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Business & Society


Navigating Political Frontiers

  • Political actors have a strategy for your business.
  • Do you have a strategy for them?

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Political Left & Right


Making Democracy Work

  • Not just winning elections, governing

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USA & the World

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America as Catalyst

  • A flatter world requires wider vision, closer friends

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Seeing and Speaking 360 Degrees on Immigration

Huffington Blog Post

March 14, 2014

GSPM student Kara Dunford co-authored this piece

"Earlier this week I shared one approach to tackling immigration reform devised by students at the Graduate School of Political Management. In the interest of being bipartisan, here is a presentation from that our students developed from the Republican perspective.

They worked to create a plausible and budget-positive immigration proposal, against the backdrop of a deeper understanding of what it means to approach politics with a 360-degree vision. By seeing and speaking 360°, political leaders can effectively build coalitions and overcome policy gridlock through political savvy. The best political leaders unify highly segmented societies thanks to their ability to see, understand, and reconcile opposing perspectives."

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A8A Shapeholder Engagement

Based on his experiences in both the private sector and public life, Kennedy developed a framework of  shapeholder engagement that takes a long-term view of the most beneficial path - the “8A” approach.

The first set of “A’s” – Authenticity, Anticipation, and Assessment – define how to be well positioned with respect to shapeholder actions.


“Shapeholders”, the “8A” and "7A" approaches  are copyrights of Mark Kennedy



DShapeholder Decision Matrix

The second set of “A’s” – Advance, Avert, Acquiesce and Assemble – explain how to act in response to an attack or opportunity posed by shapeholders as illustrated by the Shapeholder Decision Matrix >>


“Shapeholders”, the “8A” and "7A" approaches  and “Shapeholders Decision Matrix” are copyrights of Mark Kennedy




SPPeak Leadership for Political Leaders - Making Democracy Work in Brazil

Speech: Rede De Acao Politica Pela Sustentabilidade

Sao Paulo, Brazil

March 10, 2014

It was great to address young leaders and supporters of Rede De Acao Politica Pela Sustentabilidade, an organization devoted to cultivating tomorrow's political talent throughout Brazil.

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BBrazil Attorney General Luís Inácio Adams

Brasilia, Brazil

March 17, 2014

After a wonderful week with students in Brazil, it was wonderful to connect with other leaders in Brazil to plan an even better class in 2015 and to explore opportunities to train more Brazilian leaders in how to Make Democracy Work.  One of my visits included meeting with Brazil Attorney General Luís Inácio Adams.

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