured in Time, The Huffington Post, and the Harvard Theological Review.

Kathleen Curran, global leadership coach, facilitator and consultant, is the founder and principal of Intercultural Systems. She specializes in developing global leader identity and boundary spanning capacity. She holds MAs in Intercultural Communication and Human and Organizational Development; her PhD research focuses on global talent development in Asia. Focusing on global resonance and global identity development, her recent publications include “Developing Global Resonance for Global Leadership,” published in the 2018 ILA BLB volume Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability, “Global Identity Tensions for Global Leader” in Advances in Global Leadership, Volume 12, edited by Joyce S. Osland, Sebastian Reiche, Betina Szkudlarek, and Mark Mendenhall; and “Global Identity and Global Leadership: Becoming, Knowing and Doing Differently” in The Study and Practice of Global Leadership, edited by Gama Perucci (forthcoming 2020).

Randal Joy Thompson is an International Development Scholar-Practitioner and Founder of the company Excellence, Equity, and Empowerment. As a US Foreign Service Officer for 28 years, she advised governments on improving systems for citizen welfare. She holds a MA in Philosophy, an MBA, and a PhD in Organizational Systems. She co-edited along with Julia Storberg Walker the award-winning ILA 2018 volume Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability. She has chapters in several ILA volumes and many other publications. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons and attended the 2019 IASC Conference in Lima, Peru.