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David Sawyer

Cultivating high intelligence in human systems

David Sawyer (or, simply, “Sawyer”) was the cofounder of Converge, a Portland, Oregon-based consultancy, who specializes in networks, strategy, design and systems thinking. He has performed innovative work in fields as varied as education reform, national service, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and environmental stewardship. Prior to cofounding Converge, he helped launch the Americorps program, received the Servant Leader Award from the National Youth Leadership Council, and served as the first executive director of Social Venture Partners Portland. He was also a strategy consultant with Monitor Institute, and worked with mission-centered organizations and businesses small and large to address complex social and environmental challenges.

You can read more about the incredible life of David Sawyer in his full obituary.

Crosscurrent Founder, Kristin Dahl, is grateful for the time David spent with her as a mentor during the company’s formative days and her early work with impact networks. She will never forget how David treated her as a legitimate “thought partner” with the utmost respect and gratitude throughout the life of their relationship. David is greatly missed.