Collaboratory Contributors

About the contributors:


ANDERS ASPLINGAnders_Aspling received his masters in economics and business administration and his doctorate degree in business administration at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). He served as president and dean of the Swedish Institute of Management – today IFL at the SSE, as dean of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School/Vlerick Business School, Belgium, Senior Vice President and member of the Executive Board of Siab/NCC, Sweden, and Senior Partner of the ForeSight Group, Sweden. He has been and is active as chairman, board member and senior adviser to numerous boards and organisations in Sweden and internationally, including the European Foundation for Management Development. He is also Secretary General, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), Professor at Tongji School of Economics and Management, Affiliated Professor at CENTRUM Graduate Business School, and chairman of the Advisory Board of Turku School of Economics. Anders has throughout his career been deeply engaged in issues of human development, social justice and economic and environmental sustainability – always with an explicit international outlook.

BagnallWith an academic background in Social Psychology and a leadership development background centred on complexity, action learning and enquiry, JACQUELINE BAGNALL enjoyed ten years based at the University of Exeter Business School. She joined the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter in 2003 where she launched ‘Leadership Southwest’ a regional centre of excellence for leadership. This six year project focussed on developing leadership capacity in organisations across sectors such as health, education, sport, arts and commercial business. In addition to teaching and designing both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at Exeter, Jackie codirected the One Planet MBA joining a team of inspired colleagues all focussed on changing the face of management education. She is currently based in an Independent Quaker school in North Somerset in the UK, serving as Director of Peace and Global Studies.

BlaineyAboriginal colleagues call JANETTE BLAINEY ‘sister’ or ‘aunty’. Many call her a ‘cultural interpreter’. She originally studied at UNSW. Janette’s passion for ‘learning’ has been the driving force in her life and her career in education, beginning mid 1960s. Her work and learning experiences have taken her into families, communities and villages, into education and health institutions, bureaucracies and private and public sector business. She has worked with people of different ages and abilities and from different cultural backgrounds. Her work has taken her to cities, towns and communities in Australia; countries in the Pacific; Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Fiji and Japan. She has given seminars in New Zealand and Switzerland. Janette values most highly, learning with and from native peoples, especially Aboriginal peoples in Australia. She continues to learn from Elders and grandchildren and sees ‘Respect’ to be at the core of collaboration and the future.

EDDIE BLASSBlass is a foresight leader in Higher Education.  She is currently Executive Director, Learning Innovations Hub at University of New England and specialises in developing new ways of working within HE, new curriculum, and new pedagogic endeavours.  She began her career in employee development and then specialised in leadership development before focussing further on the development of leaders, and the role of HE in achieving this.  Eddie moved into foresight thinking when she completed her Doctorate of Education at Durham University presenting her thesis title ‘The Future University’.

ANTHONY F. BUONOBuono is professor of Management and Sociology at Bentley University. He is also a former Chair of Bentley’s Management Department and founding director of the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, which he oversaw from 2003 through 2013. Tony’s primary research, teaching and consulting interests include organizational change, inter-organizational strategies, management consulting, and ethics and corporate social responsibility. He has written or edited sixteen books including The Human Side of Mergers and Acquisitions (1989, 2003), A Primer on Organizational Behavior (7th ed., 2008),and, most recently, Facilitating Socio-Economic Intervention in Organizations (2014) as part of his Research in Management Consulting series (Information Age Publishing). His articles and book review essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Across the Board, Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Change Management,and Personnel Psychology. He has a PhD in organizational sociology from Boston College.

BILL BURCKBill Burck is a writer, collaboratory designer and facilitator who serves on the Executive Committee of The Value Web. In the 1990s, he earned his MFA at Columbia College in Chicago and became a Certified Story Workshop Director. He taught writing workshops for ten years at Columbia while also working as an editor and publisher at trade associations. In 1994 he founded Kang Tai Press, which publishes books on Traditional Chinese Medicine. He began learning and practicing MG Taylor’s DesignShop system and method for large group transformation in 1997. Today, he writes stories and designs and facilitates collaboratories that help groups change the world.

MARK DREWELL Mark Drewellis thought and action leader at the global interface between business and society. He is CEO of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and a senior partner of the Foresight Group. His background includes a decade on the Executive leadership team of Barloworld, chairing both Stockholm-based World’s Children’s Prize and Africa’s largest indigenous environmental NGO, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, serving on the board of the International Association of Business Communicators and twice chairing its world conference, senior associate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and working with the Aspen Institute to develop their Aspen Global Leaders Network. He serves on the advisory board of the Business School of Lausanne and is a Trustee of the Rudolph Steiner School South Devon. He was educated at Oxford University and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

THOMAS DYLLICKThomas Dyllick has been a Professor of Sustainability Management and Managing Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment at University of St.Gallen since 1994. He has published widely in the field of sustainability management and responsible management education. He served as Dean of the Management Department (2001-03) and as a University Vice-President for Teaching and Quality Development (2003-11). Since 2011 he serves as University Delegate for Responsibility & Sustainability developing the broadly distributed activities in these fields. He is responsible for a core area in Sustainability Management as part of the Master in Business Management program and for an Executive Diploma in Managing Sustainable Business, jointly offered with Business School Lausanne and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has been a founder and leading member of the 50+20 initiative and was directly involved in integrating Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability into the EQUIS Standards for business school accreditation. He serves on the managing board of the Sustainable Development at Universities Program in Switzerland.

LUCIA FABIANI GALLI-ZUGARO has been working for twelve years as a graphic facilitator and “illustrator of conversations” for many international companies in Europe and abroad. She specializes in live scribing, translating content into powerful visuals. She has a firm belief that images can change the world, and tries to do her part in the progress of a positive change, with a special focus on NGOs and issues related to women’s empowerment, environment and education. She is a founding member of the Value Web, an international network of process designers and facilitators, delivering collaborative engagements for leaders and their organizations around the world who seek solutions to systemic and complex problems. Lucia accomplished her studies in Milan at the Politecnico Internazionale di Design. She currently lives in Rome and has two daughters. She speaks (and scribes) Italian, German, English and French.

PATRICK FRICKindex lisbeth juul FOTO:  Jasper Carlberg 2009 is a member of The Value Web, an international network of designers and facilitators of collaboration focused on improving the state of the world. Patrick leads the organization’s engagement with the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, bringing his expertise of design and facilitation of collaboration to their gatherings around the world, including the annual meeting in Davos. Patrick is a co-founder and partner of Social Investors, a boutique philanthropy advisory and facilitation firm based in Switzerland. He works with affluent individuals and families worldwide, assisting them in maximizing the impact of their philanthropic engagements. He is a member of the Jury for the INDEX: Design Award, the world’s largest design prize.Patrick has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and studied politics and international relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

RONALD FRYRonald Fry received his B.S. in Engineering from U.C.L.A. and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Organization Studies from M.I.T. He is professor of organizational behaviour at Case Western Reserve University where he has directed the E.M.B.A. and M.P.O.D. degree programs to national prominence. Ron’s research in the areas of team development, functioning of the executive, organization change, appreciative inquiry, and adult development has resulted in10 books and over 50 articles and book chapters.  As one of the co-creators of the Appreciative Inquiry theory and method, he works with organizations all over the world to understand of how to engage whole systems in strategic thinking and change. His research continues to develop insights on large group dynamics, appreciative leadership, and businesses as agents for world benefit. Ron currently heads the World Inquiry for the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value; a global search for transformative innovations that create mutual benefit for business and society.

SONY DSCZambian-born, LOUIE GARDINER, MBA (distinction) joined Sheffield Council (UK) in 1984, moving from Leisure Policy to Sports Development.  On a 6-month sabbatical, she drove across Africa raising awareness about the plight of the Black Rhino.  Later, Louie undertook a trans-disciplinary role developing Health policy and practice for Young People. In a multi-stakeholder team creating a 10-year blueprint for Sheffield, she led on health and community engagement.  Louie pioneered a community leadership programme for women, gaining best-practice accolades within UK Health and Sports Governing Bodies.  As Partner Consultant in Priority Focus, she created unique frameworks for guiding systemic planning and stakeholder engagement.  She led Corporate Performance Management & Development in Barnsley Council before being appointed Chief Executive of Centell (UK).  2005, she established Potent 6.  As an Executive Coach, Facilitator and Consultant partnering leaders in multi-nationals, public, health and third sector bodies, she specializes in influencing change within complex human systems.  She works pro-bono within IofC.

JONAS HAERTLE Jonas Haertleis Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Office. He provides global leadership in bringing together good practice in implementing the principles of PRME and the UN Global Compact. Previously, he was the coordinator of the UN Global Compact’s Local Networks in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Haertle worked as a research analyst for the German public broadcasting service Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Mr. Haertle has written and contributed to a number of publications and academic articles on corporate sustainability and responsible management education and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal respectively. He holds a master’s degree in European Studies of Hamburg University in Germany. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University in the USA.

ZAID HASSANZaid Hassan is the co-founder of Reos Partners, where he currently serves as Managing Partner of the Oxford office. Zaid has over a decade of experience in developing strategic responses to complex social challenges, including aboriginal issues, climate change, child malnutrition, employment, energy, financial systems, global food systems, and security issues. He has a background in technology and communications. Zaid left university where he was studying physics to join the .com boom, where he set up his own company, Anthropic, which focused on both the delivery of new media and the social implications of technology. He has extensive start-up experience, including serving for two years as Chief Technology Office for smartchange, a nonprofit start-up. Zaid is Strategic Advisor to a number of organizations. He writes for various publications and has just released a book on addressing complex challenges, The Social Labs Revolution.

PETER HAYWARDPeter Hayward is a foresight practitioner and academic. He specialises in helping organisations and communities act creatively with the future in mind– learning to see the world differently and find hopeful and inspiring futures.  He is the Program Director of the Masters of Strategic Foresight that is offered at Swinburne University in Melbourne. That is the only post-graduate qualification in foresight that is offered in Australia.  He began his career as an accountant and economist working for the Australian Taxation Office. Increasingly he became interested in how change happens and then how people create change. After studying Systems Thinking at the University of Western Sydney he became interested in the idea of how individuals and organisations can create positive futures.

STEPHEN HICKMANHickman is an educationalist with over two decades of management experience in distribution and marketing. He holds an MBA, Diploma in Management, PG Dip Higher Education (HE), and PG Cert e-Learning. In 2011 Stephen was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the HE Academy. After several years with the University of Greenwich (2000-2007), a subsequent role as HE Manager with Cornwall College (2007-2009), Stephen joined the University of Exeter Business School as interim Director for the Exeter MBA. He led the transition to the new One Planet MBA, a collaboration with WWF, before in 2011 directing a curriculum change initiative to embed sustainability in the MSc International Management. In June 2012 Stephen’s article ‘A new trajectory for management education’ was published in The European Financial Review. Stephen now has a new role at Exeter: leading Business School activity in Cornwall, developing a new UG provision in Sustainability and Social Innovation.

ADAM KAHANEAdam Kahane is a partner in Reos Partners (, a social enterprise that helps businesses, governments, and civil society organisations address complex social challenges. He is the author of Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities, Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, and Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future. During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He has 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 Oxford, Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape. Adam has a B.Sc. in Physics (First Class Honors) from McGill University, an M.A. in Energy and Resource Economics from the University of California, and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.

Claire MaxwellA Co-Director of the Oasis School of Human Relations since 2011, CLAIRE MAXWELL specialises in developing collaborative and creative approaches to whole organisational development. With a background in theatre and films, Claire went into social work, specialising in residential care of older people, community work and child protection. At senior management level in social services she led internal change processes and gained a Master’s focusing on approaches to change and leadership in hierarchical organisations.  Also qualified as a lecturer, Claire worked as an independent consultant for 10 years. She is developing innovative approaches to the teaching of Globally Responsible Practice within international MBA programmes and co-facilitating a process with programme directors exploring the integration of Whole Person Learning into leadership development.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chair of the Guardian Group of the GRLI Council of Partners.

PHILIP MIRVIS Mirvisis an organizational psychologist whose studies and private practice concern large-scale organizational change, characteristics of the workforce and workplace, and business leadership in society.  An advisor to companies and NGOs on five continents, he has authored twelve books including The Cynical Americans (social trends), Building the Competitive Workforce (human capital investments), Joining Forces (human dynamics of mergers). To the Desert and Back (business transformation case), and Beyond Good Company:  Next Generation Corporate Citizenship (on CSR/sustainability).  Mirvis teaches in executive education programs in business schools around the world.  He is a fellow of the Global Network on Corporate Citizenship, Board Member of the PYXERA Global, a Washington, DC-based international development NGO, and formerly a Trustee of the Foundation for Community Encouragement and Society for Organization Learning. Mirvis received a career achievement award as “Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner” from the Academy of Management.

Katrin MuffA Swiss native, KATRIN MUFF began her career in the late 80s with Schindler Lifts in Lucerne, then in Australia. She holds both an MBA and doctoral degree from Business School Lausanne (BSL). Katrin worked nearly a decade for ALCOA, in Switzerland as a Business Analyst, in the United States in Mergers & Acquisitions and in Moscow, Russia as General Manager. After a one-year sabbatical dedicated to film making, Katrin joined IAMS as Director for Strategic Planning EMEA in the Netherlands. Back in Switzerland since 2000, she co-founded Yupango, a coaching consultancy for start-up companies. From 2004-06, she coached and facilitated three Swiss universities to create a competence center. Returning to BSL as Dean since 2008, Katrin led the school’s transformation to combine sustainability, responsibility and entrepreneurship in education and applied research. As one of the initiators of 50+20, she developed the collaboratory idea for RIO+20.  Contact: Dr. Katrin Muff, Business School Lausanne, Route de la Maladière 21, 1022 Chavannes, Switzerland.

JOHN NORTHJohn North is a next generation integrational entrepreneur, operating across the boundaries of society, business and academia. An MBA graduate, who created 2 online businesses during his undergraduate degree, he worked as an international strategy consultant advising Fortune 500 companies and was the founding head of Accenture’s sustainability practice in Ireland. His passion to make a difference in his home country brought him back to South Africa in 2009. John and his wife Zilla are active in a number of community resilience initiatives in the Garden Route, where they live with their two daughters Malaika (4) and Asha (2). John holds an international role as Head of Projects for the Brussels-based, UN-backed Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and is also a senior advisor to the University of Pretoria’s Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership.

CAROLINE RENNIECaroline Rennie founded and leads ren-new, a consultancy that focuses on helping people and organizations make sustainability profitable.  Caroline was Director Communications Environment for Tetra Pak International where she reframed sustainability as a business issue and secured sustainability in its brand positioning.  Focusing on change, leadership and sustainability she drove stakeholder engagement processes externally, and internal change processes to drive environmental action.  Prior to Tetra Pak, Caroline founded the Environmental Affairs function at Continental Can PET Division, and was Environmental Affairs Director through its expansion by mergers to become the largest PET company globally.  She has also overseen development of recycling regulations as Political Advisor to the California Waste Management Board. Caroline has a Masers of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and teaches executive students materiality, sustainability frameworks, risks & opportunities, capturing value and solving tough problems at Business School Lausanne.  She works with clients such as Alstom, P&G, WWF and Unilever.

SVENJA RÜGERRueger is President at The Value Web, an international non-profit association focusing on multi-sector/multi-stakeholder collaboration in transformational projects for a more sustainable, equitable world. She takes on design lead and venture management roles with the World Economic Forum, UNESCO, INSEAD, Berlin Civil Society Centre, and several foundations. Svenja has brought the processes of collaborative group work to the world since 2001. Her focus is on social entrepreneurship engagements that give a voice to those who create and sustain social value. She also works as an independent facilitator and project manager applying techniques from improvisational theatre and collective group engagement after having worked several years in the consultancy industry. Holding a BA in International Business and Economic Studies, Svenja is also a happy mom, competitive swimmer, climber, painter, storyteller and networker connecting people around a common set of values.

OTTO SCHARMERScharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program and co-founded the Global Wellbeing Lab. He also is Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Leadership. In his books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Senge, Jaworski, and Flowers) he introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future. His new book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (2013) applies mindfulness onto the transformation of business, society, and self.

PAUL SHRIVASTAVAPaul Shrivastava JMSB Faculty Portrait 2010 is the David O’Brien Distinguished Professor and Director of the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at  Concordia University, Montreal.  He also leads the International Chair for Arts and Sustainable Enterprise at ICN Business School, Nancy, France. Dr Shrivastava founded several private companies,  non-profit organizations, and the ONE Division of the Academy of Management. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  He was tenured Associate Professor of Management at the Stern School of Business, NYU, and held the Howard I. Scott Chair in Management at Bucknell University.    He has published 17 books and over 100 articles in scholarly journals, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.  He won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award at Kyoto University.

GRÉGOIRE SERIKOFFSerikoff is a strategic designer and facilitator based in Paris, France. He is a co-founder of The Value Web and a leading member of the Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE) network since 2000. Both are networks of professionals developing “co-design” to engage communities in complex problem solving. In the past ten years, Greg has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to facilitate innovation in systems, processes, interactions, communication, workspaces and visual design. Co-design expert for the World Economic Forum, Greg has run multiple sessions at Davos since 2005. Greg studied at ESJ in Paris, his professional background includes journalism, working with the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and five years with the NGO “Médecins du Monde” (Doctors of the World) in Chechnya and Kosovo. Former Secretary General of Icograda (International Design Alliance), he is a member of AIGA and AFD and a regional ambassador of Index: Design to Improve Life.

aaron williamsonAs an artist, facilitator, consultant and designer, AARON WILLIAMSON uses the design of information to help decision makers parse complexity and communicate their strategies, and the design of collaborative processes to enable diverse stakeholder groups to collectively solve seemingly intractable problems. Aaron is a member of The Value Web, and also runs his own company – – which operates as a white-label visual thinking, information design and facilitation service for consulting companies wanting to enrich their collaborative engagement with clients. A graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston, Aaron’s experience as a technology entrepreneur, a teacher and trainer and as a management consultant combine with his years of intensive training in Zen, ascetic training in Aikido and extensive travel to give him a nuanced perspective on learning, human dynamics and communication in all its forms.