Members of the Institute Advisory Board:

  Ron Schultz

  Kurt RIchardson





23400 Erwin St.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Ron Schultz is the founder and Executive Director of the microfinance/micro-lending program, Lending4Change, which was launched in 2010 in association with the Union Rescue Mission and Pepperdine University. The program works with disenfranchised populations and social businesses to create new micro-enterprises and provide them with access to capital. He also founded the International Social Action Film Festival (ISAFF), a year-round film festival which has screened in 10 countries and 20 cities since launching in 2009. Within the Social Entrepreneurial world, Ron has been recognized internationally as a thought leader and will soon be compiling and editing the Social Entrepreneurship Industry Bible to be published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2012.


In addition, Ron has written or co-written and had published 22 books - 14 of which are on business, innovation, and American competitiveness. His 22nd book will be published this fall by Palgrave-Macmillan. Others include: Adjacent Opportunities – Sparking Emergent Social Action (Emergent Publications, Impact Books, 2010) Unconventional Wisdom (HarperCollins, 1994); Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation through Complexity, (with Howard Sherman) (Perseus Books, 1998); and The Mindful Corporation: Liberating the Human Spirit at Work, (with Paul Nakai) (Leadership Press, 2000). Mr. Schultz was Publisher of Leadership Press and Director of Corporate Communications for Senn-Delaney Leadership, one of the leading cultural change consultancies in the world. He also co-founded Learning Arts Publications, a book packaging company producing books for publishers like Chronicle Books, Hyperion, and Tuttle Publications


Beyond publishing, Ron’s Hollywood career, in both television and movies, includes a Movie of the Week for CBS, The Switch, which ultimately changed independent living laws in the State of Georgia for quadriplegics and is considered one of the finest TV MOWs ever made by IMDB.  He has also had a feature film produced and written dozens of children’s TV shows, including five of the first 30 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episodes. He also wrote and produced the cable TV series The Poet’s Voice, 11 half-hour episodes featuring 22 nationally recognized poets, and a variety of short documentaries including one as media director for former CA Governor, Jerry Brown, called, The Learning Society, about exemplary computer-in-schools programs in the early 80s which was funded by Apple Computers.


Ron is a regular columnist for the Journal, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, with his column, Adjacent Opportunities. He is also a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence and has been a senior consultant with the Santa Fe Center for Emergent Strategies. His web sites can be found at:, and