Lynn Barendsen

Lynn Barendsen

Project Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Lynn Barendsen is a Project Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  For over 20 years she has been a part of the Good Project, housed at Project Zero. The Good Project is a large scale effort to identify individuals and institutions that exemplify good work - work that is excellent in quality, socially responsible, and meaningful to its practitioners - and to determine how best to increase the incidence of good work in our society. Lynn and colleagues are working to envision and ensure the legacy of 20 plus years of work: its impact on educational research, in the classroom and within the broader conversation about developing responsible, caring and balanced youth. Early in 2014, Lynn became Executive Director of The Family Dinner Project. As one of the founding members of this movement - about food, fun and conversation about things that matter - she now had the opportunity to encourage and support families to consider some of the same questions considered by the Good Project, encouraging reflection and, in the process, enabling families to make the most of their mealtimes together.

After graduating from Bates College, Lynn spent several years engaged in graduate study in American literature at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She has published articles on African American and regionalist literatures, social and business entrepreneurs, young professionals in theater and business, the elements of leadership and with Howard Gardner, she has co-authored a chapter on young workers in a global age in the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work. With Wendy Fischman, she has co-developed the GoodWork Toolkit, designed to help develop a common language that school communities and other institutions can use to define their work and identify their goals.  This set of materials encourages school communities and other institutions and individuals to consider the broader implications of their work and the meaning of work in their lives.  Lynn has taught courses in literature and film, English and American literature, expository writing, and GoodWork, and led numerous workshops and presentations on GoodWork-related topics.