Why do some groups of people manage to solve complex problems, while others stumble or fall?
For the last twenty years Adam Kahane and his colleagues at ReosPartners have worked around the world on many tough and vital challenges: food security, health care, economic development, judicial reform, peace making, climate change.
In this extraordinary event he draws on this experience to delve deeply in the dual natures of both power and love, exploring their subtle and intricate interplay.
Adam Kahane is a partner in Reos Partners, an international organization dedicated to supporting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems, and a Visiting Practitioner at the University of Oxford. Kahane is a leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can work together to address their most complex challenges. He is the author of Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities and Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change.
During the early 1990s, Kahane 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 Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape.
In 1991 and 1992, Kahane facilitated the Mont Fleur Scenario Project, in which a diverse group of South Africans worked together to effect the transition to democracy. Since then he has led many such seminal cross-sectoral dialogue-and-action processes, throughout the world. He was one of the sixteen outstanding individuals featured in Fast Company's first annual "Who's Fast," and is a member of the World Academy of Art and Science, the Commission on Globalisation, the Aspen Institute's Business Leaders Dialogue, the Society for Organizational Learning, the Global Leadership Network, and Global Business Network.