Alison Goldsworthy

Lecturer, Organizational Behavior

Alison Goldsworthy

Lecturer in Management

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Alison Goldsworthy is President at Accord and has been a political adviser and campaigner for more than twenty years. In her native UK, Ali was Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats whilst they were in Government, and at Which? (the UK’s Consumer Association), she led the team that built the world’s fastest growing consumer movement. Joining Which? from other non-profits, she twice won the not-for-profit Campaign of the Year. Ali keeps her hand in the campaigning sector as vice chair of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.

Ali deployed her background in politics and movement building whilst a Sloan fellow at Stanford, co-creating its first depolarization course. The concepts from that course led to the bestselling book Poles Apart, which Ali co-authored. She is a lecturer and senior research associate at The Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge and has written for the Telegraph, Independent, New Statesman, The Times, and Financial Times. Ali fronts the occasional BBC Radio Show.

Ali holds an MSx from Stanford (2017) and a BSc from the University of Bath (2005)

Academic Degrees

  • MSx, Stanford GSB, 2017
  • BSc, University of Bath, 2005

Academic Appointments

  • Senior Research Associate, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College Cambridge



Alexandra Chesterfield, Alison Goldsworthy, Laura Osborne
Penguin Books UK
December 9, 2021

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