The Global Commons: Origins & Possibilities

Dr. Leo Burke
Sunday, April 26
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

The idea of the commons, or that which is needed and shared by all, has existed in a legal form since the Roman Empire and as a principle of community life in Indigenous cultures for millennia. Leo Burke joins Dean Lind for a conversation about the emerging global commons movement and how reframing the waters of the Great Lakes Basin as a commons may offer the best hope for effectively stewarding them.

Leo Burke directs the Global Commons Initiative at the Mendoza College of Business, the University of Notre Dame. The Global Commons Initiative offers education on the commons both within Mendoza and in conjunction with partners such as the United Nations.

From December 2000 through June 2008, he served as Associate Dean and Director of Executive Education. During his tenure as associate dean, Notre Dame Executive Education successfully launched several new programs including an Executive MBA program in Chicago and the highly acclaimed Executive Integral Leadership Program. His current teaching interests center on the global commons, emerging trends in business and society, and radically new models of leadership development.

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Burke served in a variety of roles at Motorola, Inc., including Director and Dean of the College of Leadership and Transcultural Studies within Motorola University. He was a key architect of premier leadership development programs in both China and India.

Leo Burke is the recipient of honors and awards from both Motorola and Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. in Political Science from Indiana University, and a M.S. in Organization Development from Aurora University.