Jim Moore is passionate about expanding digitally enhanced citizen political participation, and about bridging the global digital divide and increasing access to information technologies in developing countries.
Jim wrote The Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head. which sums up his central interest: Can citizens worldwide join through communications technology, engage international institutions, and become a transnational "second superpower" to counterbalance and dialogue with the U.S. government in its role as superpower? What is the nature of "super power" in the world? Why do we need it? What forms can it take? What are the benefits and costs/risks of particular approaches to super power?
Many useful questions are raised in the process of exploring how to make this admittedly far-flung idea real. How can we best use the Internet and other communications media to promote global citizen participation? How can the relationship between global citizens and international institutions be expanded and made more effective? What is the role for "emergent democracy" and NGOs and other citizens groups in shaping the future of world society? What new forms of citizen self-understanding and consciousness are developing in web-intensive social movements? What are the implications of these developments for politics?
Jimís perspective on the digital divide is that it is often best bridged by local entrepreneurs in developing countries who are seeking to establish digital businesses to make their own societies more effective, and to support global trade to benefit their regions. Jim is particularly interested in the role of laws and policies that encourage local entrepreneurs. Jim is working on a long-term case study on digital development in Ghana. He was a member of the United States delegation to the Digital Opportunity Task Force of the G8 group of nations, he was past chair of the board of Hewlett-Packardís e-Inclusion initiative, and was a member of the Markle Foundation e-strategy consultation to the South African government.
Jim is a business and technology strategist who wrote the best seller The Death of Competition: Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems (HarperBusiness, 1996) and a McKinsey Award winning Harvard Business Review article "Predators and Prey: A New Ecology of Competition." He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GeoPartners Research, which he led from 1990 to 1999. GeoPartners was regarded as one of the most influential strategy consulting firms in the high technology sector. The company pioneered the widely adopted "business ecosystems" approach to strategy and strategic alliances. His clients ranged from Intel and AT&T to Jim Henson Productions. The company was sold to Renaissance Worldwide in 1999.
Jim earned a doctorate in Human Development (clinical developmental psychology) from Harvard in 1983, where he conducted research on the cognition and expert practice, and worked closely with C. Roland Christensen, one of the founders of modern business strategy. Jim continued his research as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Organizations at Stanford in 1983-84, and as a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Business School in 1984-85. He attended Williams College (Massachusetts) and earned his undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 1975.
Jim contributes his time to a number of initiatives in the human rights and global health and economic development arenas. Jim is an active supporter of the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Harvard AIDS Institute, which works primarily with AIDS in Africa. He is a member of the Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA.