About Gavin Watson

Founder & Consultant

Author & Chairman, Conscious Capitalism Connecticut Chapter

Gavin Watson successfully minimized hierarchy through self organized, open space-style human operating systems in his family business, Watson Inc. In 2019,the company sold for $89 million.

As a food manufacturer, Gavin designed state-of-the-art edible film manufacturing equipment and improved upon the designs of milling, blending, and fluid bed equipment. Before joining the family food manufacturing business, Gavin earned a BA in religious studies with a minor in psychology from Fairfield University. Starting as a maintenance mechanic, he moved up through engineering and eventually became vice president of operations and company chair. He led the company’s focus on employee engagement through a self-organizing, self-directed team approach.

Passionate about saving our planet’s ecosystem at
work and at home, he began purchasing 100%
renewable electricity in 2010. He also mentored and encouraged teams running energy audits and implementing improvements that reduced electrical
consumption by 25 percent while also growing the business at the same time. In the 1990s, Gavin converted a Porsche 914 to an electric car and, later in the early 2000s, converted two diesel-powered cars to run on vegetable oil. For one of these, Gavin won most efficient biofuel vehicle and most environmentally friendly biofuel vehicle at the NESEA 2006 Tour de Sol.

Gavin is now chair of the Connecticut Chapter of
Conscious Capitalism and is an avid boat builder and a sailor. He just completed building a 19-foot double-ended yawl for cruising the Maine coast.

Gavin Watson thinking and listening

Why Conscious Businesses Outperform the Competition.

Gavin’s Book Now Available

In this groundbreaking book, Gavin Watson explores the principles of Conscious Capitalism, based on two decades of research in the fields of positive psychology, organizational psychology, and evolutionary biology.

Altruistic Business by Gavin Watson