An Afternoon with Brian Joiner - Friday the 26th, Noon to 2pm Pacific Time
Since 1997, when he ended his management consulting career, Brian Joiner has been a full-time community volunteer working to help create a just and sustainable society. In doing so, he is co-founder and President of Sustain Dane, a non-profit organization in Dane County, Wisconsin, committed to creating communities that deeply enjoy, care for and are sustained by their unique environment. We all know that many of our current practices as communities are not sustainable and that together we need to find better ways to live in the world. Given this perspective, Brian and the Sustain Dane community are committed to taking an integrated approach to change.
Brian has offered us several Thought Pieces related to his current work. According to Brian, "The thing I am most excited about now is the Transition Towns movement which started in the UK a few years ago. It's what I will be focusing on once the First Unitarian Society green building is effectively launched." For a little background on that green building project, follow this link. In addition, the following site gives a brief intro to the Transition Town approach, with much more detail on the Transition approach available in their Primer. Says Brian, "I hope this will be enough to start conversations."
Prior to his retirement, Brian Joiner was Chairman and co-owner of Joiner Associates, a nationally recognized management consulting firm. Prior to Joiner Associates, Brian was a University of Wisconsin professor. He is author of Fourth Generation Management: The New Business Consciousness and coauthor with Peter Scholtes of The Team Handbook, published by Joiner Associates and one of the best selling business books of all time, having now sold over one-and-a-half million copies. Brian was one of the original nine judges of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and, thirty years ago, was one of the originators of the Minitab statistical software system which is still in widespread use by corporations today.