Fowler Center for Sustainable Value Features Author Peter Senge

Celebration May 9 honors major gift from Char and Chuck Fowler

News Release: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Media advisory

What: Media access to noted sustainability author Peter Senge of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Senge is co-author of the recent book The Necessary Revolution. The book explains how individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world. Others who are directly involved with the recently established Fowler Center for Sustainable Value will also be available.
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011.
Time: 2:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.
Location: George S. Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road, Cleveland.
Important Note: This is an invitation only celebration event. Media access is encouraged through prior arrangement with media contacts.
Contacts: Marv Kropko 216.368.6890 or Patricia Jurca 216.368.0070.

Background: About the celebration

CLEVELAND - The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management was established in 2008 when Char and Chuck Fowler invested in Weatherhead’s emerging sustainability leadership role with a gift of $7.5 million. Fowler Center's celebration in recognition of the Fowlers is planned for the afternoon of Monday, May 9, at the George S. Dively Building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The featured guest is Peter Senge, co-author of The Necessary Revolution, a guidebook for those who recognize the need to act and work together now to create a sustainable world for ourselves and for generations to follow. Senge is a senior lecturer at MIT and the founding chair of the Society for Organizational Leadership. He is author or co-author of several important books, including The Fifth Discipline, Schools That Learn, and Presence.

Senge, in the inside flap of The Necessary Revolution, explains that it contains "a wealth of strategies that individuals and organizations can use -- specific tools and ways of thinking -- to help us build the confidence and competence to respond effectively to the greatest challenge of our time."

The Fowler Center leverages interdisciplinary scholarship and practice to help leaders capitalize on new profitable business opportunities to solve the world’s growing social and environmental problems. The center works directly with institutions to place sustainable value into core strategies, applying cutting-edge competencies such as Appreciative Inquiry.

"Sustainability is here to stay, and it's not just the right thing to do but it's a business innovation engine — doing good and doing well are totally and mutually reinforcing, and sustainability provides an overarching ideal and storehouse of leadership tools to make it so," Chuck Fowler has said. One of the Weatherhead School of Management's graduates, Chuck Fowler is CEO and president of Fairmount Minerals.

Together, the concepts of Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Value answer the challenge of business today: to generate wealth while strategically addressing the pressures of multiple stakeholders, increasing competition and ever-greater resource limitations.

Appreciative Inquiry emerged at the Weatherhead School in the 1980s as David Cooperrider and Ron Fry discovered the power of positive inquiry for igniting innovation and whole-system change. Their concept of AI has become a global movement with tens of thousands of practitioners on six continents — all working to identify unique strengths of individuals, businesses and systems, and to leverage and unite those strengths to benefit whole systems.

Fowler Center Executive Director Roger Saillant is a recognized authority in renewable energy and sustainability. He is known for expertise in fuel cells, energy policy and holistic management techniques. His extensive corporate experience includes seven years as CEO of Plug Power, a fuel cell company. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at Ford Motor Co. and Visteon Corp., and he has worked to open plants and operations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

The concepts and practice of Sustainable Value have been driven by leading work at the center. Chris Laszlo’s new book Embedded Sustainability is written with co-author Nadya Zhexembayeva, both of whom are on the advisory board for the Fowler Center, as are Peter Senge and Chuck Fowler.

Fowler Center builds on the impressive legacy of Business as an Agent of World Benefit, now with a new level of priority, scale and scope as an interdisciplinary center of excellence.

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, May 4, 2011 07:27 PM | News Topics: Official Release