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James Keen

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Education

In addition to mentoring at Walden and sometimes teaching the EDUC 8116 course on leadership, I currently work as a leadership development consultant and coach with clients in both Europe and the US. In 1998, after stepping down from the vice president role at Antioch, I began commuting to Europe to work with another long time colleague, Tom Cummings. In 2008 we published our book, Leadership Landscapes (Macmillan-Palgrave.) I enjoy teaching at Walden and particularly enjoy working with students. I first worked with the subject matter around which I typically mentor when I was a doctoral candidate at Harvard’s Graduate School in Education back in the 1970s. That led to my appointment as Associate Director of the Club of Rome’s Learning Project which produced an important book, No Limits to Learning (Pergamon Press, 1979), which addressed the global conditions of learning. The book also framed a proposal for upgrading learning around the world to increase the capacity of humankind to anticipate and respond more proactively to the changes portended by the limits identified in the Club of Rome’s classic book of the early 1970s, the Limits to Growth. No Limits to Learning had world-wide impact, although it was very little read in the US because it ran counter to the prevailing ideology of the 1980s that all limits to growth were a fiction. Afterwards, I served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program reviewing adult education initiatives in post-colonial Africa and then served as Chairman of the Board of The International Center for Integrative Studies which hosted a number of meetings on related topics in the 1990s. I continue to do consulting work within the UN nongovernmental organization community.

In the last decade I taught units on education and development as a human right in the context of the curriculum of peace studies at Antioch University, where I also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs of Antioch College. I’ve also held faculty positions at Monmouth University, Lesley University, Harvard Divinity School, and Goddard College. I co-authored a book describing a large research study: Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8116 - Leadership for Change


EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education