Lawrence Ellis is an internationally respected complex systems leader, consultant and coach operating at the intersection of human, ecological, technological and other systems. His main focus is on Collective Leadership Intelligence, leveraging the imaginations, skills, and resources of leaders to create a culture that would be welcomed by most people around the world. Lawrence uses a range of vehicles to help shift our global culture away from ecological destruction, extractive and exploitative economics, and inhumane political and social systems… towards a life-honoring culture.
His unique approach combines the best of contemporary innovations and time-honored traditions to promote systemic, large-scale change. A Rhodes Scholar who took his graduate degree at Oxford University, Lawrence has worked with executive leaders, filmmakers, Indigenous elders, fellow visionaries and others to find solutions for a viable future for humanity, other species and the planet.
Lawrence is the CEO Emeritus and Founder of Paths to Change Consulting, a network of thought-leaders developing optimally effective organizations, and catalyzing strategic changes in organizations, communities and large systems. He is a film producer with the award-winning film company Planetary Collective (winners of a 2013 Environmental Media Award), has taught numerous workshops, and led many sold-out transformational retreats. Lawrence executive-produced the global tele-summit, Indigenous Wisdom & Modern Science, featuring 20 internationally acclaimed leaders. In 2011 Lawrence was honored as a visionary change leader in Mindy Audlin’s book, Let It Begin With Me: 21 Voices Of The New Peace Movement.
He is a Trustee of World Merit, and serves as the Lead Sustainability Engager/Advisor with/to its 100,000 young leaders, ages 18-35, in more than 100 countries around the globe.
A note from Lawrence:
“For decades I was passionate about the environmental challenges of our time, from climate change to species extinction, and the crisis of consciousness behind them. I remain committed to addressing these potentially cataclysmic threats, not only for human beings, but also for other systems and species on the planet. Other drivers that will influence our future, like Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are of equal concern. Some of these new advances carry tremendous promise, but may also contain untold perils. As I investigated this landscape and where my efforts might be of most use, I realized that for decades much of my right livelihood as a Full-Spectrum Sustainability expert was focused on developing and supporting world changing leaders and also leveraging my own leadership capabilities in support of a viable future. My training as a complex systems theorist and consultant teaches me that there are innovative ways to form collaborations between human organizations and societies, as well as computer data and AI.
My personal awakening was inspired by my work with leadership cohorts, such as AVAAZ.org, a global network of 43 million people who work to create solutions around pressing issues such as climate change, ethnic cleansing, and systemic abuses of power.
Similarly I was inspired by my work with top leaders in Silicon Valley in the American Leadership Forum, one of the preeminent leadership fellowships in the U.S. Their mission, which I’ll paraphrase, speaks to the heart of my own work:
‘to build diverse networks of leaders to support the creation of a Silicon Valley that is equitable, resilient and thriving… thus able to courageously navigate the biggest challenges of our time.’
While I continue to care deeply about the sustainability and inequity challenges that face our time, I have come to see that the highest leverage point for change is through Collective Intelligence, and in particular, Collective Leadership Intelligence for transforming the world we have into the world we want.”
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