November Change Agents in Residence

Every month, Bainbridge Graduate Institute hosts a variety of Change Agents in Residence (CAIR) to provide current students with the opportunity to engage with thought leaders across industries. These industry pioneers advance sustainable business practices, research social and ecological sustainability, and lead organizations for social and economic advocacy.

Seattle, WA

Net Impact BGI is our monthly speaker series at BGI’s metro campus in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Current students, alumni, and members of the community are invited to attend and engage with a rotating mix of thought leaders. Food will be provided. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available. Register today.

SamDaley-HarrisSam Daley-Harris

Sam Daley-Harris is author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government, about which Jimmy Carter said, “[Daley-Harris] provides a road map for global involvement in planning a better future.” He is editor of Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovations in Microfinance for the Poorest Families, and author of each year’s State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report

He has received The Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the Caring Award from the Caring Institute, the Warner Woodworth Humanitarian Service Award from the Marriott School at Brigham Young University and the Elliott Black Award from the American Ethical Union”

Sam Daley-Harris is the Founder and President of RESULTS, an international citizens’ lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and poverty. Mr. Daley-Harris is a member of the board of RESULTS, REF and Stand for Children. The RESULTS Educational Fund is a 501(c)(3) international organization dedicated to mass educational strategies to generate the will to end world hunger. There are 100 RESULTS groups in the U.S. and 40 more in six other countries. Daley-Harris is Director of Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund. He also serves as a Member of Advisory Board of The Dignity Fund, L.P.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Bainbridge Graduate Institute is excited to welcome these Change Agents in Residence (CAIR) to the November 2013 Intensive of MBA in Sustainable Systems. Current students and alumni join the CAIR Fireside Chat in the Great Hall at Islandwood, 8:00 PM on Thursday November 14th. The public are invited to participate by following along on our @BGIedu Twitter to join the Change Agent conversation.

Michael Kanter1Michael Kanter

Michael Kanter started his career in the natural foods retail industry in 1971, at 20 years of age. In 1974 he opened Cambridge Naturals, a locally owned and independent retail store, specializing in natural health products with his wife, Elizabeth Stagl. His current preferred title is Chief Visionary Officer (yes, CVO), but he also functions as the president of the company.  Michael frequently consults with other retailers on ways to thrive in business in an increasingly competitive and more complicated marketplace. Cambridge Naturals is a member of INFRA, the Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association.

Michael Kanter is a founding member of Cambridge Local First (CLF) and since 2005 has served on the CLF Executive Committee. CLF is now over 2350 members strong and is part of both the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) local economy networks.

Michael is a founding member of the Slow Money Alliance. He is a life-long activist for peace and justice and supports related causes that include a healthier environment and economic fairness. Michael speaks often at natural foods trade shows, most recently at Expo East in Baltimore this past September. He is passionate about building community through strong, local economies.  In particular, he focuses on the concept of locally owned and independent businesses being one of the essential pillars of a healthy community.

Steve-ButcherSteve Butcher

Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets, is a leading expert on disruptive business models and the founder of Not-Just-For-Profit. His work has been covered in Fortune, and the Reading Eagle. Steve has worked with business owners, non-profits and start-ups in nearly every business category, and his style can be both familiar and bizarre and always a nightmare for competitors. A reluctant member of generation X, Butcher has been working online since the age of 11. More recently, he’s taken to the idea of hosting an open laboratory for the development of business plans written to fix broken industries like energy, transportation, banking, insurance and non-profits.

Brown Paper Tickets, the Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, revolutionized the industry by putting free, professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering on the Internet, and continues to champion the rights of ticket-buyers with the lowest fee for the most service in the industry. The company donates a portion of each ticket sale to charity, pays its employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of “Doers,” experts in industries such as music, new media, makers, roller derby and more, to fix, improve and revolutionize the communities they serve.

We hope you enjoy connecting with these outstanding change agents! To learn more about engaging with Change Agents as a student, contact us at

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