About Us

We help leaders and consultants develop advanced communications, diagnostics, and mobilization skills for bringing a profound shift in their businesses. 

Our Mission

We enable our clients to build productive and powerful enterprises and work environments where people are passionate, joyful, and profoundly satisfied with serving their customers, serving each other and continuously engaged in improving the way they work together to create value.  

The growing coordination wastes and bad moods in our enterprises and concerns about our abilities to deal with it, have moved us to establish Harvester Academy. We human beings have forgotten that we are continuing the work of our forebears, inventing our concerns, practices, institutions, and all else in our worlds. We are responsible for making assessments about the way that we care for our worlds. We are not merely the victims of our circumstances; to care is to be committed to prepare ourselves to do what we can to take care of what our worlds bring us.

Our Team 

We stand on the shoulders of giants. Our team, our partners, and our network is the secret ingredient behind our key successes. Our globally diverse people and partners come from our lifelong networks of collaborators. We have worked together for decades on confronting crucial business challenges, designing remarkable innovations, and building and launching technology products and platforms. 

Chauncey Bell

Laurie Dent

Michele Gazzolo

Andy McBride

Margaret McIntyre

Saqib Rasool

Our History

Chauncey began this part of his career more than 40 years ago, designing and implementing operating models and systems for better orchestration of work in enterprises. More than 30 years ago, Chauncey met Fernando Flores, whose work had been inspired by Martin Heidegger, Stafford Beer, John L. Austin, John Searle, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, and others. The two became friends and began a long collaboration that has included starting and running Action Technologies, Inc., Business Design Associates, Inc., Hermenet, Inc., and LogoNet, Inc. Notable collaborators of theirs have included Terry Winograd, Juan Ludlow, Hubert DreyfusJames Gosling, and Peter DenningThe practices and technologies invented in those companies would be used in growing clients' businesses, sometimes to multinational giants, and some of what they invented has found its way into the fundamentals of modern management sciences and practices. 

Saqib began his career 20 years ago at Microsoft and later launched several of his own entrepreneurial ventures. He had been searching for ways to conceptualize and build communication protocols and applications to improve business conditions, in the US and Asia. In 2006 Saqib met Chauncey. The Harvester Initiative began as an ongoing collaboration between Chauncey and Saqib, to inquire into the challenges businesses face in the 21st century, and explore new possibilities available for the application of Chauncey's past work, in emerging enterprises.

We established Harvester Academy in 2015 to introduce to the business world new skills, sensibilities, and technologies that enable people and enterprises to create powerful new futures.

More About Chauncey Bell

Chauncey Bell has extensive experience working with senior executives and consultants to reshape the skills, processes, and cultural characteristics of enterprises in North America, Latin America, and Europe. He is responsible for important innovations in several industries and his work has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in growth and savings each year for his clients.  Here are a few examples:

  • Working side-by-side with the program manager responsible for the installation of tools for a large semiconductor fabrication plant, completing it on time at ~40% below projected costs, notwithstanding continuously changing scope. The team of more than 2,200 craftspeople coordinated the installation of hundreds of tools costing $25-$100 million each.
  • In one of many utility company engagements, he helped the responsible team to complete dozens of projects with an overall result for the company of more than 19% more power than had been promised to the regulator with costs >15% less than allowed, all in less than one year’s time.
  • He laid out practices that led to reducing cycle times for building £10B worth of new wind farm capacity by ~25%.
  • He helped shape the development of a new online retail bank that opened in 10 months, including approval by bank regulators. The bank subsequently took ~15% share of its market in less than 24 months.

Chauncey's customers come from a variety of industries including IT companies, hardware and software makers, semiconductor manufacturers, retail and wholesale banks, heavy equipment manufacturers, telecommunications companies, electric power generators, internet tech companies, power transmission and distribution companies, process industries, governments, startups & more. 

Consultants trained and mentored by Chauncey Bell and his associates have generated hundreds of millions in savings and billions of dollars in new value for our customers over the past 20+ years by designing and mobilizing business initiatives that have delivered new financial capital, intellectual capital, and market identity.

Chauncey holds an AB degree in English Literature from Harvard University. He has been awarded a half-dozen software patents and has written prolifically on the subject of business design.

"A formidably important feature of holding on to big questions is avoiding the temptation to put more attention on answers than on the space for inquiry that questions open. I like to joke that when asked questions, Americans regularly make a terrible mistake. What mistake? We answer the questions! And at the moment that the answers appear the listeners get satisfied and the questions disappear."

- From Mobilize!: Dancing in The World by Chauncey Bell

Join The Adventure

We are preparing to publish several books and educational offers on our breakthrough approach to business diagnostics and design. We will be honored if you will join us on the adventure. 

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