About Stephen Dinan
Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. A graduate of Stanford University and the California Institute of Integral Studies, Stephen helped create and direct the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. As the former director of membership and marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program and the One Minute Shift media series.
Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, Stephen felt “comfortably distant” from American politics. He was raised in a family that was actively involved in their community and church. Exposed to some politics through his father, who was a city attorney, Stephen remained at arms distance from activism throughout his undergraduate work at Stanford. His political awakening came in 2003, when after 9/11, he felt “heart-rendering dismay with the state of our country.” Realizing he had to take more personal responsibility, he began to see his passions in other areas, such as spirituality and business, could “not find their full and final expression until the political system passed laws and policies that supported a peaceful, sustainable, healthy and prosperous world.”
Stephen credits his father-in-law Larry Mitchell, a man with strong conservative views, as helping him integrate his progressive views with more conservative business disciplines. In the end, Stephen says he is a “more balanced man, and he learned
some of my most significant political cross-training” from Mitchell.
A social entrepreneur and leading voice in the transpartisan movement, Stephen has been a featured speaker at the World Cultural Forum in China, the Alliance for a New Humanity in Costa Rica, Renovemos Mexico in Mexico City, and the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, as well as many US conferences, events, radio programs, and online summits. He is also the author of Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All and Radical Spirit.
Stephen Dinan lives in San Rafael, California, with his beloved wife and business partner, Devaa Haley Mitchell.