Margaret Wheatley was co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute. Deborah Frieze succeeded her. Berkana Institute partners with people developing healthy and resilient communities worldwide. They co-authored Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. The book and website of the same name is driving a movement of people all over the world who are walking out of problems without solutions and systems driven by destructive individualism and walking on to create communities and connection in a world that can work for everyone. This conversation invites you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities. Truly amazing and life changing work! Don’t miss it.
Margaret has also authored five other books, including Leadership and The New Science and Perseverance. Her numerous articles appear in both professional and popular journals. She received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Change from Harvard University. She’s been an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, a professor in two graduate business programs, a prolific writer, and a happy mother and grandmother. She has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates.
Before joining the Berkana Institute, Deborah was a partner and founding member of ZEFER, an Internet services firm that integrated business strategy, experience design, technology and program management. Earlier in her career, she was an editor for Snow Country magazine, and she continues to count skiing and winter sports among her greatest passions. She has worked in partnership with the Mastery Foundation, leading peace and reconciliation programs in Northern Ireland and Israel. She serves as a consultant and advisor to numerous grassroots organizations both locally and abroad. Deborah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.