Margaret Wheatley is president of The Berkana Institute, and an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. She has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973 and a dedicated global citizen since her youth. Her first work was as a public school teacher and urban education administrator in New York, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea. She also has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts.
For the past decade, she has been working with an unusually broad variety of organizations on six different continents. Her clients and audiences range from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve year old Girl Scouts, from CEOs to small town ministers. This diversity includes large corporations, government agencies, healthcare institutions, foundations, public schools, colleges, major church denominations, the armed forces, professional associations, and monasteries. All of these organizations are wrestling with a common dilemma – how to maintain their integrity and effectiveness as they cope with relentless pressures for speed and change in chaotic environments. But there is also another similarity: A common human desire to live together more harmoniously, more humanely.
The Berkana Institute is a charitable scientific, educational, and research foundation founded in 1991. Berkana experiments with the new ideas, processes, and structures that represent the future of organizing. It has actively explored, through dialogues, seminars, and consulting, how organizations can develop and sustain their capacity, clarity and resiliency in these turbulent times. Information about Berkana can be obtained from www.berkana.org. In 2000, Berkana initiated From the Four Directions: People Everywhere Leading the Way. This a global leadership initiative that organizes on-going circles of leaders in local communities across the world, and then connects these local circles into a global community of life-affirming leaders. To read more about Margaret Wheatley, visit her personal site.
Academy Articles by Margaret Wheatley:
- The New Story is Ours to Tell
- Journeying to a New World
- Honest Leadership: Finding the Answers Together