Fabian Pfortmüller is a Swiss social entrepreneur and community builder in NYC.
Fabian runs COMMUNITY, a strategic advisory firm that helps organizations understand and build authentic communities. Fabian is the co-author of the Community Canvas, an open-source framework to support community builders across the globe. Fabian is also currently an Innovator in Residence for the Kauffman Foundation.
Most recently Fabian co-founded Holstee, a lifestyle brand that provides tools and inspiration for a meaningful life. The organization’s manifesto (The Holstee Manifesto) has been shared over 120 million times online and was described by the Washington Post as "the new just do it". In the past, Fabian co-founded Sandbox, a global community of entrepreneurial minds under 30, with 1200 active members in 40+ hubs across the world.
Fabian loves NPR and has helped build and co-lead NPR's Generation Listen Initiative. He is a frequent speaker at events and organizations around the world on the topic of building communities, authentic brand, values driven organizations and entrepreneurship. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and has been recognized as “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by the Diplomatic Courier in 2011.
Nobody knows how Fabian made it through school, but somehow he has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University.