Michael Strong, M.A.
Michael Strong, M.A. is Cofounder and Chief Visionary Officer,
Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
Michael cofounded Freedom Lights Our World (FLOW), the predecessor organization to Conscious Capitalism, Inc., with John Mackey six years ago in order to promote entrepreneurial and capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael writes for both academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review, etc.) and popular audiences (The Huffington Post,RealClearPolitics, Microfinance Insights, Policy Innovations, Carnegie Ethics, etc.)
He is the lead author, along with Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Hernando de Soto, Co-chair of the U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, John Mackey, and others of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems. Be the Solution was listed at Lewis Perkins’ The Semantics of Sustainability blog at Fast Company as one of his ten favorite books, Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma calls it “A must read,” Dan Palotta, the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine their Potential, describes it as “A breathtaking integration of futuristic thinking about economics, politics, social justice, and human happiness, it is nothing less than a blueprint for a transcendent tomorrow for humanity,” and the blog Primal Sense states “it could end up being one of the most important books of the last 100 years.”
Prior to cofounding FLOW and Conscious Capitalism, Michael spent fifteen years creating and leading innovative schools based on Montessori, Socratic, and entrepreneurial principles, including a charter school named the 36th best public high school in the U.S. He is also the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, and has consulted for hundreds of educational institutions around the world.
Michael was educated at Harvard, St. John’s College, and the University of Chicago, where his dissertation work was on “Ideas and Culture as Human Capital” under Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker.
He has two children, Homer, a statistician, and Jemima, a pre-med student, who are happy and well. He is married to Magatte Wade, a serial entrepreneur from Senegal who created Adina World Beverages, the highest profile U.S. retail brand created by an African entrepreneur, and The Tiossano Tribe, a high-end organic skin care line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes and ingredients.
Michael’s current work pushing the frontiers of Conscious Capitalism includes a focus on the entrepreneurial creation of communities, legal systems, and city-scale development. Michael sees the entrepreneurial creation of new communities and new legal systems as the most rapid and effective means of eliminating global poverty and creating ever greater levels of happiness and well-being for all of humanity.
Watch Michael Strong Interview – Walmart, Michael Strong – The Seasteading Institute Conference 2009, UFM.edu – Michael Strong and Socratic practice, FreedomFest 2007 – A Libertarians Guide to FLOW w. Michael Strong & John Mackey, What It Will Take to Foster Peace: Liberating Economic Freedom – Part 1, and What It Will Take to Foster Peace: Liberating Economic Freedom – Part 2.