The Revitalizing Futurist for Companies, Communities, Universities & Non-Profits
Storm is the motivational speaker for ANY event wanting to inspire audiences with confidence in a better future, or prepare them for change.
- Regenerative Economist and Publisher of REVITALIZATION NEWS
- Author, The Restoration Economy (Berrett Koehler, 2002)
- Author, ReWealth (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008)
- Author, Planetary Renewal: A Strategy To Reverse Our Decline. (coming November 2017)
- Public Speaking website (StormCunningham.com)
Storm Cunningham has been called “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” by George L. Ochs, Managing Director, Global Real Assets, JP Morgan. Ochs calls Cunningham’s 2008 book, ReWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.” He's widely acknowledged as the world's original regenerative economist.
Since 2002, Storm has been helping public and private leaders better understand: 1) the community/regional revitalization process, and 2) how to best position their organization for growth within that process.
Storm keynotes conferences worldwide--such as in Australia, Israel, Italy, England, Poland, Belgium, Mexico, Canada, and Denmark--for audiences of all kinds. For general audiences (students, parents, managers, entrepreneurs, etc.), he provides inspirational talks, telling (and showing, with dramatic before-and-after photos) how our cities and planet are coming back to life. For technical audiences (planners, architects, scientists, etc.) he does workshops revealing the latest trends, strategies, and technologies to making places healthier, wealthier, and more beautiful.
From 2006 - 2009, Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College in Toronto )Canda's largest college). He lectures at leading academic institutions worldwide on a regular basis, such as Harvard, Clemson, Rutgers, and the Universities of Virginia, Texas, and Maryland. His "Restorative Careers" symposium is always a huge hit with students and faculty alike
Cunningham's groundbreaking first book was The Restoration Economy, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2002. It has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary“, “Remarkable“, “A modern classic“, “A landmark work“, “Required reading“, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.“
Storm's second book, ReWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in 2008. The Foreword was written by legendary 4-term Indianapolis mayor Bill Hudnut. Bill Leary, former Director of Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality, says of reWealth: “This is the book world leaders should be talking about! In reWealth they will find the path to revitalizing our economy, restoring our environment, and renewing the quality of our lives.“
Storm also writes chapters for the books of other authors, such as Project Management Circa 2025 on the future of the project management profession (Project Management Institute, 2009: hardcover, 519 pages) and Restorative Redevelopment of Devastated Ecocultural Landscapes (CRC Press, June 2010: hardcover, 430 pages).
Storm might be the only revitalization facilitator who addresses all aspects of renewal; natural and cultural resources, urban and rural communities, industrialized and lesser-developed countries, etc. On any given day, he might be working with educators, fishery biologists, city planners, agronomists, watershed managers, transportation engineers, environmentalists, economic development organizations, real estate developers, GIS software firms, project managers, mayors, ecosystem restorers, brownfields experts, historic preservationists, or catastrophe recovery agencies.
He is retained on a regular basis to speak or consult with federal agencies (such as Environment Canada), state/provincial governments, metropolitan areas & rural communities, and Fortune 500 companies. Examples: The U.S. State Department has hired Storm to do multiple workshops for their International Visitors program. The American Embassy in Warsaw sponsored Storm's Polish speaking tour (and series of meetings with local mayors). Storm was a keynoter (along with former President Bill Clinton) at the Ontario Economic Summit, an invitation-only event for the province's most influential public and private leaders. He was a keynoter (again, with Bill Clinton) at the World Congress of the Project Management Institute.
Storm Cunningham was—from 1996 to 2002—Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 50+ year-old association of 16,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers. They provide training and certification for construction specifiers and document specialists, and their formats are the standard for quality commercial construction in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries. During this time, he was CSI’s staff liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.
He was previously CEO of a small manufacturing company that developed aquaculture systems based on a pioneering water purification technology invented at the Smithsonian Institution.
A former Green Beret SCUBA medic, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. His passion for integrating economics and nature goes back to his undergraduate business major and biology studies at Windham College in Vermont. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA.