Adam Kahane

Adam Kahane


Adam Kahane is a partner in the Cambridge, Massachusetts office of Reos Partners. Adam Kahane is the best-selling author of Solving Tough Problems, Transformative Scenario Planning, and Power and Love. Nelson Mandela said of Solving Tough Problems, “This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created.”

In 1991 and 1992, Adam facilitated the Mont Fleur Scenario Exercise, in which a diverse group of South Africans worked together to effect the transition to democracy. He has since led influential cross-sectoral dialogue-and-action processes in more than 50 countries. During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He later held strategy and research positions with a number of corporations and institutions.

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The Potential of Talking and the Challenge of Listening

In December 2002, the entire world was arguing about what to do about Iraq. There were two sides to the argument. On one side,…

New Stories Can Generate New Realities

There is no easy or straightforward or guaranteed way to transform complex social systems. My own experience of 20 years of working with transformative…

How Can We Solve Our Toughest Problems Peacefully?

For the past 15 years, I have focused all of my attention on answering one question: How can we solve our toughest problems peacefully?…