Juanita Brown

Coach, Advisor & Learning Catalyst // , ,

Juanita Brown, with her partner David Isaacs, is the co-originator of The World Café, a pioneering
approach to large-scale dialogue and collaborative inquiry being used in corporate, community,
government, education, and multi-stakeholder settings around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of
people on all seven continents have experienced the World Café to foster sustainable development,
responsible business futures, conflict resolution, democratic leadership, and local community
engagement around critical issues.

The award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures through Conversations that Matter, that Juanita
co-authored with David Isaacs and the World Café Community has been translated into 10 languages,
and has recently been released in mainland China. Her recent work on Conversational Leadership: Thinking

Together for a Change, highlighting the leadership capacities needed to create innovative architectures

of engagement at increasing levels of scale has appeared in both The Systems Thinker and the Oxford
Leadership Journal.

Juanita developed her belief in the power of conversation and community to shape the future through her
early years at the Na-Bolom Institute, a center for dialogue and action on indigenous issues and rainforest
preservation in Chiapas, Mexico. Juanita was also a key architect in large-scale community development
and outreach work with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. She has applied her discoveries
about the principles for building engaged communities both to her strategy work with clients as well as
to the co-evolution of the World Café as social innovation––using both living systems approaches and
community development sensibilities to engage a growing global network of multi-generational hosts
committed to creating collaborative dialogue and committed action around critical local, national and
global issues.

Since 1974, Juanita has collaborated as a strategic thinking partner with senior corporate executives
as well as non-profit leaders in the U.S., Latin America, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim, advising
on large scale change initiatives and creating innovative forums for strategic dialogue around critical
organizational and societal issues. Her clients have included Procter and Gamble, Exxon, Kraft General
Foods International, Hewlett Packard, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Ericsson (Sweden), Intel, National
Bank of Mexico, Altria Group, Skandia Corporation (Sweden), the Stockholm Challenge on Technology
for the Common Good, the San Francisco Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, The Fetzer Institute,
and the Bush Foundation, among others.

Ms. Brown has served as a Senior Affiliate with the MIT Sloan School’s Organizational Learning Center
(now the Society for Organizational Learning) and was a member of the core research team of the MIT
Learning Center’s Dialogue Project. She has served a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future
and as an Associate with the Norwegian Center for Leadership Development. Juanita has collaborated
as program faculty at the John F. Kennedy University School of Management, the California Institute of
Integral Studies, Columbia University, and the University of Monterrey, Mexico. She serves as a Fellow
of the World Business Academy and has been honored among the World Who’s Who of Business and
Professional Women.

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