Our Approach

People matter. Your leadership matters.

The world is in a period of tremendous shift.

We’re moving out of a culture of accumulation into a culture of distribution. Out of winners take all into interdependence. Out of broken systems of power and privilege and into systems of equity and justice. We can see a path forward but our progress has been slow, stifled by existing power structures and ineffective bureaucracy. Both the process of change and its outcomes remain inequitable, unjust, and geographically limited.

To move us through this change, we are using old styles of leadership built on scarcity, fear, perfectionism, and a hyper focus on growth and it’s not working.

Remember: culture is created and malleable.

We can build systems that enable the planet and one another to thrive.

To get there, our leadership needs to be self-aware, competent and mature.

To get there faster, we need to build greater collective belonging and relationship.

What does the future of leadership look like?

All of our trainings, workshops, and consulting support the development of the 4 central tenets* within the future of leadership:

Self Aware

In networked systems, the ability to take personal responsibility and understand your own strengths and learning edges is key. Our work focuses on encountering each person’s inherent power and messiness.


We understand technical competencies and hard skills are important. Our works blends the technical with the theoretical and provide tools and resources to make sure the content is actionable.


Through building inclusive community and relationships, we more quickly come up against our own edges of understanding. Connectivity makes people happier and more creatively productive.


Mature leaders are better able to engage tension, lead stronger teams, hold longer term perspective, and ultimately make a bigger impact on the world’s biggest problems.

*These 4 tenets are based on empirical data around core skills needed in the future of work, over a decade of experience in training highly successful leaders, and research frameworks on leadership development.

How are we accomplishing change?

We’re finding people like you and organizations like yours. People who value trust, abundance and equity. People who hold deep respect for our planet. We provide you with the training you need to achieve your mission and connect you with like-minded individuals who are just as passionate about creating movements and enacting change. By coexisting with a diverse group of peers, collaborating across geography, industry and sector, and experimenting with emerging ideas and practices, we’re figuring out what works and we’re bringing it back to the organizations we lead and the communities we respectively serve.

Together, we are creating a new paradigm of work and leadership. And we’re betting that paradigm creates a more just, sustainable, and thriving planet. Join us.

Our reach


StartingBloc Fellows, connected in 18 active regions across 56 countries


leaders trained in at least one of our workshops through our Consulting services


companies founded as a result of StartingBloc in industries like renewables, civic engagement, financial access, representative consumer products, and sustainable agriculture


people estimated to be currently working under the leadership of a StartingBloc Fellow

Our depth


of Fellows say that StartingBloc provided them with a much stronger personal network


of Fellows feel more empowered as a result of StartingBloc


of Fellows saw improvements in their mental and/or physical health as a result of StartingBloc


of Fellows agree that StartingBloc shifted their demonstrated leadership


of Fellows agree that StartingBloc increased the social and environmental impact of their work


of Fellows have reported receiving support from the StartingBloc community


of Fellows report having given support to someone in the StartingBloc community

9 out of 10

StartingBloc has maintained a 9/10 or higher Net Promoter Score throughout our 16 year history