We are a global consultancy — but we started out as volunteers.
In 1990, Alan AtKisson co-founded Sustainable Seattle, a volunteer initiative later be recognized by the United Nations as a model project in urban sustainability and indicator development. When he established a small consultancy in 1992, Sustainable Seattle became his first pro bono client.
Alan’s vision was to spread sustainability ideas more quickly and accelerate change around the world. His early consulting projects (for cities, foundations, and international initiatives) led to the creation of tools and methods to support integrated strategic planning, indicators and analysis, transformative organizational development, “change agent” training, and other critical elements of what later became standard practice in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Alan’s 1999 bestseller Believing Cassandra – How to be an optimist in a pessimist’s world introduced the world to concepts such “sustainability change agent” and to the possibility of creating sustainability transformation through accelerated innovation. His creative keynote speeches and seminars, often including musical interludes and interactive exercises, electrified audiences ranging from research scientists to business executives to military officers.
By 2001, the AtKisson Group had grown from a one-man consultancy to an international team, establishing its second office in Stockholm, Sweden (where Alan now lives). By 2010, the Group had developed Affiliates and partners in France, Germany, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Russia, and several other countries. While the Group remains small in business terms, it competes successfully against much larger firms. Clients have included global icons such as Nike, Levi Strauss, Volvo Cars, WWF, and numerous governments, as well as the United Nations Secretariat.
Today, the AtKisson brand name is associated with dedication to quality, long experience, creative methods, and unquestioned integrity, as well as high returns on investment. We are dedicated to helping you achieve genuine success in sustainability — quickly, strategically, and affordably.