Pondering Leadership, Writing, and the Beauty of Life’s Voyage | GC14

In 1975, William “Bill” McGinnis wrote the New York Times Bestseller, “Whitewater Rafting,” which has become the bible of boating wild rivers. After that, Bill created Whitewater Voyages, one of the most successful rafting companies on earth. It was founded on a guiding style that focused on connection to oneself, others, and the world around us. Then Bill retired from outfitting and became an acclaimed thriller novelist. Today, among other things, the proteges and alumni of Whitewater Voyages lead large multinational corporations, are highly regarded elected officials, direct critical global non-profit organizations, and run entire school districts. This Good Change episode chronicles a life well lived and illustrates the ability of one person to manifest a community of changemakers. This is Bill’s legacy.


In this episode, learn about the importance of connectedness and staying in the moment; why opening your eyes to beauty produces magic; how leadership is best when it is welcoming, compassionate, and fosters relationships founded in caring about yourself, others, and the world around you; that positive brings out the positive; how adventure thriller novels can reflect and create a world of positive possibility; and why each individual’s gift to the universe is needed to bring about good change.



About the Guest: A California native with a Master’s in English literature, Bill McGinnis has written numerous books and created Whitewater Voyages, an industry-leading river rafting company. Whitewater Rafting, The Guide’s Guide, and The Guide’s Guide Augmented all went into multiple printings, are read worldwide, and are considered bibles of river rafting and professional whitewater guiding. McGinnis’s other works include Sailing the Greek Islands, Whitewater: A Thriller, Dancing with Cyclops and the just released, Cyclops Conspiracy.

Bill grew up roaming the hills and creeks of the East Bay, and exploring San Francisco Bay by raft, canoe and sailboat. In addition to writing, sailing and rafting, McGinnis’s passions include hiking, biking, woodworking, and exploring new paths to adventure, friendship and growth. Bill lives beside San Pablo Creek in El Sobrante, a town in Contra Costa County across the Bay from San Francisco.












About the Host: Ken Streater shares eye-opening and heartening global experiences that reflect our shared dreams and concerns. A former international river guide and adventure travel outfitter who has worked and played in 50 countries, Alaskan bush teacher turned social good entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, bestselling author, and keynote speaker, Ken has seen first-hand how common ground blooms greater good. From angry hippo showdowns to nuclear missile attacks, from billionaire shenanigans to Siberian soccer wars to quiet conversations with everyday heroes, these and other interactions inspire him to create good change.


Ken’s just released #1 Amazon international bestselling book, Be the Good: Becoming a Force for a Better World, is receiving rave reviews from movement leaders and readers alike. His podcast, Good Change: Conversations About Making a World of Difference is “where movement makers, industry leaders, visionaries, voices of hope, and everyday heroes gather to share ideas, laugh, and inspire action for greater good.”











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Ken Streater

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Ken Streater is a teller of moving human endeavor and community achievement stories. He is an international river guide, best-selling author, social good entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. At the core of his offerings is this idea: What if you could do more than wish things could change? What if you had a way to meaningfully improve your life and the world around you by helping change how people see and treat each other? As described by Maggie Doyne, CNN Hero of the Year and New York Times' Best-Selling Author, "Ken Streater cuts through the obstacles to make clear how each one of us can be a force for good every day in the communities in which we live. It's a reminder that each of us has an opportunity--and a responsibility--to focus on what's really important."

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