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Edgar J. Ridley is an expert on symbolic behavior and its impact on culture. As an Associate with the think tank Metropolitan Associates of Philadelphia, Mr. Ridley studied and implemented change in major institutions and corporations, with a focus on organizational behavior. He then joined Temple University Community Mental Health Center as Senior Psychotherapist providing psychotherapy and consultative services to the North Philadelphia community and the School District of Philadelphia.
Mr. Ridley then founded Edgar J. Ridley & Associates, Inc., an international management consulting firm specializing in organizational behavior and productivity, with offices in New York and worldwide affiliates. He heads a multidisciplinary team of organizational behavior and development specialists who help corporations and governments develop more efficient operations. The firm serves as advisor to business and industry throughout Asia and Africa. Mr. Ridley’s research produced a concept known as the Symptomatic Thought Process, which promises to change human behavior and restructure civilization as we know it. He has lectured widely on his management concept in Malaysia and China, and has been recognized as an Expert Consultant by the Asian Productivity Organization. The implementation of Mr. Ridley’s management concepts has resulted in strategic business alliances between Africa and Asia.
Mr. Ridley has authored three books, An African Answer: The Key to Global Productivity; Symbolism Revisited: Notes on the Symptomatic Thought Process; and The Golden Apple: Changing the Structure of Civilization (Africa World Press). Mr. Ridley has lectured at colleges and universities worldwide, and has been widely published in professional journals and textbooks, including the Malaysian National Productivity Corporation’s Jurnal Produktiviti, and Changing the Way We Manage Change (Quorum Books). He is currently drafting Volume II of The Golden Apple: Changing the Structure of Civilization, which focuses on symptoms.
Mr. Ridley studied and did research at the Radiocarbon Laboratory of I.F.A.N. (Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire), also known as Cheikh Ante Diop University (formerly University of Dakar), in Senegal, West Africa, under the renowned nuclear physicist and Egyptologist, Cheikh Anta Diop. The research, which was supervised by Cheikh Anta Diop, culminated in a thesis entitled The Neurological Misadventure of Primordial Man, a study of symbolism from antiquity to modern man.
Mr. Ridley resides in New York City with his wife, Linda.