About The Episode

We talk with Gifford and Libba Pinchot, founders of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the first graduate school of its kind to focus on business and sustainability. Gifford and Libba talk about their decision to create the program and the high expectations they have for their students to change the world.

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About Gifford Pinchot

Gifford has been an organic dairy farmer, a blacksmith, an author, an innovation consultant, software CEO, an angel investor and a school president. He has published three books. "Intrapreneuring," which introduced a new way of fostering innovation by creating space for innovators to express their entrepreneurial spirit within existing organizations, was a bestseller in 15 languages. "The Intelligent Organization," written with his wife, Libba, took self-organization a step further, to include the everyday work of ordinary employees. "Pinchot & Company," which he runs with his wife Libba, has served half of the Fortune 100 and helped them to launch over 700 new products and businesses.

In 2008, Executive Excellence named him number 32 on the top 100 leadership thinkers. He has a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from U. of Puget Sound. In 2009 he was awarded the Olympus Lifetime Education Award and in 2010 he and his wife were named Purpose Prize fellows. Gifford graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an honors degree in Economics, then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.

About Libba Pinchot

Libba has taught leadership development and intrapreneurship to senior executives in Fortune 100 companies for the last twenty years. She is a co-founder and the President of Pinchot & Co. She also has advised the executive directors and senior staff of numerous nonprofit organizations.

Libba has chaired the boards of a model progressive school and a start-up environmental education facility. She was the executive director of one of the first Headstart teacher training centers. She was a staff clinician in an outpatient setting, delivering psychological services to individuals, groups and families.

Libba was senior curriculum developer for the first computer-assisted education project at Stanford University, a joint venture of IBM and Stanford University. She received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon, and a second Master’s degree in Family and Organizational Systems from Goddard College.

Gifford and Libba Pinchot


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I was introduced to Libba and Gifford 13 years ago by Mr. Ray Anderson,
CEO of Interface. We were all attending a Natural Step Conference in
San Francisco. Libba explained that they were going to start an MBA
program in Sustainable Business Strategies and I thought they were Mad, but I wanted to attend. Unfortunately business got in the way, but here
I am 13 years later now retired from Interface and proud to be on the Board of BGI,I did get my wish to attend, but in a different way than I had imagined. Libba and Gifford keep dreaming. We have big plans


I'm so proud to be a member of this community. It is becoming increasingly apparent that business is an institution that has the power to effect tremendous, positive change. It feels good to know that others are working with a similar frame of mind.

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