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Bill Shireman

Bill Shireman has an uncanny ability to cut through dogma and find common ground — even between those who love to hate each other. He designed California’s best-in-the-nation recycling system, brokered the first global supply chain standards for forest protection, united campus activities with corporate leaders to help build civil institutions in Sudan, and is now bringing the political left and right to protect the environment. He has been uniting political adversaries for more than 30 years — capitalists, activists, conservatives, and progressives. He teaches the art to future business and political leaders at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and in his seven books. He practices it as President of Future 500, where he and his colleagues bring together corporate and environmental leaders to protect the world’s forests, oceans, and climate. He helps conservatives and progressives find solutions together as board members and mentor of Bridge Alliance and BridgeUSA. A walking contradiction, Shireman is a life-long Republican environmentalist dedicated to the goals of progressives and the means of conservatives. Bill believes the economy and nature are part of the same system, and that the political right and left are complementary opposites, only able to accomplish their ends together. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Aileen and two of his three children.