I am Alan Gregerman
A few personal notes:
- I am trained as a geographer and have a real passion for travel, cultures, and cities.
- I really enjoy meeting and learning from strangers, especially strangers who are very different than me.
- I love to walk, hike, play basketball, and sea kayak—especially in the North Sea off the west coast of Sweden.
- I could eat Asian food every day for the rest of my life.
- I really like the Indian holiday of Holi—in both theory and practice—and almost any holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
- I am nuts about trains, trams, subways, and cable cars.
- I tend to overuse the word “awesome.”
- I have a totally awesome wife, three awesome kids, and a really awesome rescued dog named Vincent.
Praise for “The Necessity of Strangers”…
Praise for “Surrounded by Geniuses”…
SHORT AND TO THE POINT:
Alan’s three books—The Necessity of Strangers, Surrounded by Geniuses, and Lessons from the Sandbox—challenge our thinking about people, the world around us, where brilliant ideas actually come from, and how to reach our full potential as individuals, leaders, and organizations.
LONGER AND WITH ADDITIONAL POINTS:
Alan is an internationally-respected expert on business strategy, innovation, and unlocking the talent in people at all levels of organizations. As a consultant he has helped more than 300 teams and businesses to create important innovations with a 90% success rate. He is also an award-winning teacher, best-selling and award-winning author, and renowned keynote speaker who has been called “one of the most original thinkers in business today” and “the Robin Williams of business consulting.” His first book, Lessons from the Sandbox, provided a powerful formula for business and personal success based on the magic of childhood. His second book, Surrounded by Geniuses, showed companies and organizations how to unlock more compelling value by finding powerful insight in their own people and the world around them. His latest book, The Necessity of Strangers, is all about the power of connecting with and learning from people who are very different than us as the key to greater innovation, collaboration, and success. Before starting VENTURE WORKS, Alan was Director of Entrepreneurial Services for a national management consulting firm, Special Assistant for Program Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the first Visiting Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Library of Congress. He has also worked as a mapmaker, subway mechanic, hotel housekeeper, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at the Robert Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Alan earned his B.A. in geography, summa cum laude, from Northwestern University, and his M.A. in economic geography and Ph.D. in urban and technology planning with highest honors, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In his free time he is active in a wide range of volunteer activities focused on education and creating opportunities for everyone in our communities to reach their full potential. He and his wife Lisa, an educator and labor and delivery nurse, have three children, Sara, Carly, and Noah, and a very goofy rescued Flat Coated Retriever named Vincent.