‘Because the ego started to grow bigger than the project itself’: a case study of founder’s syndrome on an educational community of practise

  title={‘Because the ego started to grow bigger than the project itself’: a case study of founder’s syndrome on an educational community of practise},
  author={Donovon Keith Ceaser},
  journal={Ethnography and Education},
  pages={459 - 476}
  • D. Ceaser
  • Published 2 October 2018
  • Psychology
  • Ethnography and Education
ABSTRACT In 2010 I worked at Green Shoots, a nonprofit service-learning urban farming school started by John Browne. Despite an openly egalitarian community of practise ethic, Browne used his leadership to create a hierarchy at the school that eventually led to a walk-out by staff in which he responded by outright firing them. Using the theory of founder’s syndrome, or the tendency of a founder to subvert the aims of their organization, I examine Browne’s leadership and how his attitude… 
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