John Renesch is a writer and thinker on matters of social and organizational change. He believes that commerce holds the key to bringing about a global shift of human consciousness thus creating a future of tremendous possibility for humankind - the possibility that will allow humanity to transcend the inevitable future that can be projected from current trends.
John has four decades of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur. He left his chief executive position in the real estate investment industry in the mid-1980s and, after a period of personal introspection prompted by his concerns for the future of humanity, he embarked upon a new path.
From 1990 to 1997, he served as publisher and editor-in-chief of New Leaders Press, dedicated to publishing progressive business books and periodicals. John has created twelve business anthologies on the subject of business and transformation. Over 300 visionaries have contributed to these books. Among them are USC Professor Emeritus, author and leadership expert Warren Bennis, Gary Zukav (author, The Seat of the Soul ), One Minute Manager creator Ken Blanchard, Riane Eisler (author, The Chalice and the Blade), M. Scott Peck, MD (author, The Road Less Traveled ), The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, former Herman Miller CEO Max DePree, television genius Norman Lear, Harvard University's Rosabeth Moss Kanter, international management guru Tom Peters, Common Cause founder John Gardner, Megatrends series creators John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene, Stanford Business School Professor Emeritus Michael Ray, and former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev.
John is now a businessman-futurist, writer and keynote speaker on topics that integrate the subjects of business, human consciousness and possible scenarios for the future of humanity. He is a member of the faculty for the Center for Leadership Studies..
In 2000, he co-founded The Presidio Dialogues, a monthly series of evening gatherings in San Francisco which are focused on conscious business, and hosted the meetings for four years before turning it over to the Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center at the beginning of 2005. He offers a variety of services as an international keynote speaker, private mentor and consultant to consultants (see Services). His latest book is Getting to the Better Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing (click here for preview, Foreword and praise).
As a keynote speaker, John has presented his ideas and observations to audiences in Tokyo, Seoul, Brussels, London, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Zurich, Amsterdam, Caracas, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Budapest and many U.S. cities. He's received much praise as a speaker and a visionary. John has also addressed numerous classes of MBA students, including University of California, Stanford University, University of San Francisco and others.
John has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Nikkei Financial Times, Business Week, public radio's "Marketplace," CNBC-TV's Ron Insana on "Management Today Show," Business Talk Radio (U.S.), National Public Radio (U.S.), Forbes (both Brazil and U.S.), Chief Executive and Industry Week magazines on the subject of consciousness and business. The Futurist magazine calls John a "business visionary."
organizational and social transformation - working with others to create a world in which the human presence on earth is environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfiulling.
Human beings are able to change their ways, abandon their addictions and unsustainable lifetsyles while shaping a better future for those who follow us.
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