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Beginnings

Beginnings

Diana’s interest in transforming the way we think, work, and live goes back to the 1960s when, like many others of that time, she first took stock of the world as it was and imagined what it might be.

  • In 1969, Diana began her career as a community organizer and journalist. She co-founded the Help Program in Boston’s South End, helped launch the feminist paper Sister Courage, volunteered at the Boston Community Schools, and wrote for a well-regarded community newspaper in Newton.
  • After training with her long-term collaborator, David Kantor, at the Cambridge Family Institute in the 1970s, she transitioned to work as a family therapist at the groundbreaking, nationally recognized West-Ros-Park Mental Health Center.
  • While working toward her doctoral degree at Harvard, Diana first saw the potential of organizations to effect significant change and launched Action Design with her graduate school classmates, Robert Putnam and Phil McArthur.
Family | Interests

Diana is married to Bruce Patton, co-author of Getting to Yes and Difficult Conversations. In their free time, the two can be found outdoors, skiing, biking, and playing tennis; visiting with their much-loved nieces, nephews, and godchildren; or playing with their dog Scout Carter McLain, who thinks she’s a cat, and their cats, Lucky Bear and Smokey Bear, who think they are dogs.


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