Bob Stilger has spent 35 years working with people who are building communities and building organizations that are strong and vibrant. Lately, his work has been focused more and more on the magic that happens when true friendship, curiosity, and respect are present in any room. He work in many ways – conversation host, teacher, speaker, consultant, facilitator and coach.
Dr. Stilger earned his B.A. from Carleton College. His master's and Ph.D. degrees were earned at California Institute of Integral Studies.
From 2005 – 2009, Dr. Stilger served as the co-president of The Berkana Institute, a nonprofit institute that works with communities and pioneering leaders in all types of organizations throughout the world. He worked with others to co-entrepreneur the Berkana Exchange – an innovative translocal learning community of leadership learning centres in places like Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, Pakistan, India, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. He's hosted many of Berkana's Learning Journeys out into the world and worked to develop Berkana's learning and consulting programs. He also worked as a community and organizational consultant on behalf of Berkana and wrote, made presentations, and hosted conversations on transformative leadership in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and South Africa.
Before joining The Berkana Institute in 2000, Stilger spent 25 years as the Executive Director of an innovative community development corporation in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Regional Facilitators. Along with a small group of other younger leaders all in our mid-twenties, he founded NRF with a great deal of support from older leaders in Spokane, Washington. His work touched many areas – citizen participation, community organizing, affordable housing, work/family issues, hunger, growth management, community futures, transportation, nuclear waste, community health and nonprofit organization capacity building.
His current work is to support the many people around the world who are stepping forward to provide critical leadership in these times. In particular, since 2010 his work has been especially focused in Japan where he am now helping people in the Tohoku Region devastated by the triple disasters of March 11, 2011 build healthy and resilient communities. His doctoral research and continued inquiry in the world is around the emergence of forms of leadership which create new possibilities in our communities. He works as a coach to many younger leaders, helping them name their work, connecting them with others, assisting them in supporting each other, and illuminating their work to others who are looking for a sense of what we might do, together.
He teaches at the graduate level of leadership and community at colleges and universities throughout the US. His main organizational base in the US is www.newstories.org; his personal base has been Resiliant Communities and he is beginning to develop The Transformation Institute.