Conscious Leadership in Action: Research from the Trenches

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Barrett Brown shares his just published PhD findings on how deeply conscious sustainability leaders work with complex change, and how to hold the space for natural development.

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Barrett Brown

Barrett Brown

Conscious Leadership in Action: Research from the Trenches

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About Barrett

Barrett specializes in leader development and organizational change. For 20 years he has supported individuals and organizations to navigate complex challenges and unlock deep capacities. Barrett is often asked to speak, and has presented widely, including to CEOs and government ministers.He brings a unique multi-sectoral and international perspective. He has been on the leadership team or advisory board of 16 companies, NGOs, and foundations. In these roles, he has worked with a variety of sectors, including international trade and development, consumer goods, renewable energy, government, manufacturing, banking,internet media, and humanitarian aid. He has lived in the USA, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Ecuador, worked in 12 countries, and traveled in over 30.

Barrett has designed and facilitated dozens of leader development programs for executives and managers from multinationals, high-growth companies, and international institutions. These range from master classes and innovation labs to corporate universities and multi-year executive education programs. Barrett has trained 500+ leaders from over 30 countries and has logged over 1400 hours mentoring leaders into higher performance.Executives from Nike, Unilever, Nestlé, Mars, Cargill, ADM, Natura, and Sara Lee, as well as leaders from government and civil society organizations such as the Dutch Parliament, US EPA, World Wildlife Fund, Oxfam, and the Asian Social Institute have gone through programs he developed. He co-designed an executive education program at Nyenrode Business University in The Netherlands, and occasionally lectures at universities in the USA and Europe.

Barrett also works on complex organizationaland system change issues. He has co-architected and co-led visioning, strategic alignment,culture development, innovation, and change processes for US companies and large-scale public-private partnerships in Europe. He co-led development and implementation of the learning strategy for a €30M investment in eight global agro-commodity supply chains. He also co-designed a €14M cocoa sector development program that is rolling out in five countries in West Africa and Asia. In the intergovernmental arena, Barrett holds consultancy status to the United Nations, representing Kosmos Journal. He has also delivered leadership briefings and presented at UNDP headquarters, the US Department of State, the Inter-American Development Bank, and multiple United Nations World Summits on Sustainable Development.

Barrett serves as President of MetaIntegral Academy, is a Principal for MetaIntegral Associates, and is Executive Director of the Integral Sustainability Center at MetaIntegral Foundation. He is also on the advisory board for Kosmos Journal – an integrally-informed journal on global issues – and for, focusing on urban development issues. He is part of the selection team for the Katerva Award, which is touted as the Nobel Prize of sustainability, and is also a reviewer for the forthcoming assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

As a writer, Barrett has authored numerous articles, case studies, book chapters, and videos on leadership, sustainability, and organizational development. In collaboration with Unilever and IMD business school, he co-produced and edited an award-winning series of business case studies on market transformation. His innovative leadership research has been widely acclaimed. It offers deep insights into the future of leadership, demonstrating how leaders with highly complex worldviews engage in sophisticated change initiatives. Some of his writings are used in universities in North America and Europe as well as in the United Nations system, and have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Farsi. Barrett speaks and lectures on leadership and sustainability issues in both Spanish and Portuguese. His undergraduate studies are English Literature through the University of California at Santa Cruz. His Ph.D. and Master’s degrees are in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Barrett lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and young daughter. He is an avid hiker, plays the Native American flute, and enjoys quiet time in nature. Originally from the green mountains of Vermont, he holds a deep commitment to helping organizations and communities respond to complex social and environmental challenges and leave the world a better place.