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John Kania

Executive Director at Collective Change Lab, Inc.

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John Kania Biography

Over the last 30 years John Kania has been a practitioner, researcher, writer, teacher, and speaker on how organizations and people can achieve change together. For 17 years, he ran FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm and think tank working globally across issues and sectors to support social and environmental changemakers. From 2018 to 2020, he served as an Executive-in-Residence at national venture philanthropy New Profit, co-leading the launch of a systems change practice.

As his career evolved, Kania has explored with increasing depth what it takes to achieve change collectively. In 2011, he co-authored the article “Collective Impact,” which remains Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most-read article ever. The theory and practice of collective impact has spread across the globe, honed and enhanced by thousands of practitioners and initiatives.

One of Kania’s key interests is the nature of effective leadership in complex social change. He has had the good fortune to learn from and practice with two of the most insightful leadership teachers of our time, Ron Heifetz and Peter Senge. He collaborated with both to publish notable articles: “Leading Boldly” with Ron, and “The Dawn of System Leadership” with Peter.

Most recently Kania’s practice, research and writing have focused on systems change, helping clarify for practitioners how to “shift the conditions that hold a problem in place.” Kania’s much-referenced article, “The Water of Systems Change,” (which includes the “Six Conditions of Systems Change” framework) is being used around the world today to bring clarity to systems change and to help people achieve collective potential.

Prior to his work in the social sector, Kania was a business strategy consultant at CDI and Mercer Management Consulting, with a focus on identifying shifting profit opportunities for companies. He began his career at global ad agency, Leo Burnett, where he first learned the power of narrative to inspire change.

Kania’s spiritual practice has for many years been an important dimension of his approach to social change. Recently, Kania has been a student at the Living School within the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque studying the spiritual wisdom traditions with teachers Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, Cynthia Bourgeault, Brian McLaren and James Finley. He has a daily meditation practice.

Kania holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in the Graduate Program for Social Innovation.

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Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World

Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World

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    Booking fees for John Kania, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Kania, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Kania for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Kania for your next private or corporate function.
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Executive Director at Collective Change Lab, Inc.

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John Kania Biography

Over the last 30 years John Kania has been a practitioner, researcher, writer, teacher, and speaker on how organizations and people can achieve change together. For 17 years, he ran FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm and think tank working globally across issues and sectors to support social and environmental changemakers. From 2018 to 2020, he served as an Executive-in-Residence at national venture philanthropy New Profit, co-leading the launch of a systems change practice.

As his career evolved, Kania has explored with increasing depth what it takes to achieve change collectively. In 2011, he co-authored the article “Collective Impact,” which remains Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most-read article ever. The theory and practice of collective impact has spread across the globe, honed and enhanced by thousands of practitioners and initiatives.

One of Kania’s key interests is the nature of effective leadership in complex social change. He has had the good fortune to learn from and practice with two of the most insightful leadership teachers of our time, Ron Heifetz and Peter Senge. He collaborated with both to publish notable articles: “Leading Boldly” with Ron, and “The Dawn of System Leadership” with Peter.

Most recently Kania’s practice, research and writing have focused on systems change, helping clarify for practitioners how to “shift the conditions that hold a problem in place.” Kania’s much-referenced article, “The Water of Systems Change,” (which includes the “Six Conditions of Systems Change” framework) is being used around the world today to bring clarity to systems change and to help people achieve collective potential.

Prior to his work in the social sector, Kania was a business strategy consultant at CDI and Mercer Management Consulting, with a focus on identifying shifting profit opportunities for companies. He began his career at global ad agency, Leo Burnett, where he first learned the power of narrative to inspire change.

Kania’s spiritual practice has for many years been an important dimension of his approach to social change. Recently, Kania has been a student at the Living School within the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque studying the spiritual wisdom traditions with teachers Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, Cynthia Bourgeault, Brian McLaren and James Finley. He has a daily meditation practice.

Kania holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in the Graduate Program for Social Innovation.

John Kania Videos

  • Shifting How We Work to Reach Transformational Change
  • John Kania on Systems Change and Power

John Kania Books

FAQs on booking John Kania

  • How to book John Kania?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Kania for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Kania, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Kania or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Kania?

    Booking fees for John Kania, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Kania, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Kania?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Kania for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Kania for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Kania or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Kania or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Kania is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Kania for your event is available upon request. John Kania generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Allen, Harish Shah, Afterburner, Peter Senge and Tim Sanders. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Kania for an upcoming live or virtual event.

John Kania Speaker Videos

  • Shifting How We Work to Reach Transformational Change
    John Kania on Systems Change and Power

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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