Doug Walton, PhD


Adjunct Professor


PhD, Organization Systems, Saybrook University
MA, Information Technology, Harvard University


Doug Walton is passionate about how we purposefully and intentionally change our businesses and communities for the better. Over the past 20+ years, he has been researching the success and failure of change initiatives, and he has been integrating his findings into practical, effective change methods. He put these approaches into practice at some of the most well-known companies in the world, including Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, Memorex, and The Clorox Company.

In 2017, he founded a consulting company called Empowerbase Consulting, which helps organizations build their change capability.

Scholarly Work

Walton, D. (2018). Generating Change: Anywhere, Anytime, by Anybody. Pleasanton, CA: Rooster Press.

Walton, D. (2014). Social Systems Design in Organizational Change. In G. Metcalf (Ed.), Social Systems and Design. Japan: Springer.

Walton, D. (2012). An internet-based framework for empowering social change. Berlin: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller.

Walton, D., & Dunsky, H. (2004). Dialogue as the communication method of choice in the new agoras for the 21st century. In B. H. Banathy & P. Jenlink (Eds.), Dialogue as a Collective Means of Communication. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Walton, D. (2007). Revitalizing the public sphere: The current system of discourse and the need for the participative design of social action. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 20, 5, 369-386.

Walton, D. (2007). Is modern information technology enabling the evolution of a more direct democracy? World Futures, 63,5 & 6,36 –385

Walton, D., Horiuchi, Y., Rowland, G., Kordes, U., Fuchs, C., & Rivera, B. (2007). Igniting a new form of design conversation. Journal of the Shibuara Institute of Technology, 41, 1, 67-77.

Walton, D. (2004). Modeling organizational systems: Banathy’s three lenses revisited. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 17(4), 265 – 284.

Walton, D. (May/June 2004). Designing within: Dr. Bela H. Banathy’s contributions to the self-organization of public discourse. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 21,3,281-293