Leading Generously

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 1 Neither tales of progress nor of ruin tell us how to think about collaborative survival.

— Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 While the crisis lasted, people loved each other.

— Dorothy Day, From Union Square to Rome

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In early 2018, I posted the draft manuscript of Generous Thinking for open review here at Humanities Commons. It was an invigorating and enormously helpful process, as had been the similar open review I’d conducted for my previous book, Planned Obsolescence back in 2009.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Generous Thinking was an important project for me personally, one that allowed me to imagine the kind of academy I most wanted to work in and the ways I wanted to work in it. Really thinking about how to get from where we are to where we want to be, however, required a different kind of project.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 I am hoping that Leading Generously might be a step in that direction. As before, I’m posting the draft manuscript here for open review. This time out it’s a second-round review; I posted early drafts of many of these chapters to my blog over the last few months of 2020. The feedback I received there, as well as the responses from the anonymous readers of the proposal I submitted to Johns Hopkins University Press, helped me shape the research and writing that have led to this draft.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The project remains very much in process. As always, it’s a product of my own limited perspective, and it’s in need of your generous critical responses. I very much look forward to the discussion.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Thanks are due to Greg Britton at Hopkins for his ongoing support of this project, as well as of my still somewhat unconventional ways of pursuing it. Many thanks as well to the amazing Humanities Commons team here at Michigan State University, as well as to the models of generous leadership from whom I get to learn every day in the Department of English, in DH@MSU, in MESH Research, and in the College of Arts and Letters at MSU.

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