John D. Ivanko (born October 1, 1966 in Michigan) is an author, entrepreneur, and writer. He is the co-owner and innkeeper of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, a small business completely powered by wind and solar energy generated on site. He co-authored Farmstead Chef, the award-winning ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance with his wife, Lisa Kivirist, all published by New Society Publishers. He is also the co-author, with Maya Ajmera, of six award-winning children's books from Charlesbridge Publishers, including To Be a Kid, To Be An Artist and Be My Neighbor. A portion of the proceeds for the children's books benefit the Global Fund for Children.
Early Life and Education
Raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, Ivanko graduated Detroit Country Day School. He received his Masters of Science in Leisure Studies from the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management at the Pennsylvania State University and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (1989).
Ivanko started out working at Leo Burnet Advertising, USA, in Chicago for just under three years before he departed on April 1, 1992, to travel around the world for a year, taking photographs and keeping notes on the places he visited and people he met.
In 1997, Ivanko started Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, a two-bedroom inn created on a 5.5-acre farm in Browntown, Wisconsin, that he and his wife farm organically and is focused on sustainability. The Inn received the 2004 Energy Star Small Business Network Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Vegetarian breakfasts are vegetarian and prepared mostly with ingredients sourced on site.
John D. Ivanko is married to Lisa C. Kivirist. Together they operate Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. With Lisa Kivirst, John Ivanko co-authored Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. He's also the co-author with Maya Ajmera, of six multicultural children's books, most award-winning and all featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- The Least Imperfect Path: A Global Journal for the Future By John D. Ivanko. Paradigm Press 1996.
- Come Out and Play By Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge 2001.
- To be a Kid By Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge 2001.
- Back to School By Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge 2001.
- Animal Friends By Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge 2002.
- Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life By John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. New Society 2004.
- To be an Artist By Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge 2004.
- Be My Neighbor By Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. Charlesbridge 2004.
- Edible Earth: Savoring the Good Life with Vegetarian Recipes from Inn Serendipity By John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. Paradigm Press 2008.
- ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profits By John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. New Society 2008.
- Farmstead Chef By John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. New Society 2011.
Interviews and Speeches
- John Ivanko Interview with Larry Meiller on Wisconsin Public Radio, 4/2/2009
- John Ivanko public presentation about his book ECOpreneuring (with life, Lisa Kivirist) at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival, filmed by Wisconsin Public Television
- John Ivanko interview for Voice America, Holistic Living with Tina Marie
- John Ivanko interview on KOPN Radio, Food Sleuth with Melinda Hemmelgarn, RD, 11/20/09 (podcast number 75)
- John Ivanko radio interview on WMNF 88.5 fm with Jon Butts on 3/9/2009.
- John Ivanko radio interview for "Home Power Hour with Solar Jim and Sustainable Jack" on WCOM, 103.5 FM on 6/25/2008
- Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast and Farm website
- Farmstead Chef - website about the book of the same title
- ECOpreneuring - website about the book of the same title
- Rural Renaissance - website about the book of the same title
- "Energy Star Business Network Awards". United State Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Axiom Book Awards". Independent Publisher. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Awards for Global Fund for Children Books". Global Fund for Children. Global Fund for Children. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "Charlesbridge Publishers". Charlesbridge Publishers. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Global Fund for Children". Global Fund for Children. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- Michigan Today. Summer 2004 http://michigantoday.umich.edu/04/Sum04/story.html?rural. Retrieved 22 June 2011. Missing or empty
- Bolster, Mary. "Green Acres". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Living Green". Vegetarian Times. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
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- Natural Home and Garden. January 2005 http://www.naturalhomeandgarden.com/basic.aspx?id=1230. Retrieved 22 June 2011. Missing or empty
- "New Society Publishers". New Society Publishers. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- Martell, Chris (March 22, 2009). "Experiment of Green". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Oprah's Angel Network". Oprah's Angel Network. Oprah's Angel Network. Retrieved 12 July 2011.