Dr. Chris Johnson has nearly 30 years of experience in teaching, speaking, writing, leading workshops, and facilitating retreats with a wide range of audiences in higher education, civic and faith-based organizations, and the business, not-for-profit, and social change communities. He is Founder and Principal of The Milkweed Group, LLC, whose work is to create and hold safe, courageous spaces that nourish inner wisdom, sharpen clarity of purpose, and nourish capacity to live and lead for a better world.
Previously, Chris was the founding Director of the Center for Vocational Reflection, Director for Vocation and Integrative Learning, and Associate Director of the Center for Servant Leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College, in Saint Peter, Minnesota, where he also taught courses in theology and ethics.
Chris works with state, regional, and national projects around issues of vocation, calling, and purpose; life transitions; leadership development; personal, social, and ecological sustainability; experiential learning & civic engagement; vital aging and the “3rd chapter of life”; and spirituality in life and work. With his wife, Kim, he is co-founder of Prairie Oaks Institute, a nonprofit educational retreat center dedicated to nourishing expansive imagination, bold thinking, wise action, and cross-sector solutions to the unprecedented environmental and social challenges of our time.
Chris lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). He and Kim are the proud parents of three young-adult children.
Instructions for Living: Pay Attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.