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Peter M. Senge


Peter M. Senge* 

Peter SengePeter M. Senge, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founding Chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."

Peter is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990, revised edition published 2006) and, with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and Art Kleiner, co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994) and a fieldbook The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (March 1999), also co-authored by George Roth. In September 2000, a fieldbook on education was published, the award winning Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education, co-authored with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton, and Art Kleiner.

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, co-authored with Claus Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, and published in March 2004 by SoL, and in 2005 by Doubleday is available at www.presence.net.

Dr. Senge’s latest book The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World was published in 2008 and co-authored with Joe Laur, Nina Krushwitz, Sara Schley and Bryan Smith. Brimming with inspiring stories from individuals and organizations tackling social and environmental problems around the globe, The Necessary Revolution reveals how ordinary people at every level are transforming their businesses and communities.

Dr. Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change. His areas of special interest focus on decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the capacity of all people to work productively toward common goals. Dr. Senge's work articulates a cornerstone position of human values in the workplace; namely, that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential if organizations are to realize their potentials. He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care and government.

The Fifth Discipline hit a nerve deep within the business and education community by introducing the theory of learning organizations. Since its publication, more than a million copies have been sold world-wide. In 1997, Harvard Business Review identified it as one of the seminal management books of the past 75 years. There have been feature articles in Business Week, Fortune, Fast Company, Sloan Management Review and other leading business periodicals regarding the work of Dr. Senge and his colleagues at MIT and SoL.

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (over 400,000 copies sold) was developed in response to questions from readers of The Fifth Discipline who wanted more help with tools, methods and practical experiences in developing enhanced learning capabilities within their own companies. The Dance of Change is based on more recent experiences of companies developing learning capabilities over many years, and the strategies leaders develop to deal with the many challenges this work entails. Dr. Senge has also authored many articles published in both academic journals and the business press on systems thinking in management.

The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years. The Financial Times (2000) named him as one of the world's "top management gurus.” Business Week (October 2001) rated Peter as one of The Top (ten) Management Gurus.

Peter Senge received a B.S. in engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in social systems modeling and Ph.D. in management from MIT. He lives with his wife and their two children in central Massachusetts.

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Darcy Stallings Winslow*

Peter Senge

Darcy Stallings Winslow is the Managing Partner, and founding member, of the Academy for Systemic Change. The Academy is a 10-year initiative to unlock the human spirit and build capacity in business, education, community development and marine ecosystems to create systemic change for social, economic and biological well-being on a scale that matters.

The mission of the Academy is to work with leaders, communities and networks at all levels to begin to shift how we think and work together: to shift consciousness and perspectives from fatalism to possibility; from despair that critical systems are in decline, to see that it is possible to shift the current trajectory of existing systems.

In 2008, Darcy founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies. The Collective consists of experienced practitioners in sustainability, business strategy and leadership, facilitation, organizational management and development, change management, system dynamics, supply chain, marketing and communication.

Before starting her business she worked at Nike, Inc. for over 20 years and held several senior management positions within the business and the Nike Foundation, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation and as General Manager for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment business.

She also serves as an Executive-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management beginning the 2008 Fall Semester. She co-teaches the course Leadership Lab: Leading Sustainable Systems with Wanda Orlikowski and Peter Senge, a unique course at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Additionally, she teaches leadership sessions during the Sloan Innovation Periods.

Darcy currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). CCL is internationally recognized as one of the premier organizations focusing exclusively on leadership education and research, with unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations globally. Creative leadership is the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries that limit our effectiveness.

She joined in the efforts of several Sustainability champions via the work of Seed Systems and the Center for Nature and Leadership, both of which use systems inquiry and extended periods in the natural world, while working with individuals, teams, organizations, and networks to accelerate our transformation to a sustainable world.

And finally, Darcy has participated in three Antarctica Expeditions since 2009 led by Robert Swan and members of his 2041 team, providing expertise in the arena of sustainability and leadership. Robert Swan, OBE, is the founder of 2041 and the only person in history to reach both the North and South Poles unaided. These transformative Leadership on the Edge expeditions are designed to empower and inspire the participants, global leaders and emerging student leaders from around the world, to take action regarding climate change and become leaders and advocates for positive change in their workplace and community.

Darcy received her BS in Exercise Science, studied Sports Medicine, and received her MS in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, and is a 2003 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Portland Sustainability InstituteInstitute for Nature and Leadership and the Board of Advisors for the Biomimicry Oregon and the Northwest Earth Institute.

Darcy is a lifelong athlete, avid traveler, and lives in Portland, Oregon and Crestone, Colorado.


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