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The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
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"Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast"

Daniel R. Katz
Senior Program Director,
The Overbrook Foundation;
The Rainforest Alliance

Friday, November 16, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Since founding the Rainforest Alliance in1986, Daniel Katz has been leading efforts to build the 'Emerging Middle' – a set of practices, attitudes, and behaviors that place a premium on reputation, global footprint, and social impact – which both businesses and nonprofits are adopting to succeed in a rapidly changing environment." — Matt Potoski, faculty host

Famed social ecologist Peter Drucker said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." Join Daniel Katz in a discussion of what Drucker meant, and how clashes between organizational style and larger movement culture can be overcome. Daniel will provide specific examples of how the culture of the broader environmental movement can both speed up progress and totally derail it. He will also discuss the challenges and lessons learned from his latest effort to get the 16,000-plus organizations registered as environmental groups in the U.S. to tweak/rebuild/refresh the way they work together in order get better/more enduring/lasting results. His talk should be of interest to anyone working to build a stronger, more effective nonprofit organization or to those wanting to understand how nonprofits can work together to create lasting, equitable change.

For nearly 30 years, Mr. Katz has strived to build alliances that change the way the world works. He has dialogued with the most remote indigenous communities and the largest global corporations in the effort to find common ground for conservation. He has founded several successful organizations that required cooperation between unlikely bedfellows - and serves on the boards of several local, regional, national and international organizations.

Daniel R. Katz is Senior Program Director at The Overbrook Foundation, where he leads the foundation's environmental giving in the areas of international biodiversity and sustainable consumption and production. He is the Board Chair and former executive director (1986-2000) of the Rainforest Alliance, an organization he co-founded in 1986 at the age of 24. The Rainforest Alliance is now considered one of the premier international conservation organizations, with 13 offices working in more than 100 nations. A former Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, Mr. Katz serves as board member of several other organizations, including the People for the American Way Foundation, Catalog Choice, and Grist.or . He is the editor of two volumes: Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry and Song (Workman) and Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader (Crown). Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker on the topics of the environment, leadership, and the future of conservation. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and studied Chinese linguistics in Wuhan, The People's Republic of China. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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