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In order to extend its mission of connecting people and ideas to create a world that works for all, Berrett-Koehler Publishers has launched an independent new nonprofit organization – the Berrett-Koehler Foundation – which is dedicated to:

Helping the next generation of leaders create a world that works for all by learning and putting into practice systems-changing ideas and methods that foster positive change in people’s lives, organizations and communities.

Initially we are supporting action-learning projects undertaken by young leaders, or the mission-driven organizations in which they work, that help them create collaborative environments, deep dialogue and whole systems change that shift the underlying beliefs, practices, and structures that keep generating the same cycles of problems. We work intergenerationally, engaging in mutual learning across ages and re-weaving the generational fabric as we empower the next generation of change-makers.

Our Leadership Exchange Program creates one-day think-tanks of leaders across generation and field spectrums, coming together to share best practices and wrestle with todays most pressing leadership issues. Our Experiential Exchange Program connects experienced leaders and emerging leaders in pairs of mutual mentorship for cross-generational learning that fosters personal leadership development and transformation. Or, as we like to call it: “A Two-Way Learning Partnership.”

To learn more details about these two programs and other services that we provide, please go here for more information!

2015: A Year of Leadership Exchanges

2015 saw a year of tremendous growth in our Leadership Exchange program. From one Leadership Exchange in 2014 to six in 2015, we are looking forward to more depth and connection across generations as we gear up for 2016! Check out a visual summary of 2015’s Leadership Exchanges by clicking this paragraph.
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In Loving Memorium: Jamie Showkeir (Aug. 16, 1952 — Aug. 16, 2105)

BK Foundation Board July 2014

Jamie Showkeir (pictured fourth from the left, at the inaugural Leadership Exchange in Oakland, Ca) was a beloved friend and Board Member of BK Foundation. Jamie’s profound depth and broad vision for justice through leadership, and his firm commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders, shepherded BK Foundation through our earliest days. We are incredibly grateful to have learned from him, and for his generous love and wisdom that influences us every day.

Learn more about Jamie’s story here.

We are honored that Jamie requested memorial donations be made to BK Foundation as well as organizations doing research in ALS. To make a donation in honor of Jamie, go to our donation page here.