Advisors, Mentors, Coaches, and Colleagues
Intellectual Resources and Wisdom Sources
Advisors to the Institute include policy analysts, business executives, educators, caregivers, union leaders, trade association leaders, political leaders, community activists and leaders, academics from several disciplines, authors, faith leaders, ethicists, futurists, professional researchers, professional consultants, and topic-specific and topic-focused knowlege leaders and experts.
The books, thoughts, insights, concepts, precepts, and contexts that anchor the work of the Institute have been influenced. Impacted, and enhanced by a broad set of solid, wise, insightful and competent people who have been deeply appreciated sounding boards, feed back generators, topical co-thinkers, and periodic co-developers of the basic Institute teachings, functional paradigms, and core beliefs.
All of the key teachings included in these books have had significant and useful input, feedback, dialogue, and learning-focused iterative interactions with experts in each of the key Institute focus areas.
The learning process has been enriched by discussion, dialogue and even some debate. Each of the books went through more than a dozen drafts before reaching their publication point. Each of the books will continue to be enhanced and periodically rewritten as the learning process continues for each set of issues. and many of the same people who offered steerage in the past will continue to steer a bit in the future.
The Institute is deeply grateful to the people who have been willing to take on those roles and provide that insight. The Thank You page on The Three Key Years book lists some of the key people whose input was important to that work. That list for that book was accurate but totally inadequate as a complete list and could easily have included a dozen more names whose input and guidance was a major asset for that book.
The Institute wants to express gratitude to several people who have offered insight, wisdom, coaching, and feedback for both the website content and the InterGroup Understanding books.
John August is at the top of that list for his consistently wise and insightful, timely and well considered advice, coaching and feedback on the books and site materials.
Dr. Randy Steer is very much appreciated for his wisdom and support, and for the extremely insightful reviews he wrote for each of the main books.
Howard Ross has been a source of wisdom, feedback, and encouragement for the books and site as well. His almost iconic books about bias and diversity also shaped some of the thinking in the books and web site.
Lenny Mendonca has been both wise and visionary in his feedback and encouragement.
Dr. Paul Dovre has been particularly wise and insightful, and his encouragement and feedback have been much appreciated at multiple levels.
Ian Morrison has not only been an inspiration and provided encouragement for several pieces of this work, but he wrote much-appreciated reviews of the books included in the tool kit.
Melanie Greenberg has also been a much-appreciated source of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement.
Chip Hauss not only wrote an extremely wise book about Peacemaking; he has been encouraging on the direction these thoughts and pieces have taken.
Robert Berg has not only offered insight; he co-authored the piece on birth to death education thinking and policy that was featured at the World Academy of Arts and Sciences annual education summit in Rome late last year.
Ross Thompson not only provided invaluable feedback and wisdom in the initial writing of the Three Key Years book — he has also provided support for the overall agenda.
Michael Goze has provided support, feedback, encouragement, and insights into the use of these materials with the most relevant audiences.
Dean Ornish has provided strong support and insight for several parts of this agenda, and has made needed connections with key experts and people in relevant positions for significant portions of this work.
Marcus Bright has provided insight and support, and has written some inspirational pieces that have guided parts of this thinking.
Susan True has been a source of guidance, insight, and support that has been much appreciated.
Senator David Durenberger has provided insight, support, wisdom and encouragement in much appreciated ways.
Lorie Halvorson has provided guidance, feedback, and steerage, and she has been a major source of direction and support for the entire effort.
Kelli Johnson has been a great source of feedback, insights, and unexpected and useful connections on multiple key points.
Linda Halvorson has not only been a source of wisdom and insight, she has also provided excellent editing support and guidance.
Jean Bradford has been a source of encouragement, insight, wisdom, and counsel, and has provided strong steerage on some important issues.
Ron Pollack has been a source of guidance, insight, and support on some key issues, and a strong source of encouragement for the whole process.
Luke Visconti has been a source of information, data, insights, wisdom, and support.
Peggy O’Kane has had a number of areas of both insight and support.
Patrick Dougherty has been an excellent source of information and feedback for economic linkages to some key issues.
Aaron Sojournor has also been a great source of insight, information, and support.
Arthur Rolnick has been a source of inspiration, insight, and support.
Katherine Stevens has expanded the learning base for key areas of the child-related books.
Art Caplan has provided much appreciated feedback and responses to some of the key pieces.
James Heckman was a source of brilliant insight and very useful encouragement for the child-development work.
Luke Visconti has been a solid source of information and a very strong and encouraging sense of support.
Conor Williams has been a solid source for important research, and has offered appreciated encouragement for these efforts and this work.
Martin Meeker has been a wonderful creator of context and a strong supporter for several of the agendas.
Andy Stern has been both a source of encouragement and insight, and his new book about the potential power and value of an income floor for Americans helped shape some of the more recent thinking about the InterGroup topics.
E. O. Wilson has not been directly involved in any way, but his insights in many areas were foundational for much of this work and this work is heavily in his debt.
Sons Jonathan, Seth, Charles, Derek, and Michael all have offered their own insights, support, opposition, wisdom, and advice about both the website and the books, and both the website and books are better for their impact.
The five InterGroup Understanding books would not have been possible without Gina Halvorson. She shepherded them from raw text into final edited copy, and she did it with patience, amazing discernment, and much appreciated support.
This is not a complete list of people who have been guiding and influencing this work, but it lists a few key people and thanks them for doing what they did and being who they are.
The world is full of wise and well informed people -- and The Institute is deeply grateful for the wise, experienced, well grounded and informed people who have been willing to offer both guidance and support to the work we are doing. As a next step, we intend to use the internet and the website as tools to facilitate additional dialogue and continuous shared learning on those key issues. That exact process has not been figured out yet, but smart people are thinking about it and it will be part of what we do and where we are going. More to come on those interactions. In the meantime, enjoy the books and the website.