World-wide, tens of thousands of groups, in business, government, civil society, and communities are in the process of experimenting with and reinventing their fundamental agreements and discovering they can generate higher levels of sustainable outcomes and harmonic co-existence. They are demonstrating new ways of relating - in work and in life - which are more sustainable and lead to greater efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation than has long been the accepted norm
We envision a world in which virtually all individuals and groups will experience such enhanced capacities by stepping more fully and consciously into their deeper potentialities. The Institute for Strategic Clarity exists to support those who, in their striving to achieve greater harmonic vibrancy, are leading the way toward this goal
The work of the Institute for Strategic Clarity (ISC) began in 1993 in Mexico City, where ISC founder, Jim Ritchie-Dunham, formed a team to explore the social dynamics of complex organizations through system dynamics simulation, as described in the 1999 System Dynamics Review paper on dengue in Mexico.
This work evolved into a strategic systems framework applied in dozens of organizations in over twenty countries, which is described in the 2001 Wiley & Sons book Managing from Clarity and the 2008 Long Range Planning article "Strategic Clarity".
ISC was formally incorporated in the USA in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) research and education non-profit organization, focused on developing participatory processes and systemic methodologies for transforming people's capacity to address complex societal issues and realize their highest aspirations for a greater social good. An example of this work was described in the 2008 chapter in Alleviating Poverty through Business Strategy on ISC's action-research project in Guatemala. These strategic systems-change frameworks and implementation processes developed at ISC have guided 1,000s of groups in 100s of initiatives in 49 countries, in banking, building renovation, development, education, energy, health, manufacturing, and the SDGs. This work has been led by a global network of organizational and community leaders, process experts, and scholars. This work is funded by the groups themselves, foundations, and public grants.
ISC's work shifted in 2009 to focus on the emergence of Ecosynomics as a new form of human agreements, integrating previous forms of socio-psycho-economic frameworks. Based on this foundational research, described in the 2014 book Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance, ISC is now focusing on clarifying the strategic understanding of abundance-based agreements in human interactions. The research on abundance-based systems of agreements fields (ecosynomic pactoecography) is informed by field tests in 49 countries and survey data from >130,000 responses in 126 countries.