Who is Ned Hamson

Ned Hamson is Edwin and Carmen Hamson's son. I am called Ned because my mother did not want people calling me "Junior" and the two of them had a good friend in Hatfield, Massachusetts named Ned -- so Ned, I am.

I am in Cincinnati (Mt. Healthy), Ohio, 45231. Reach me in person upon appointment or urgent need at 513-226-5322 or nedhamson@positivefuturesguide.com

My background includes 30 years of both professional and volunteer work across the globe as a manager, guide and advisor, writer, researcher, editor, strategist, and advocate focused on individual, team, and organizational performance improvement and innovation; advocating just and humane thinking and action toward people, animals, plants and well… the planet.

My aim is to help those interested in creating and sustaining positive futures; in short, I help those who want to create an innovation that will work and last (stick).

My "official" back up to who and what I am and why you can rely on me.


Lead author: After Atlantis: Working, Managing and Leading in Turbulent Times, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997, Hamson, Lyons, Heckman, Exerbille and Beerten.

Co-author: Managing Quality (March 2002), Zuckerman and Hamson, Capstone Publications.

Global Innovation (April 2002) Hamson and Holder, Capstone Publications.

Book Chapters:

Author: "Managing Quality" in Portable MBA for Project Management, Eric Verzuh, Editor, Wiley & Sons, March, 2003

Co-Author:  "What's Love Got to do with It?” in Creating Quality Reform: Programs, Communities, and Governance, Owens and Simmons, Pearson Education, 2002

Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Articles:

The Journal for Quality and Participation, 1996-2002. 40+ articles

Business Standards: BSI Americas electronic magazine 1998-2002. Multiple articles.

The Hindu -- Signpost supplement (newspaper -- India), 2001. 4 articles

Forbes Magazine -- Advertorial supplement on quality and teamwork (1988, 1989, & 1990)

New Renaissance: Living an Open Life (with Frank Heckman) and “Introducing the Real Patch Adams: An Interview

The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 9 (1), 2004, "Why Innovation Doesn't Work: And What To Do About It"


Senior Editor: The Journal for Quality and Participation, Association for Quality and Participation from 1997 to 2002.

As sole editor, I worked in close contact with leading unions, organizations, consultants, and practitioners in the quality and participative management field. Morton Bahr, Stephen Schlossberg, Owen Bieber, John Stepp, Dick Danjin, Fred and Merrelyn Emery, Peter Lazes, Gifford and Libba Pinchot, Jan Ridderstråle, Armand V. Feigenbaum, Phil Crosby, Tom Peters, Dr. Deming, Dr. Juran, Dr, Ishikawa, Peter Senge, Dr. Chris Argyris, Russ Ackoff, former CEOs of Xerox, GM and current CEO of Federal Express (Paul Allaire, Roger Smith, and Fred Smith), Secretary of Labor Reich, as well as President Clinton are just a few of those whom I brought to The Journal for Quality and Participation as its editor.


I have an ongoing relationship with approximately 200 leading American and international authors, consultants, academics, practitioners (Canada, Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Kenya, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand).

Past Affiliations:

Vice President - Madisonville Community Council - Cincinnati

Moderator - Mobilization for Animals

Chairperson - End Pound Seizure in Ohio Campaign

Campaign Chair for Congressional Campaign of Thomas E. Porter

Member of New Thought Unity Center

Member Arab-American Association


1975-1979:   All but dissertation, Univ. of Cincinnati

1973-1975:   M.A., Univ. of Cincinnati

1967-1969:   B.A., School for International Service, American Univ., Washington, DC

1966: Spring Semester, Univ. of the Seven Seas -- Chapman College (now World Campus Afloat). Conducted extensive research on political economy in: Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Lebanon, Djibouti, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Italy, Algiers, Morocco and Madeira.

1962-1965:   Attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College (Editor of The Mountaineer, 1963-64)

1959-1962:   Northview High School, Covina, California (Editor of The Valhalla – 1960-61)

Employment background:

2002-Present: Freelance writing and advising, as well as substitute teaching for the Mt. Healthy City School District (senior and middle schools).

1985-2002: Publications Manager, Editor, Senior Editor, Writer and Strategic Alliances Liaison, Association for Quality and Participation

1974-1985: Legislative Assistant, City of Cincinnati Councilmembers Peter Strauss and James Cissell

Served as administrative assistant, press relations, neighborhood development specialist, and legislative assistant to both during their separate terms.

* Wrote and coordinated passage of a consumer protection law under Councilmember Cissell that established a consumer protection office in Cincinnati.

* Planned and coordinated three successful challenges of gas and electric utility rates by the City of Cincinnati and initiated research that led the local utility, CG&E, to withdraw support for its, then planned and under-construction Zimmer nuclear power station.

* As community liaison and coordinator, Hamson helped one community get a recreation center that had been in the planning for 10 years and assisted two neighborhood restaurants in staying in business after being threatened with demolition without relocation benefits by the City of Cincinnati

1958-1973:   Prior to those positions, I held a lots positions in both the public and private sector – each of them taught me invaluable lessons about change, innovation, and making things work or run well.

1980: Regional Census Field Manager (a four county area)

1973-1978:   The University of Cincinnati: teaching and research assistant in American Public Policy

1971-1973:   Herschede Jewelers: management training: Watch repair, Sales, Inventory control

1967-1970:   The Smithsonian Institute: Museum Shop manager (Air & Space and Natural History)

1966-1967:   Epoxylite Corp.: Head Mixer

1963-1964:   Aerojet General: Cost accounting clerk

1959-1960:   Intercommunity Hospital Dishwasher - part time

1958-1965:   Little Joe's Catering Part time "whatever" was needed (cook, server, pot washer, host, etc)

For the record, I was born July 13, 1944 in Northampton, Massachusetts; adopted January 1945, raised in Los Angeles, California (1947-1966), and have resided in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1971. Married, no children, seven permanent and two foster cats.

Take me back to the index page, Ned!

Copyright Ned Hamson 2005