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Adam Kahane is a partner in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, office of Reos Partners. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
Adam is a leading organizer, designer, and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders work together to address their toughest, most complex challenges. He has worked in this way in more than fifty countries, in every part of the world, with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and United Nations officials, clergy and artists.
During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. Previously he held strategy and research positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), the Institute for Energy Economics (Tokyo), and the Universities of British Columbia, California, Toronto, and the Western Cape.
In 1991 and 1992, Adam facilitated the Mont Fleur Scenario Project, in which a diverse group of South African leaders worked together to contribute to their country’s transition to democracy. Since then he has led many such seminal cross-sectoral dialogue-and-action processes, around the world. He was featured in Fast Company’s first annual “Who’s Fast,” and he is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Business Leaders’ Dialogue, the Commission on Globalisation, Global Business Network, the Global Leadership Network, the Society for Organizational Learning, and the World Academy of Art and Science.
Adam has a BSc in Physics (First Class Honors) from McGill University (Montreal), an MA in Energy and Resource Economics from the University of California (Berkeley), and an MA in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University (Seattle). He has also studied negotiation at Harvard Law School and cello performance at Institut Marguerite-Bourgeoys.
Adam and his wife Dorothy live with their family in Cape Town and Montreal.
SHARE Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Love and Power: Book Excerpt (746 views)
To co-create new social realities, we have to work with two distinct fundamental forces that are in tension: power and love. This assertion requires an explanation because the words power and love are defined by so many different people in so many different ways.Power and love are difficult to work with because each of them has two sides. Both power and love have a generative side and a degenerative side