Roy Craft has had a long and varied career from technical and retail fields to international corporate business to non-profit and higher education. He has simultaneously had strong avocational interests in positive peace, sustainability, education and making. Craft is President of GroupSpace LLC.
Previously Craft led the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, a 134-year-old Atlanta based non-profit, which played a major role in Atlanta’s response to Hurricane Katrina. During the last ten years in higher education, first at Morehouse College and then at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Craft developed programs in sustainability, vocational discernment, leadership development, and furthering STEM education in Georgia K-12 schools. In recent years he has served as one of the organizers of Maker Faire Atlanta.
Roy draws on a wealth of experience from a career as an executive at an international automobile manufacturer, leading large scale change initiatives in business process integration and distribution network alignment in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Roy has been an internal and external consultant in strategic planning, fund raising, market development, and organizational development for many corporate, non-profit and community organizations. His educational background includes an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from West Virginia University, where he also did Ph.D. studies in Technology Education.
Roy is a repeat visitor to the show – we previously met him in Episode 38, Roy Craft: Power and Love and more recently in Show #47 Roy Craft: Conversations of Consequence Over Time. In today’s conversation he brought us up to date with developments in his life and career, and we talked about the following:
Lessons from the Show
Roy talked to us about his developing life and career and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- The importance of developing an integrated life as opposed to a balanced life, and how the Millennial generation is showing us the way to do this;
- The extent to which we have divisions and segmentation in our society which we accept as normal today, but which in an historical context have not been so….such as the idea that we need to educate differently for the sciences and the arts;
- We need to embrace change and dynamism. Diversity is not enough, but it is a start; disruption is not the goal but it’s a beginning.
- We can train ourselves in spontaneity and bring this into our lives to create something new, something happy, something wonderful and fulfilling of our lives.
You can contact Roy by email at email@example.com, and you can listen to his previous #NewBusinessMindset conversations at with Roy on “Power and Love,” and “Conversations of Consequence Over Time”, and you can also listen to an interview with Todd about the Maker Movement which is so important to Roy.
This is episode # 106