It all began in Seattle, and we started out as volunteers.
In 1990, Alan AtKisson co-founded the Sustainable Seattle initiative, which would later be recognized by the United Nations as a model project in urban sustainability and indicator development. Sustainable Seattle would act as a catalyst for the meeting between key individuals and a shared purpose that would later give birth to the AtKisson Group.
In 1992, Alan founded a small consultancy with a vision of introducing innovative tools into the new field of sustainability, and helping to accelerate change around the world. Our early consulting projects were in support of the sustainability leaders of the time, and they built our competency in indicators and assessment, organizational development, initiative design, training, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, communication, and other critical skill areas. Out of these projects also developed a set of proven tools and methods for advancing sustainability, which were brought together as the VISIS method (Vision, Indicators, Systems, Innovation, Strategy) and the Accelerator toolkit. (“VISIS” was formerly known as “ISIS”.)
Today, the AtKisson Group is a global network, with AtKisson, Inc. serving as the hub for dozens of affiliated organizations, firms, and individuals. Our tools, such as the Sustainability Compass and the Pyramid workshop, have been adopted and used around the world. And we are still made of the same core ingredients that our work was founded upon — systems and sustainability theory, mixed with best-practice methods of practical implementation and change; a sense of passion for our work; and a commitment to quality, creativity, and excellence in working with our clients and customers.