Sustaining High Performance -- in Cape Town, South Africa -- at UCT GSB

ISC President Jim Ritchie-Dunham will speak at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 on "Sustaining High Performance."

This talk is hosted by UCT's GSB and Vibrancy South Africa's Anna Cowan and John Ziniades from Meshfield.

In this 60-minute, interactive talk, I will show you how 10,000s of organizations around the world are achieving an order of magnitude increase in efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation on a sustainable basis, in substantially more humane organizations. I will show you what they are doing, how they are doing it, and how you can as well.

Even though these groups are doing this right in front of everyone, for decades, we find that very few in their industry and geography copy them. We propose an explanation: they start with a completely different assumption base than everyone else, one rooted in principles described in the emerging social science of abundance. This shift changes how they see the resources they have, how they make and enforce decisions, what they value, and how they organize. To explain the impact of this shift, we have developed the Ecosynomics framework, which we have begun to test, starting with 2,200 survey responses from 90 countries.

With this abundance-based framework, we have developed processes to support people in making the shift from unconsciously accepted scarcity-based agreements to consciously chosen abundance-based agreements, enabling them to begin to achieve similar results. In the past 40 months, we have field-tested this toolkit with 71 groups in 4 countries. I highlight this work with 3 tools (experience-based survey, agreements evidence map, strategic systems mapping) applied to 2 case studies of a textile company THORLO and a multi-stakeholder process establishing Vermont's (USA) audacious state-wide policy of achieving a portfolio of 80% renewable energy in electricity, heating, transportation, and efficiency in 20 years. I complete the talk with a 4-fold invitation for you to engage in this work.

Jim Ritchie-Dunham, PhD is president of the Institute for Strategic Clarity (, president of the global Vibrancy network (, an adjunct researcher at Harvard University, and an adjunct professor of strategy at the EGADE Business School. A life-long student, he has a BS Petroleum Engineering from Univ. of Tulsa, an MIM from Thunderbird, an MBA from ESADE, a PhD from UT Austin and post-docs from MIT's Sloan School and Harvard's Psychology Department. Through his consulting, research, and teaching, he has worked with dozens of groups in business, civil society, government, and global action networks around the world. His work is represented in Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance (2014) with Bettye Pruitt, "Strategic Clarity" (2007, Long Range Planning) with L.M. Puente, and Managing from Clarity (2001) with H.T. Rabbino.