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Etta Jackson, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.


Dr. Etta Jackson at her Dissertation Defense.

From L-R: Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Amor Laaribi, Committee Member, Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi, Committee Chair

Dissertation Committee

  • Aqeel Tirmizi, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Amor Laaribi, Ph.D., Committee Member


Leadership, United Nations, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, GeoDesign, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Partnerships, Planning, Leave No One Behind, Citizen Engagement, Future We Want, Location-Based Data

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The former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (2014), repeated the core promise in the 1986 UN Declaration on the Right to Development, in which the General Assembly called for an approach guaranteeing meaningful participation of everyone in development and the fair distribution of the benefits of that development. To this end, partnerships are central and can lead to the dignity of the citizens involved as they participate in the development of their own communities. This dissertation research conducted in Manyatta A and B in the Port City of Kisumu, Kenya sought to do just that. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the role of participatory development planning and collaborative technology platforms of geographic information systems (GIS) and GeoDesign in strengthening sustainable development and enhancing of human dignity. The study used a multimethod design comprised of participatory action research, situational analysis, problem tree analysis, and stakeholder analysis approaches in partnership with the government, academia, business, civil society, and other stakeholders. The study shows how the newly formed government structure, post devolution, provides a functional framework to assist county and city governments to better determine and envision the future they want. This vision can be realized more rapidly through integrated planning to achieve poverty eradication and social, economic, and environmental sustainability, which are the three pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The citizens of informal settlements represent those who are farthest behind and who should be given priority. This study demonstrated the potential of inclusive and participatory development planning in restoring the dignity of those groups. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive,, and OhioLINK ETD Center,



Etta Jackson, Ph.D.

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0000-0002-1822-5107

For an expansion of my dissertation research, the GeoDesign of the informal settlement of Manyatta in Kisumu, Kenya on ArcGIS Online in Story Maps, please click here:

Etta D. Jackson worked in the field of education for twenty-five years as teacher, guidance counselor and district administrator in both New York and Wisconsin. Ms. Jackson holds a B.A. in Biology and two M.S. degrees: one in Psychoanalytic Counseling and Development and the other in Administrative Leadership and Supervision. She recently received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University in “The Role of Geospatial Information and Effective Partnerships in the Implementation of the International Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Her passion for wanting to make a difference led her to the founding of The Institute for Conscious Global Change ICGC), a 501(c)(3) international non-for-profit NGO organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. She now serves as the CEO of the Institute. This New York based organization was founded in 2007 with the objective of providing a comprehensive response to: ‘Fundamentally Changing the Way Humanity Lives in and Creates Its Environment’!

The focus of our work is to provide visual but tangible development solutions to support the unfinished mandate of the Millennium Development Goals and now Sustainable Development Goals. With the aid of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), GeoDesign and related technologies, ICGC engages governments and citizens to develop integrated holistic and comprehensive development models for implementation in each country. ICGC believes this approach is essential for the eradication of extreme poverty, to create the ‘Future We Want’ and ensure no one is left behind. ICGC seeks to ‘Put Equality on the Map!

Ms. Jackson is also the author of four books:

  • Understanding Your Choice
  • Unveiling the Secrets of the Feminine Principle
  • The Role of Consciousness in Governance
  • The Idea That Is the United States of America-Its Occult Foundation

She is the mother of one daughter and has a grandson