Kate Isaacs

At MIT, Kate’s research focuses on collaborations across business, government, and civil society sectors. She works on questions of how people make meaning of complex and ethically contentious issues, and the nature and effectiveness of their communications around such issues. She also studies new, distributed forms of leadership and organization, in which many individualsnot just formal leaderswork across boundaries to mobilize the collective intelligence of a social system to create and achieve desired goals. She conducts research in contexts that offer insight into social and environmental sustainability, and human thriving, creativity, and wellbeing.

Kate has worked in a research capacity with the Generative Change Community, which promotes dialogic practices in support of individual, organizational, and systems transformation, and with Generon Consulting, the Global Action Network Net, and Rocky Mountain Institute. She has also held positions in municipal water resources and planning in Colorado, environmental consulting in California, and as a backcountry researcher in Alaska. She is a certified ShadowWork facilitator and trained in the Subject-Object method for evaluating developmental meaning-making.

Prior to her PhD work, Kate earned an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from the Engineering Systems Division at MIT and simultaneously worked towards an M.A. in Conscious Evolution from the Graduate Institute. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from the Oakland University Honors College in Rochester, Michigan. She currently lives in Concord, Massachusetts and enjoys biking, skiing, yoga, and running.