About Mark Federman, Ph.D.

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An unconventional, yet strategic thinker, Dr. Mark Federman has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the high-technology industry as executive, manager and consultant, spanning disciplines including research and development, marketing, sales, operations and strategic leadership. Mark played the role of Chief Strategist at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto, and has been a visiting professor in media studies at both the Fachhochschule (Polytechnic University) in Kiel Germany, and at Högskölan för Lärande och Kommunikation (School of Education and Communications) in Jönköping Sweden. Mark has recently been appointed Dean, Faculty of Coaching, Leadership and Organization Development at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. In this role, he is facilitating the creation and accreditation of a new Masters degree in Leadership and Organization Development, and Coaching.

Emerging from his ground-breaking, doctoral research on Valence Theory, Mark’s practice focuses on providing insightful facilitation through creating great environments of engagement among an organization’s members. For organizational leaders, he provides executive guidance for mindful leadership. For organizations that are facing particular challenges when coping with issues impinging on organization culture and adapting to complex times, Mark facilitates process of organizational therapy and healing, using a variety of techniques customized and tailored to the uniqueness of the transformational challenges. For a more in-depth description of what Mark does, you are invited to read the left-brain version or the right-brain version, and to download his one-page Personal Introduction.

Mark’s research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto is entitled From BAH to ba: Valence Theory and the future of organization. This work strives to re-theorize the concept and consequences of organization for our contemporary circumstances, providing a wider range of questions that can reasonably be asked of practical situations, and substantially more humanistic options for decision making that are not otherwise available to managers.

Some of his recent publications and keynotes have examined “Take Me to Your Leaders: Collaborative leadership and the power of trust,” “No Educator Left Behind: The present future of educator reform,” “Generation Gap: Why today’s youth are living in tomorrow’s world,” “Not Your Father’s (or Mother’s) Normal: The future of new-television,’”  “How Do We Know: The changing culture of knowledge,” “The Penguinist Discourse: A critical application of open source software project management to organization development,” “How to Know What Business You’re Really In,” “Creating a Culture of Innovation,” and “Why Johnny and Janey Can’t Read and Why Mr. and Ms. Smith Can’t Teach: A brief history of knowledge and knowledge authority.” His complete curriculum vitae lists all of his publications and invited keynotes, as well as some of his many media appearances.

Mark provides thought leadership on issues relating to consequences of the seemingly massive changes that are occurring throughout society. Most recently, he has been invited to provide keynote addresses to senior federal public servants, health care researchers and policy makers, teachers, education administrators and policy advisors, and senior executives in the advertising, marketing, branding and public relations industry. Internationally, Mark has spoken about the future emergence of culture for UNESCO, and at universities in Canada, United States, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Poland, and the Slovak Republic. The University of Toronto lists Mark as one of its experts; he frequently provides commentary for major television, radio, and press networks in Canada and the United States.

An internationally sought lecturer, speaker, facilitator and playshop leader, Mark consults to businesses and government agencies as a strategy advisor using a variety of thinking tools and critical frameworks as approaches to gaining awareness, perception and insight into complex issues in an environment of continual change.

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