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“AtKisson Group” is becoming “Sustainability Accelerator Network”

The AtKisson Group — a global leader in making sustainability happen for 26 years — is changing

We are a professional network of firms, foundations, individual experts, and university centers of expertise. We offer advisory, training, research and communications services. Our clients include global companies, government agencies, large NGOs, and the United Nations. Our tools, analyses, and strategic advice have been put to use around the world.

And we are changing our name. Founder Alan AtKisson has taken on a new role, as a senior official in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (“Sida”). Our newly renamed Sustainability Accelerator Network, with members in a dozen countries, will continue to offer the same high-quality services.

 

Our History

AtKisson Group has always been at the forefront of sustainability. The Sustainability Accelerator Network continues that tradition.

In 1990, Alan AtKisson co-founded Sustainable Seattle, a volunteer initiative later recognized by the United Nations as a model project in urban sustainability and indicator development. He established a small consultancy in 1992, and Sustainable Seattle became his first pro bono client.

AtKisson’s ultimate aim was to spread sustainability ideas more quickly and accelerate change. His early consulting projects for cities, foundations, and international initiatives around the world led to the creation of tools and methods to support integrated planning; indicators and analysis; transformative organizational development; training for change agents; and other elements of what later became standard practice in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

AtKisson’s 1999 bestseller Believing Cassandra – How to be an optimist in a pessimist’s world introduced concepts such as “sustainability change agent” and creating sustainability transformation through accelerated innovation. His keynote speeches and seminars, often including musical interludes and interactive exercises, electrified audiences ranging from research scientists to business executives, and from high school students to military officers.

By 2001, the AtKisson Group had established its second office in Stockholm, Sweden (where Alan lives — he is a dual citizen of the US and Sweden). By 2010, there were AtKisson Group Affiliates and partners in France, Germany, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Mexico and other countries. While the AtKisson Group remained small in business terms, its clients included global icons such as Nike, Levi Strauss, Volvo Cars, WWF, and numerous governments, as well as the United Nations Secretariat.

The AtKisson brand name was always associated with top quality services, using creative methods, based on long experience, delivered with unquestioned integrity, as well as high returns on sustainability investment. Its successor, the Sustainability Accelerator Network (SusAccel), is equally dedicated to helping you achieve genuine success in sustainability — quickly, strategically, and reliably.

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AtKisson Group History 1992-2018, by the Numbers

285
Organizational clients served
355
Projects completed
50
Countries worked in
100%
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Who We Are

The Sustainability Accelerator Network is a global group of consulting firms, non-profit organizations, university-based centers, and individual practitioners. There are Affiliates and partners in France, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and other countries. As an agile network, we can form teams quickly to address specific issues or to work in specific regions.

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Our Global Network

Organizational Affiliates and Partners

 
Systainability Asia

Systainability Asia

Affiliate - SE Asia
Center for Sustainability Transformation

Center for Sustainability Transformation

Affiliate - Germany
Centre for Systems Solutions

Centre for Systems Solutions

Affiliate - Poland
Auburn University

Auburn University

Affiliate - SE USA
Cabinet Espere

Cabinet Espere

Affiliate - France
Change Agent Inc.

Change Agent Inc.

Affiliate - Japan
Center for Sustainable Development/CEMUS - Uppsala University

Center for Sustainable Development/CEMUS - Uppsala University

Partner - Sweden
Mendeleev University of Chemical Science

Mendeleev University of Chemical Science

Partner - Russia
CREATE/Sasin Center for Sustainability Management

CREATE/Sasin Center for Sustainability Management

Affiliate - SE Asia
Sendzimir Foundation

Sendzimir Foundation

Affiliate - Poland

We are one of the world’s most experienced networks in the field of sustainability.

What We Do

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A glimpse at our work, and our clients

WWF – Creating a Sustainable Ocean Economy

WWF – Creating a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Strategic support to the United Nations

Strategic support to the United Nations

Helping a global brand become a global leader

Helping a global brand become a global leader

Envisioning Fossil-Fuel-Free Transport in Sweden

Envisioning Fossil-Fuel-Free Transport in Sweden

SIDA International Training Programs

SIDA International Training Programs

Advising a global accounting firm

Advising a global accounting firm

WWF-US Corporate Climate Strategy

WWF-US Corporate Climate Strategy

Supporting a global company’s rise to sustainability prominence

Supporting a global company’s rise to sustainability prominence

News from our Global Network

The Last WaveFront: Alan AtKisson takes on a new role at Sida

The Last WaveFront: Alan AtKisson takes on a new role at Sida

May 17 2018

On May 14, Alan AtKisson sent out the last issue of the newsletter he and his AtKisson Group colleagues have been producing…

New version of Accelerator Pro – Now in widescreen format

New version of Accelerator Pro – Now in widescreen format

Mar 29 2018

The AtKisson Group is releasing a new version of its widely used Accelerator Pro tools for sustainability. The slides have a new…

Do sustainability tools work? How would we know?

Do sustainability tools work? How would we know?

Mar 23 2018

By Alan AtKisson. Versions of this article have also appeared on LinkedIn (Sustainability Professionals group) and GreenBiz.com, where Alan has a regular…

How we helped launch a design revolution in Oslo

How we helped launch a design revolution in Oslo

Jan 09 2018

Once in a while, a conference actually changes the world. In this case, I refer to a series of conferences in Oslo,…

Free e-book tells story of OUT TO SEA exhibit’s success

Free e-book tells story of OUT TO SEA exhibit’s success

Sep 26 2017

The OUT TO SEA museum exhibit on ocean plastics — crowdfunded and managed by AtKisson Group and hosted by Stockholm’s Tekniska museum…

AtKisson Group: 5 years of pro bono work for the SDGs

AtKisson Group: 5 years of pro bono work for the SDGs

Sep 12 2017

The AtKisson Group has been deeply involved in supporting the SDGs since 2012. We have been involved in their formation, development, launch,…

 

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