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Werner Erhard
Business, Management, and Humanitarian Leader


Werner Erhard is an original thinker whose ideas have transformed the effectiveness of and quality of life for millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. For more than 40 years he has been the creator of innovative ideas and models of individual, organizational, and social transformation.

His work has been the source of new perspectives for thinkers and practitioners in fields as diverse as business, education, philosophy, medicine, psychotherapy, developing and emerging countries, conflict resolution, and community building. Erhard has created new ways of seeing things in areas where progress has stalled or where breakthroughs would make a significant difference. He has consulted for numerous Fortune 100 corporations and charitable and governmental entities, including IBM, NASA, Lockheed, The Hartford Group, and Africare to name a few. Moreover, a majority of the Fortune 100 companies, and many foundations and governmental entities, have also used his ideas and models. Fortune magazine’s 40th anniversary issue (5/15/95), in examining the major contributions to management thinking, recognized Erhard’s ideas about methods for empowering people as one of the major innovations in management thinking of the last few decades.

Werner Erhard is largely self-educated, albeit with tutoring from some important thinkers of his time—Richard Feynman, Michel Foucault, Humberto Maturana, Sir Karl Popper, Hilary Putnam, and Martin Heideggar, to name a few. Philosopher Michael E. Zimmerman said of Erhard, “He had no particular formal training in anything, but he understood things as well as anyone I’d ever seen; and I’ve been around a lot of smart people in academia. This is an extraordinary intellect I saw at work.” In recognition of his humanitarian work around the world, in 1988 Erhard was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award.

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