Keynote Speaker ( Adam Kahane)

Reos Partners

Adam Kahane is an expert in systemic transformation, complex situations, and conflict resolution. He organizes, designs, and facilitates processes that help move people forward together on their most important and intractable issues.

He is the best-selling author of Solving Tough Problems, Transformative Scenario Planning, and Power and Love. Nelson Mandela said of Solving Tough Problems, "this breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created". His latest book, Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don't Agree with or Like or Trust, argues that our conventional, constricted understanding of collaboration--requiring a harmonious team that agrees on where it's going, how it's going to get there, and who needs to do what--is wrong, and that we need a new, stretch approach that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine co-creation.

Over the last twenty-five years, Adam has led influential cross-sectoral dialogue-and-action processes in more than fifty countries, with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and clergy. Along the way he learned that collaboration is not as straightforward as he thought it was, and that this is true not only for extraordinary multistakeholder collaborations but also for ordinary ones at work and at home. Adam is the co-founder and director of Reos Partners, where his consulting, facilitating, and teaching all focus on helping people work together to address their most important and difficult challenges.