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John R. Whitman


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John R. Whitman teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Until September 2011 he was full time Lecturer at Babson College, where he taught Social Entrepreneurship and Options for Creating Social and Economic Value, and Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School, where he also taught Social Entrepreneurship. He was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, where he taught various graduate courses in education, including Race and Ethnicity in Education, Social and Cultural Analysis of Education Systems, Enrollment Management, Curriculum and Program Development, and Program Evaluation and Assessment.

Dr. Whitman has conducted extensive work in international environmental education and management, started (and sold) an international software tools company, and is now conducting research in alternative forms of organization, including cooperatives, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic foundations, that create both social and economic value. With a grant from Equal Exchange, a fair trade cooperative, Dr. Whitman is developing a curriculum on cooperatives for use worldwide. Dr. Whitman is also Executive Director of the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization established to inspire and support economic, social, and health development and wellbeing East of the River, DC.

Dr. Whitman was raised in the U.S. Foreign Service and spent formative years in Norway, Israel, Pakistan, Egypt and Japan.


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  • Ph.D. (2006) University of Toronto, Adult Education and Comparative Education
  • Ed.M. (1979) Harvard University, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy
  • A.B. (1972) Boston University , Philosophy