A Brief History

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.

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.