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On this page you can get an overview of our mission and vision, what we offer, and who we are.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

Our mission is to support today’s and tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, artists, and entrepreneurs with the concepts and tools they need to heal and renew the world.

We believe that by elevating and strengthening the powers of imagination, empathy, intuition, creativity, and other human capabilities, we help you realize your hopes for creating a better world. Without this orientation, as Joseph Beuys said, “it makes no sense, so to speak, to grow better potatoes.” We need healthy and whole selves to create healthy and whole companies and societies.

We aspire to inform, nourish, and train the next generation, reaching every part of the earth with conversations, pictures, media, and experiences that tap and cultivate humanity’s highest potentials.  

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WHAT WE OFFER

THE WORLDMAKER COURSE

Magenta produces an online intensive training program designed to teach creativity know-how and capacity building to leaders creating next generation businesses and social solutions. It’s called Worldmaker.

Worldmaker is part immersive training program and part practice studio, designed to boost your inner game, creative competencies, and business toolkit.

Whether you are at humble beginnings or a seasoned CEO, our training will challenge you to think radically new thoughts and take your creativity and leadership to the next level.

To learn more about the Worldmaker program, go here.

THE COMPANY CORE SERVICE

When facing business challenges such as difficult relationships, toxic culture, or loss of marketshare, you might wonder where to turn. We designed Company Core to help you tackle your toughest challenges. Those challenges can have deep roots: it’s often an inner game as much as a cultural, strategic, or operational one. The inner and outer are two sides of the same coin.

That’s where we can help. We take a unique and holistic approach to growing your people, culture, and systems.

We call it Company Core.

Our approach is rigorous, hands-on, and practical. We mentor, coach, teach, facilitate, and otherwise bring our twenty years experience to help you resolve the biggest issues in your company and create a great, high-functioning place to work. To see some of the work we’ve done, go to our stories page. To learn more about our Company Core, go here.

GLOBAL AUDIENCE, HANDS-ON SUPPORT

We sell services and products, and we also give away as much as we can for free. Our free content is designed to reach a global and diverse audience with useful insights, tools, knowledge and inspiration, while our services serve leaders and entrepreneurs in their business building and change work.

We’ve worked around the world, either in person or with video conferencing tools. If you’re interested to work with us, distance is no barrier.

We love to learn, create, and connect with friends around the world. We believe in the power of the human spirit. And we’d love to know you too. We invite you to connect with us and sign up for our ezine here, or contact us!

Our Story

The story of Magenta Studios began in 1993 as two young artists half a world from each other came to understand that creativity could be applied outside the arts and in the world’s toughest challenges. They met in 1996 while serving post-war peacebuilding efforts in the Balkans and began working together as a team and partnership that’s still thriving today.

For many years, we helped business, government, and civil society leaders address challenges such as peace, leadership, national futures, energy, child protection, systemic violence, justice, prosperity, climate, disabilities, drugs, and other challenges. Working in more than twenty countries on such a wide range of issues, we learned that humanity’s toughest challenges are rooted not in our systems but in our minds, hearts, and actions — and that unless we address those cultural and even spiritual roots of our challenges, we can’t create a healthier world.

This was a major realization for our practice. It explained why even our best funded, best designed projects rarely (if ever) changed the core structure of the problem. The driving forces of our toughest challenges are in, as Emerson put it, “the master ideas reigning in the minds of many persons” — that is, the minds and hearts of millions of people in a society’s wider culture — and are thus essentially inaccessible to leaders and institutions.

We took a step back, realizing that humanity has a culture problem, even an evolutionary problem — one that can’t be “solved.” Because we can’t “solve” a society any more than we can “solve” a person: they both have inner lives, albeit at different scales. We had to rethink everything — and so we left the company we co-founded to start a new venture.

Artist Joseph Beuys famously said,

“Art is now the only evolutionary-revolutionary power. Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the deathline: to dismantle in order to build a social organism as a work of art.”

It took us twenty years to realize the import of this statement. Our mentor Dennis Klocek put it like this: “There is no transformation without transformation.” There’s no transformation (of the world) without transformation (of the human being).

Today, Magenta mentors, trains, and supports emerging business leaders, thinkers, artists, and change agents to help them understand and renew the world. We help them grow exponentially their leadership capabilities, their creative toolkit, and their personal mastery for not only their own success but also for the success of everyone. We join together in a common aspiration: that we all, together, can co-create the world we want to live in.

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Our Projects

From peace building in the post-war Balkans to facilitating innovation in an Australian child protection system, from training next generation business leaders to supporting racial equity and social entrepreneurship in America, from helping governments address climate change in Europe to exploring the futures of clean energy in the United States, democracy in South America, and the wealth gap in Colombia — we have supported hundreds of leaders in over twenty countries for more than twenty years.

Check out some Stories from our work.

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What’s with the map, you ask? It’s a dymaxion map, created by Buckminster Fuller. It’s designed to show the continents in their relative shapes and sizes more accurately than traditional maps do. Why? Whenever a globe is shown in two dimensions, there’s distortion. This map minimizes that distortion. Cool, right? Lots more where that came from!

We hired Magenta to help us more fully engage our workforce, leaders, and other stakeholders in our ongoing service to the greater Vancouver region. They helped us devise efficient, powerful ways of innovating, learning, and creating across our organization. We’re deploying them in all our work, big and small — with wonderful results.

Tanya Sather - Executive Co-Director, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

Magenta are artists and social entrepreneurs with a brilliant practical and theoretical understanding of how individuals and teams can bring into being new artistic and social realities.

Adam Kahane - Director at Reos Partners North America, author

Through my work with Magenta I was able to explore my own aspiration and abilities, and how that did or did not line up with my work. I also learned several practices with which I am beginning to come out of the cerebral and into the lived experience of my challenge. I return often to the work we did together to help re-situate myself, and always find new layers of insight. 

Erin Harrington - Executive Director, The Salmon Project

We partnered with Magenta to co-lead our development program for senior executives in one of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies. The Magenta team played a highly significant role in curriculum development and overall leadership of the program. Both our client and we as Reos were enormously pleased with the quality of Magenta’s contribution to the project. Magenta understands both the big picture as well as the nuts and bolts for successful inner leadership development.  Highly recommended.

Robbie Macpherson - Director at Adaptable Leadership & Partner at Reos Partners Australia

Magenta provided a sensitive, personal and supportive approach to enhancing our strengths while inspiring us to go beyond our expectations. Their accessible methods equipped us with tools for implementing beyond their program.

Shalini Agrawal - Director at Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts

WHAT TO DO NEXT

Get our free audio training called Solving the Riddle of Making Change: How to Create Real Solutions.

In this training and transcript, we’ll give you four key insights into using creativity so you can:

  • Know what to do when you begin to notice that your plan isn’t working.
  • Know how to be results driven AND flexible at the same time.
  • Harness the creative potential hidden in mindsets, beliefs, biases, and other “inner” realities.
  • Become a finely tuned instrument for your positive change endeavors.

 

When you sign up, you’ll get the inside track to our regular posts and deals we offer only to our list.

This page is About Us, but we’re here to serve YOU. YOU are the reason we do what we do.

Over the years, we’ve met hundreds of change-makers around the globe doing all kinds of amazing work. YOU are among the leaders who are rising to the challenge to forge new ideas and paradigms that can serve life now and in the future.

In today’s world, the stakes are high — and in our view, the primary source of renewal is the awake, sincere, creative, determined person who’s willing to continually learn and transform. That’s who we support.

YOU are among those we aim to serve. And we’ve love to get to know you.

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