Alfonso Montuori is an educator, consultant, and musician. His transdisciplinary research has focused on the application of creativity research and complexity to better understand how to live in a complex, pluralistic, uncertain world. He has focused particularly in the areas of leadership, future studies, cultural pluralism, education, and Creative Inquiry. He is working on a book that outlines how our understanding and practice of creativity has changed in a networked world, and articulates a worldview in which creativity is a central, rather than peripheral, phenomenon.
A graduate of the University of London, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the Saybrook Institute, he has been Distinguished Professor in the School of Fine Arts at Miami University of Ohio, and in 1985-1986 taught at the Central South University in the People’s Republic of China.
Alfonso’s books include Evolutionary Competence; From Power to Partnership (co-authored with Isabella Conti), Creators on Creating (co-edited w/Barron & Barron), and Social Creativity, vols. 1-2 (co-edited w/R. Purser). In 2006 he became a San Francisco Library Laureate.
Alfonso has written articles in publications such as Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Education, Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning, and Future Studies, and Journal of Humanistic Psychology. He is on the board of numerous academic journals, the Associate Editor of World Futures: The Journal of Global Education, and editor of the series Advances Systems Theory, Complexity and the Human Sciences for Hampton Press, which has published important works by Gregory Bateson, Gianluca Bocchi & Mauro Ceruti, Edgar Morin, Ervin Laszlo, and other leading complexity thinkers. Alfonso has written numerous forewords for books on transdisciplinarity and complexity, including several by the leading French complexity thinker Edgar Morin.
His translations include Constraints and Possibilities (Gordon & Breach, 1996) by Mauro Ceruti; Solidarity or Barbarism: A Europe of Diversity against Ethnic Cleansing (Peter Lang, 1997); and The Narrative Universe (Hampton Press, 2002), both by Gianluca Bocchi and Mauro Ceruti.
Alfonso has contributed major entries to the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, The Encyclopedia of Creativity, The Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, the Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance, The Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, and the Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.
Alfonso has consulted on leadership, creativity and innovation with numerous organizations, including NetApp, Procter & Gamble, Pacific Bell, Stentor Group (Canada), Kaiser Permanente, Interstate Insurance, Omnitel-Olivetti (Italy), ENEL (Italy), U.S. Department of Labor, University of Missouri Kansas City, Nestle Beverage, Pilkington Barnes Hinde, 3Com, Training Vision (Singapore), & Progressive Insurance.
Alfonso is a dual American and Italian citizen. He was born in Holland, grew up in Lebanon, Greece, and England, and came to the United States in 1983. Alfonso’s father was Italian and his mother Dutch, and Alfonso spoke several languages from an early age. He picked up English, his 4th language, at age 12 when his family moved to London. In London Alfonso worked as an interpreter for Scotland Yard and then as a professional musician performing on saxophone and flute, recording and performing extensively for several years, as well as starting his own indie label, Banana Records. Today, Alfonso continues his passion for music through his collaboration with his wife, jazz singer Kitty Margolis, as producer of her award-winning recordings and tenor saxophone player. He is a voting member of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMYS).