He offers a variety of services as an international keynote speaker, private mentor and advisor to consultants (see Services). He has published 14 books to date, his latest being The Great Growing Up, which received the 2013 Grand Prize for Non-Fiction from the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. He publishes a monthly newsletter called John Renesch’s Mini-Keynote.
John has four decades of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur. He left his chief executive position in the real estate investment industry in the mid-1980s and, after a period of personal introspection prompted by his concerns for the future, he embarked upon a new path.
From 1990 to 1997, he served as publisher and editor-in-chief of New Leaders Press, dedicated to publishing progressive business books and periodicals. John has created twelve business anthologies on the subject of business and transformation. Over 300 visionaries have contributed to these books.
John is now a global futurist, humanitarian, writer and keynote speaker on topics that integrate the subjects of business, human consciousness and possible scenarios for the future of humanity. He has also become a social activist, an advocate of social and organizational transformation and awakening what he sees as the latent potentialities of the human race. John is not an ordinary futurist who mostly downloads from the past. He listens to what wants to happen and with unlimited possibilities he becomes a champion of that future.
John is a member of the practitioner faculty for the Center for Leadership Studies, member of the International Editorial Board of The Journal of Values-Based Leadership, past member and project advisor and guest blogger for the World Future Society, former member and Inaugural Board Chair of the Shaping Tomorrow’s Foresight Network, and Co-founder of FutureShapers, LLC.
As a keynote speaker, John has presented challenging questions and observations to audiences in Tokyo, Seoul, Brussels, London, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Zurich, Amsterdam, Port-of-Spain, Caracas, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Budapest and many U.S. cities. He’s received much praise as a speaker and a visionary. John has also addressed numerous classes of MBA students, including University of California, Stanford University, University of San Francisco and others. The late Warren Bennis, leadership expert, author and distinguished professor emeritus at USC called John “a wise elder who shines with wisdom.”
John has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Nikkei Financial Times, Business Week, public radio’s “Marketplace,” CNBC-TV’s Ron Insana on “Management Today Show,” Business Talk Radio (U.S.), National Public Radio (U.S.), Forbes (both Brazil and U.S.), Chief Executive and Industry Week magazines on the subject of consciousness and business. The Futurist magazine calls John a “business visionary.”
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