- FutureShapers, LLCFounder, 2012 - present
- Renesch Advisory ServicesFuturist, writer, keynote speaker, advisor, mentor, 1968 - present
John Renesch is an advisor, mentor, futurist and writer on matters of social and organizational change. He believes that commerce holds the key to bringing about a global shift of human consciousness thus creating a future of tremendous possibility for humankind - the possibility that will allow humanity to transcend the inevitable future that can be projected from current trends.
John has four decades of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur. He left his chief executive position in the real estate investment industry in the mid-1980s and, after a period of personal introspection prompted by his concerns for the future, he embarked upon a new path.
From 1990 to 1997, he served as publisher and editor-in-chief of New Leaders Press, dedicated to publishing progressive business books and periodicals. John has created twelve business anthologies on the subject of business and transformation. Over 300 visionaries have contributed to these books. Among them are USC Professor Emeritus, author and leadership expert Warren Bennis, Gary Zukav (author, The Seat of the Soul ), One Minute Manager creator Ken Blanchard, Riane Eisler (author, The Chalice and the Blade), M. Scott Peck, MD (author, The Road Less Traveled ), The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, former Herman Miller CEO Max DePree, television genius Norman Lear, Harvard University's Rosabeth Moss Kanter, international management guru Tom Peters, Common Cause founder John Gardner, Megatrends series creators John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene, Stanford Business School Professor Emeritus Michael Ray, and former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev.
John is now a global futurist, humanitarian, writer and keynote speaker on topics that integrate the subjects of business, human consciousness and possible scenarios for the future of humanity. He has also become a social activist, an advocate of social and organizational transformation and awakening what he sees as the latent potentialities of the human race. John is not an ordinary futurist who mostly downloads from the past. He listens to what wants to happen and with unlimited possibilities he becomes a champion of that future.
He offers a variety of services as an international keynote speaker, private mentor and advisor to consultants (see Services). His latest book is The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity's Future (click here) which received the 2013 Grand Prize for Non-Fiction from Indie Book Awards. He publishes a monthly newsletter called The Mini-Keynote.
John is a member of the practitioner faculty for the Center for Leadership Studies, past member and project advisor of the World Future Society, current member and Inaugural Board Chair of the Shaping Tomorrow's Foresight Network (UK), member of Voice of Business and Institute of Noetic Sciences (US), advisory board member of the Sustainable Futures Foundation (Switzerland) and a founding Fellow of the international consortium The Global Collaborators’ Alliance.
As a keynote speaker, John has presented challenging questions and observations to audiences in Tokyo, Seoul, Brussels, London, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Zurich, Amsterdam, Port-of-Spain, Caracas, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Budapest and many U.S. cities. He's received much praise as a speaker and a visionary. John has also addressed numerous classes of MBA students, including University of California, Stanford University, University of San Francisco and others. Warren Bennis, leadership expert, author and distinguished professor emeritus at USC calls John “a wise elder who shines with wisdom.”
John has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Nikkei Financial Times, Business Week, public radio's "Marketplace," CNBC-TV's Ron Insana on "Management Today Show," Business Talk Radio (U.S.), National Public Radio (U.S.), Forbes (both Brazil and U.S.), Chief Executive and Industry Week magazines on the subject of consciousness and business. The Futurist magazine calls John a "business visionary."