The Larger Context began in Burlington, Vermont in 1988 as a non-profit dedicated to advancing socially responsible careers. With public, private, and nonprofit partners, we created the Alternative Careers Forum to stimulate conversations about "careers with a conscience."

Today, we nurture the personal, social, intellectual, career, and leadership growth and maturity of individuals to prepare them for lifelong prominent roles in the classroom, in organizations, and in community.

 Success, in the broadest sense, requires a mind and a heart that respond to social and environmental challenges in meaningful ways. The Larger Context views the choice of work as an ethical choice, recognizing a relationship between our actions and their impact on the world. Education informs that ethical choice. We recommend International education for those who seek the broadest scale of impact.


Hi! I’m Joe. I’m a dad, counselor, educator, learner, and unshakeable believer in the amazing talent and goodness that lives inside every individual.

I’ve always been curious about how people get to be the way they are. How people grow from their teens through their eduction years to become successful in their lives and in society.  How they face down obstacles that could block the road to a good life. And, how they get close to doing their absolute best.

My entire career has focused on working for and with youth and adults to help them figure out important next steps in their lives. When I was a bank management trainee straight out of college, I sprinted to my car at the end of the work day to go help teens learn about business or play softball or make music. I couldn’t wait to be involved in people getting better at something they love. So, I became a counselor and worked in schools overseas and in the US, and in programs that advance the education and careers of youth and adults. 

I've always wondered - What is the missing support that a person requires to achieve something extraordinary, which is actually within their reach? I want to help young people better understand and express their strengths, clarify their dreams, and take concrete steps to make those dreams come true. The Larger Context exists for that purpose.