Alan M. Webber is an award-winning, internationally recognized author, editor, speaker, and consultant. His 40-year career spans work in journalism, entrepreneurship, government, and non-profit organizations.
From 1987 to 1993 he was the managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review. Under his leadership, HBR was a two-time finalist for National Magazine Awards.
He was the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine from 1993 to 2003. Fast Company became the fastest growing business magazine in U.S. history and won two National Magazine Awards, one for general excellence and one for design. In 1999, with co-founder William Taylor, Alan was named Adweek's Editor of the Year.
In 2009 Alan published "Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths For Winning at Business With Out Losing Your Self." The book has been translated into seven languages and was praised by Paulo Coelho, who said "Rules of Thumb" ". . . transcends categories, offering deep insights into what it means to live life to the fullest . . . ."
Alan has published columns and articles in The New York Times Sunday magazine, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today, among other publications. His career began in government and politics; he served as an administrative assistant to the Mayor of Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and as a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in the late 1970s.
Today he sits on the board of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, the Dorobo Fund, and the international advisory board of The Hub. He holds an honorary degree from the Boston Architectural College and has spoken at events all over the world, from the Waldzell Conference in Austria to the Do Lectures in Wales to Better By Design in New Zealand.
Alan lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Frances Diemoz, an architect and woodworker. They have two children, Adam and Amanda.