Our work

Since our founding in 2003, our programs have reached 3500+ change leaders in 56 countries. We have held 44 StartingBloc Institutes in New York, DC, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Boston, Raleigh-Durham, and London. Over the past fifteen years, we’ve helped entrepreneurs, activists, and other change leaders learn the skills, obtain the resources, and find the allies they need to craft thriving movements and organizations — and we’re just getting started. Read about our 2022 Vision here.

We run highly-rated leadership institutes in Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and New York that reach more than 300 civic leaders, educators, activists, freelancers and entrepreneurs each year. These serve as the launching event into the lifelong Fellowship. The curriculum focuses on adaptive/emergent leadership, transformative justice and restorative practices, and a respected leadership tool called Polarity Mapping, which allows people to hold and integrate paradox and divergent perspectives.

We bring that same content and expertise out into teams, organizations and civic groups through our consultancy work. Since launching in 2018, we’ve supported teams at Facebook, Red Bull, the American Heart Association and the University of Chapel Hill in shifting culture and developing their leadership talent.

We are an inclusive organization – 65% of our Fellows are people of color, 55% are women, 20% are international, and last year we awarded more than $100k in scholarships to make the Fellowship program socio-economically accessible.

We’re experts at building and sustaining high-trust community. Our Fellows continue to work together, share resources, coach each other, start projects, and engage in StartingBloc’s chapters for years after their Institute.