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Alan Webber

Co-founder, Fast Company

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

I have a BA from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. My professional background includes, in the realm of government and politics:
– Administrative Assistant to the Mayor, Portland, Oregon
– Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation
– Candidate, Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico.

In the realm of publishing: Managing Editor/Editorial Director, Harvard Business Review; co-founder/co-editor-in-chief, Fast Company magazine.
In the realm of writing: co-author, Changing Alliances: The Harvard Business School Project on the Auto Industry and the American Economy; co-author, Going Global: Four Entrepreneurs Map the New World Marketplace; author, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths For Winning at Business Without Losing Yourself; co-author, Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

My most recent startup is called One New Mexico. It is a non-profit devoted to improving the educational, social and economic opportunities for all of the people of New Mexico. At the moment, New Mexico ranks at or near the bottom of almost every critical metric of wellbeing. New Mexico is a state with too much poverty, too many at-risk, disadvantaged children, and too few jobs. The purpose of One New Mexico is to develop and promote solutions that work for all New Mexicans, to create a better future with more opportunities.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

My home is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work of One New Mexico will extend across the entire state of New Mexico.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

One New Mexico aims to design a strategy for New Mexico that combines the unique historical strengths of our state with a new set of possibilities for the future. New Mexico has unmatched resources in the land, in nature, in energy, in art and culture, in history and human spirit. It does not have one single economic base or dominant industry. Its schools are among the poorest performing in the United States; its people suffer from a depth of poverty.  We believe that the resources exist in New Mexico to create a future that lifts people out of poverty, vastly improves the schools, and builds an economy that leverages the state’s unique strengths to create diversified, sustainable jobs.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

A good question beats a good answer.