Alan AtKisson works as an author, consultant, speaker, and executive trainer, focused on issues of sustainability — from global to local. He advises governments, companies, cities, NGOs, and the United Nations. He has been working at the forefront of sustainability since 1988, providing expert insight and inspiring people with his creative and multi-faceted approach to making a positive difference in our world. His tools for change include books, planning methods, workshops, music, and other innovative approaches to help people transform complex systems. In 2013, he was inducted into the international Sustainability Hall of Fame.
Alan’s books include the sustainability bestseller Believing Cassandra: How to be an optimist in a pessimist’s world (1999, 2010); The Sustainability Transformation: How to accelerate positive change in challenging times (2010); Life Beyond Growth (with Junko Edahiro, Random House Japan, 2012), and most recently Sustainability is for Everyone (2013).
As founder and president of the AtKisson Group, Alan has developed a professional network of sustainability-dedicated Affiliates and Associates in 15 countries. Members of the AtKisson Group advise companies, governments, cities, and educational institutions on sustainability strategy, policy, research, and initiative design.
Alan is the lead developer of the VISIS Method, the Sustainability Compass, the Pyramid workshop for sustainable development planning, and other tools and methods. His work has influenced thousands of people who use these tools to manage CSR programs, learn the principles of systems thinking, convene stakeholders, and to facilitate other aspects of modern sustainability practice.
In 2013, Alan was inducted into the Sustainability Hall of Fame by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals in recognition for his pioneering work in establishing sustainability consulting as a profession, and for the inspiration he has provided to thousands of other professionals around the world. He joined a list of luminaries in the field that includes John Elkington, Hunter Lovins, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Mathis Wackernagel, Hazel Henderson, and Ray Anderson, among others.
Also in 2013, Alan was named a member of the President’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, by President José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission.
A dual citizen of both Sweden and the United States, Alan lives in Stockholm with his wife, Kristina AtKisson (also a sustainability professional), and their two children.