John Steiner is a networker, meshweaver, catalyst, tranpsartisan activist and creative consultant, often with his wife and partner, Margo King. He is one of the national leaders of the current effort to take the transpartisan movement to scale.
For decades he has been passionate about how we can heal across the partisan divides in our country and globally. From 2004-2009 he helped organize Reuniting America, as it brought together conservative, moderate, liberal and progressive leaders of national organizations to engage in constructive dialogues and to prove that leaders with highly divergent views could and were actually eager to work together to find common ground solutions.
He was a founding board member of Search for Common Ground, and with Rob Stein a co-founder of the National Commons, a predecessor organization to the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, where he was a founding advisory board member. He was one of founders of the Social Venture Network, and the Threshold Foundation. He served as board chair of CDR Associates.
He currently works full time helping to build, catalyze and serve this emergent, transpartisan field as a co-founder and board member of the Bridge Alliance — http://www.bridgealliance.us/ — as co-leader of the Citizen Summit, and as a board member of the Mediators Foundation. He works closely in this arena with Mark Gerzon, author of The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide.
John is a graduate of Harvard College, class of ’65. He spent a year in Venezuela with Accion en Venezuela (like the Peace Corps). Studying city planning at Berkeley brought him out to California in 1966 and for twenty years thereafter. He has practiced Zen Buddhism at the Zen Mountain Center at Tassajara Hot Springs in California.
John and Margo have lived in Boulder, CO since 1986. With their two grown children they are trustees of the Steiner King Foundation. They are also members of Impact Partners, which invests in social impact documentary films. Their work and life are animated by a long-term commitment to the timeless wisdom traditions and to planetary awakening.