Have you heard the African saying, “I am because you are”? In my life, it also means that I can further develop who I am only through sharing with you and your organization my gifts, the experience pearls accumulated on my journey (and my wicked questions) 🙂 .
I’m a mentor and strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government and civil society. I find joy in generative conversations that transforms both parties and leave our lives enriched. I guess that’s the underlying, more personal reason why I founded Community Intelligence, the transformation agency whose site you’re visiting.
I’m also a veteran researcher of “collective intelligence,” “innovation ecosystems,” and “communities of practice,” which are key disciplines for the future of organization design. I’m a faculty member at Meridian University, and my academic posts included the University of Paris, UC Berkeley, INSEAD, and London School of Economics.
But organizational theories interest me only if they can be tested in practice and are improving the lives of people while moving the organization that they work with to its next stage of capabilities. To keep a finger on the pulse of the emergent, next-stage practices, I founded Enlivening Edge, the online magazine that became the go-to place for future-responsive organizational professionals.
I’m grateful to all the organizations that gave me a chance to turn their challenges into my own and grow new talents by meeting them. Each of them represents a stage on my journey leading to who I am now and what I can offer you.
Their select list, over the past 30 years, included: Alberta Research Council, British Petroleum, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Co-Evolution Hub, Copenhagen Institute for the Future, Electric Power Research Institute, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, European Commission, European Foundation for Management Development, European Investment Bank, Ford, Future Considerations, Greenpeace, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, International Center for Organization Design, National Health Services (UK), Procter & Gamble, Shell, Siemens, Swedish Organizational Learning Association, United Nations, World Business Academy, World Wildlife Foundation, Zappos.
I like to share my thoughts and experiences in writing, so during all those years, I generated 100’s of articles, conference presentations, academic papers, book chapters, magazine columns, etc. You will find a limited list of them at Academia.edu. If you look it up, look at also the date of the publication; the farther you travel back in time, the less relevant some of them may be to y/our current concerns.
If you’re curious about what other people say about my work, here you can read their words.
On a more personal note, I’m a Hungarian-born American living in Brighton (UK) with my wife, Anna Betz. Besides Hungarian and English, I also speak French and Russian. I’ve been fortunate to immerse myself in numerous cultures, branches of evolutionary spirituality and ancient wisdom traditions, which are still alive in my life and work.
I’d like to hear from you and if that desire is mutual, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.