Presidio Graduate School is proud to offer a Master Class by Alan AtKisson. This Master Class is open to the public.
As more countries question Gross Domestic Product and traditional economic growth as the definition of progress, a quiet revolution in economic thought has gained traction. Mr. AtKisson will present his latest thinking including on post-growth development economics, including an in-depth look at the new report, Life Beyond Growth, which comes to grips with the sudden rise of new (and old) ideas, frameworks, and alternatives to the GDP.
Offered through PresidioPRO, Center for Professional Development, our Master Classes are interactive university-styled lectures by respected global field builders and thought leaders. They often include pre-readings and always incorporate practical application exercises using the methods and tools presented by these leaders. Participants who register for the Master Class will receive instructions on how to prepare for the session.
Alan AtKisson advises large companies, governments, cities, foundations, NGOs, and the United Nations. He helps people develop new strategies, design initiatives, manage complex programs, assess progress, and find better pathways to effective sustainability leadership. He recently assisted the United Nations in designing and launching its first global Office for Sustainable Development. His other current and recent clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Ernst & Young, WWF-USA, the Government of Serbia, the Egyptian National Council on Competitiveness, and the Nile Basin Initiative.
Alan draws on over twenty years of leadership experience in sustainable development, including chief executive roles in organizations such as Sustainable Seattle (which he co-founded and -led 1990-1995) and the International Network of Resource Information Centers (also known as the Balaton Group, he served as President or Co-President from 2006-2012). He has directed numerous projects and programs and has also, on two occasions, served as a transitional chief executive helping to lead institutions through major change processes. One of these occasions was for the economic policy institute Redefining Progress in 1996-97; the other was for the global Earth Charter Initiative in 2006-2007.
In addition to writing dozens of essays and reports on sustainability-related topics, Alan is the author of two highly regarded books on sustainability theory and practice. Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World (1999, updated and reissued in 2010), an Amazon bestseller which is being translated into Russian and Chinese. Alan's latest book is The Sustainability Transformation (Earthscan, 2010), an empowering and inspirational look at doing sustainability in practice, today.
Alan frequently makes inspirational keynote speeches to conference audiences around the world. Through The ISIS Academy, he leads motivational workshops, training intensives, and Master Classes on sustainability and change.
Alan was educated in philosophy, science, and language arts at Tulane University (USA) and Oxford University (UK), and was named a 1981 Henry Luce Scholar, which provided him with a year-long professional internship in Malaysia. A citizen of both the United States and Sweden, Alan lives in Stockholm with his wife, Kristina AtKisson (who also works in the field of sustainability), and their two children.
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