About Alan

AlanAtKisson_Headshot_Square_2014Alan AtKisson has been working at the forefront of sustainability since 1988, inspiring individuals, communities, corporations, and governments with his creative and multi-faceted approach to creating a positive difference in our world. His instruments for change include books, planning methods, workshops, music, and other creative products and tools which serve as a call to action for current and next-generation “change agents,” people working to transform the way we interact with our world’s dynamic and inter-linked systems.

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).

Alan is also a singer-songwriter, who has produced five albums of original music. His sixth studio album, American Troubadour, is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2014.

As founder and president of the AtKisson Group, Alan has developed a professional network of sustainability-dedicated Affiliates and Associates in 18 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 ISIS 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 hundreds of other professionals around the world. 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.

Read this introductory brochure for a more detailed overview of Alan’s work.


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