Global Business Network

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The Global Business Network is a network created in 1987 that describes itself as "a worldwide learning community of organizations and individuals—a network, connected by the open and generous exchange of ideas, 'out-of-the-box' scenario thinking, ruthless curiosity, and exciting new information technologies."[1] Andrew Blau is president of Global Business Network.

The five founders of GBN were:

"Also instrumental in GBN's creation were several key colleagues in Europe: Kees van der Heijden and Arie de Geus, both former heads of Group Planning at Shell; and Bo Ekman, a consultant and former Volvo executive. Since 1999, GBN has been led by CEO Eamonn Kelly. Eamonn is the author of Powerful Times: Rising to the Challenge of Our Uncertain World and co-author of What's Next: Exploring the New Terrain for Business. Before joining GBN, Eamonn was head of strategy for Scottish Enterprise, one of the world's foremost economic development organizations. Working closely with Eamonn are the co-heads of GBN's consulting practice, Andrew Blau and Chris Ertel.[1]

"In December 2000, GBN became a member of the Monitor Group." [1]

It is associated with the International Futures Forum and is linked to from the web page of the Scottish Parliament's Futures Forum

Network Members (2010)

Accessed November 2010: [2]


GBB has over 190 corporate members including companies from oil and gas industry, chemicals and biotechnology, food, mining, pharmaceuticals, banking, publishing, nuclear energy and technology sectors. [1]

In an August 2007 action alert, the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting noted that nuclear power booster Stewart Brand has financial ties to the nuclear industry, through the Global Business Network (GBN): [2]

GBN numbers, among the 192 clients named on its website, more than a dozen corporations and governmental agencies involved in the production or promotion of nuclear energy: General Electric, Bechtel, Duke Power, Siemens-Westinghouse, Fluor, Electric Power Research Institute, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Électricité de France, Iberdrola, Vattenfall, Sydkraft (now E.ON Sweden) and Sandia National Labratories. Some of these, including GE, Bechtel, Duke Power and Westinghouse, are receiving government subsidies to develop the next generation of nuclear power plants.

GBN is based in Emeryville, California, though a move to San Francisco is planned for May 2006.

Website of GBN

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The GBN is funded by almost 200 large corporations including [3]:

Contact details

Global Business Network
101 Market Street
Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-932-5400
Fax: 415-932-5401

Resources and articles

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 History, , accessed September 3, 2007.
  2. Members, Global Business Network, accessed November 15, 2010.

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