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Adam Kahane, Partner, Reos Partners

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Adam Kahane is a partner in the Cambridge, Massachusetts office of Reos Partners (www.reospartners.com), a social enterprise that helps businesses, governments, and civil society organisations address complex social challenges.

Adam is a leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which leaders can work together to address such challenges. He the author of Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities, Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, and Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future.

During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He has held strategy and research positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), the Institute for Energy Economics (Tokyo), and the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape.

Adam has a B.Sc. in Physics (First Class Honors) from McGill University, an M.A. in Energy and Resource Economics from the University of California, and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.

Experience at the Distribution Edge

I have worked on electrity system challenges in the strategic planning departments of both Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco and Royal Dutch Shell in London, as well as in the e-Lab since its inception.

Notable Project Experience and Areas of Content Expertise

My relevant experience and expertise are less in electricity and energy per se and more in helping diverse team of leaders, all over the world, work together on addressing their most vital and complex challenges.

Describe what you want to offer teams trying to Accelerate their projects

I can help the teams practice and learn how to work together—systemically, participatively, and creatively—to address their challenges.

What personally motivates you to work on issues at the Distribution Edge? 

In general I am committed to building the practice and theory of working collaboratively to address complex challenges—because the alternative is working unilaterally, which more often than not produces faliure and/or violence. In particular, I am committed to bringing this approach to work on complex challenges related to energy and the environment, progress on which is necessary for all of our futures.

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