As a writer and editor, I focus on stories that matter—stories with an environmental, social, or human focus that engage people in making the world a better place. I have worked with a range of organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Participant Media, Mother Jones magazine, and Sierra Club Books.
In 2015, my husband, Adam, and I left our jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area and made a long-planned move to our vineyard in Australia, which we began developing in 2005.
For 10 months of the year, we live just outside Australia’s Grampians National Park, where we are raising our 8-year-old twins, writing, and making wine. We’ve been known to play hooky from school and work to rock climb, hike, and mountain bike. Just as it starts to get hot in Australia, we decamp for the Oregon Cascades to ski, trail run, and hang out with American friends and family in Bend, Oregon. You’ll probably run into us at Crux.
My most recent adventure in the world of full-time work was from 2015-17, as Amazon’s first director of social responsibility. My 2014 book, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, chronicles my career in corporate social responsibility and weaves in the stories of my peers in other companies.
I’ve delivered a TED talk, worked with the United Nations, taught business and human rights at Columbia University, and written for many publications. (A few of my favorites: “The Year I Learned to Quit” for The New York Times, “Can Business of Any Size Be Good?” for Current Affairs, “Is The MSW The New MBA?” for Fast Company, and my series for The Atlantic on corporate change-makers. More at christinebader.com.)
For 2018-19, I moved with my husband and 6-year-old twins to Indonesia to enroll our kids at the Green School, searching for community and a way of life that is sustainable in every dimension. This is a work-in-progress.
This project was born when we discovered we were both experimenting with ways to build work around life rather than building a life around work. We began to wonder: What would it take to fix work so it works for everyone?
We are not people who “have it all,” and we don’t believe in five-step formulas for success. We're living this experiment ourselves, asking the big questions in our own lives, and exploring these issues through deep reporting.
Our decades of experience in corporate responsibility and journalism have shown us the best and the worst of business and work. We believe work is a powerful arena for individuals to express their best selves, and for organizations to harness people and resources to achieve amazing things. (The opposite can be true as well.) Work is where business, society, culture, and politics intersect—and by fixing work, we believe it’s possible to fix a whole lot more.