Leadership of the Commons: How Collaboration is Changing the Governance of Shared Resources and Services Around the World

An Edited Volume in the International Leadership Association series Building Leadership Bridges, published by Emerald Group Publishing

Call for Chapter Proposals Deadline: 15 December 2019

Emerald Group Publishing Logo The International Leadership Association (ILA) invites you to submit a chapter proposal for possible inclusion in the volume entitled Leadership of the Commons: How Collaboration is Changing the Governance of Shared Resources and Services Around the World and to be published in 2021 by Emerald Group Publishing.

Book Summary

The theme of this proposed 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. One reason that the commons movement is growing so fast is that the State and the private sector have failed to manage these aspects of our lives in an equitable way and their management has contributed to the degradation of the environment as well as to increased inequality.

The book will advance leadership knowledge and practice by obtaining information from practicing commons scholars and practitioners on how leadership is practiced on the commons and possibly allow the construction of a model of leadership on the commons.

We are requesting that commons scholars and practitioners submit proposals and subsequently chapters describing leadership in commons in agriculture, natural resources, urban spaces, knowledge, genetics, and other areas where commons are flourishing. Authors should focus on describing and analyzing leadership as it was/is practiced in a particular case or how leadership is practiced in general in particular types of commons or how leadership differs from and interacts with governance.

Submission Guidelines

Interested authors should develop a (1,000-words maximum) proposal or summary of their proposed chapter to submit initially. The deadline to submit is December 15, 2019. Preliminary acceptance (announced at the end of January 2020) will be based on these proposals. Selected authors will fully develop their submissions with input from the editor – a full manuscript will be due to the editors by September 30, 2020. Decisions will be based on the clarity of thought and writing in the proposal and the extent to which it fits the purposes of this book. Submitted chapters must be previously unpublished and must adhere to the following specifications:

All submissions must meet these guidelines. If guidelines are not met, submission may be excluded from consideration. Send submissions electronically as a WORD DOCUMENT (do not send a PDF!) to ILA c/o Megan Scribner at blbsubmissions@gmail.com by December 15, 2019. The subject line of your email should be: Proposal - Leadership of the Commons: How Collaboration is Changing the Governance of Shared Resources and Services Around the World.


Proposals will be reviewed in December and January and preliminary acceptances will be sent out by January 31, 2020. If you do not hear back from ILA by February 14, 2020 regarding your submitted abstract, please contact us at blbsubmissions@gmail.com.

About the Editors

Devin Singh 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 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 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 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.

About Building Leadership Bridges

Each year the International Leadership Association publishes one or more books that capture the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the series seeks to publish work at the nexus of theory and practice that advances leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. The series is published by Emerald Group Publishing. As a member benefit, ILA purchases and distributes books from the series to association members. View a list of past volumes: http://www.ila-net.org/BLB.

About the International Leadership Association

The world has a deep and pressing need for leadership. It is what inspires and enables humanity to face the challenges in a complex, diverse, and ever-changing world. The ILA is committed to advancing leadership knowledge and practice by creating a trusted space for leadership learning across boundaries and providing a trusted source of leadership resources for our members, partners, and the public. The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Today, ILA is the largest worldwide community committed to leadership scholarship, development, and practice. We accomplish our mission through the synergy that occurs by bringing together our members and partners; collectively having a multiplier impact on leadership and change. For twenty years the ILA has convened extraordinary talent across sectors, cultures, disciplines, and generations. Our members and partners are at the forefront, inspiring new thinking and shaping the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.