Scott Spann is a master of applied networks, who worked with us on the Bioneers Resilient Communities Network project. We’re excited to bring Scott’s expertise to bear on operationalizing the Bioneers network of networks to create transformational change that honors people and nature.
Networks are nature’s favorite form, and social networks are going to be the primary organizational form for the 21st century. Our archaic societal systems, institutions and structures will continue to fail against the magnitude and complexity of the wicked problems the modern world faces.
Scott’s work through his company, Innate Strategies, draws on his experience as a systems thinker and modeler; his work as a trauma and developmental psychotherapist; developments in chaos, complexity and network theory; and emerging understanding from neuroscience, anthropology and ethology.
Scott is working to create deep, lasting impact in business and in society. Most recently, he’s helped create effective networks for projects as diverse as the restoration of the Mississippi River Basin and the Dead Zone in the Gulf, Vermont’s Farm to School Network, and the Minnesota Child Welfare System. He also serves as Chair of International Rivers, which recently received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
His work is inspired by his experience with business leaders – trying to do the right thing in complex, competitive situations; his work with social leaders in NGO’s and government – seeking to satisfy diverse stakeholders in ways that benefit the whole; his career as a Rolfer and trauma and developmental psychotherapist – witnessing people recover from the injuries that life and humanity too often deal us; and his time in nature as a cowboy, hunter and sailor.
Scott’s experiences range from consulting with Arthur Andersen & Co. to launching the Texas office of the Nature Conservancy; leading the Rolf Institute as Executive Director; as Vice President for ARC, International, a global consulting firm specializing in leadership development and cultural change; and working for Stone Yamashita Partners, a leading branding and strategy firm.
At this world-changing juncture in human civilization, we are grateful beyond words to have these three visionary leaders join our circle. We look forward to navigating these uncharted turbulent waters together, to bring peace, justice, compassion and ecological wellbeing into reality.