Our purpose is to inspire & empower individuals and organizations to embrace change and create sustained transformation.
The World of WDHB
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Founded in 1989, in the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, WDHB has evolved to become a small but truly global company: In 2010, WDHB opened an office in Zürich, Switzerland, to be closer to European clients. Offices in Singapore and Paris have been added in 2014 and 2017. Shanghai followed in 2019.
We have delivered more than 600 bespoke programs, and our network of partners and contributors spans 5 continents.
The name WDHB comes from a comic strip
published in the New Yorker in 1987
The name WDHB comes from a comic strip published in the New Yorker in 1987
When WDHB was founded in 1989, the term Learning Expedition was coined. This revolutionized the world of experiential learning – it is now a reference in the repertoire of contemporary strategic learning techniques.
Being based in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time, WDHB was witness to the start of the commercial internet in 1995 and the subsequent boom of the Silicon Valley as the world’s most robust innovation ecosystem.
In the early 2000s, WDHB was among the first to recognize the shift of innovation power to other hotspots around the world – in the developed and the developing world. We diversified our destinations – including China.
The economic downturn brought many organizations close to breaking and led a whole generation to refocus on purpose, social responsibility and the importance of wellbeing at work – a huge impact on programs.
Bringing our thinking global has been the purpose of our international expansion, opening offices in the DACH region in 2012, in APAC in 2013, Latin America in 2015 and coming home to our roots in Paris in 2017.
Today, many decision-makers have realized that we are on the cusp of a 4th Industrial Revolution, a shift that will fundamentally transform the way businesses and organizations behave, interact and wish to be lead.
WDHB turned thirty years old in 2019 and celebrated this joyous event with the publication of WDHB Lab's first report and an event gathering alumni, partners and clients in Paris.
After weathering the burst of the .com-bubble and the Global Financial Crisis, all physical expeditions, events and programs come to a complete halt during the Covid-19 pandemic. WDHB expands to virtual formats and advisory services.