Discover why Meaning is emerging as the next hot topic

in personal, organizational, and societal transformation.

The Global Meaning Institute is a world leader helping people discover new Meaning in their lives, work, communities, and societies so that they can achieve their full potential.

Their research, bestselling books, and practical experience show that Meaning is the key driver for and leads to higher levels of engagement & resilience, health & well-being, performance & innovation.

They have developed a unique framework for studying and understanding Meaning called MEANINGology®. This framework, along with practical tools and techniques, lays the groundwork for the MEANING First programs and services, including:

   1. MEANING First Programs/Workshops

  •    MEANING First Life
  •    MEANING First Work
  •    MEANING First Teams and Organizations
  •    MEANING First: Creating the Government Workplace of the Future

   2. MEANING First Innovation Programs

  •    MEANING First: Building a Culture of Innovation
  •    MEANING First: Developing Skills for Innovation

   3. MEANING First Leadership Program

   4. MEANING First Keynote Speaking

   5. MEANINGology® TESTS/Assessments

  •    MEANINGology® Life Meaning Test
  •    MEANINGology® Work Meaning Test
  •    MEANINGology® Team & Organization Meaning Test
  •    MEANING First: Building a Culture of Innovation Assessment
  •    MEANING First: Developing Skills for Innovation Assessment

   6. MEANING First Strategic Advising

See below for information on the Founders & Leaders, Bestselling Books, Clients, and What's New.

founders & Leaders

Sample list of some of the world's best businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that have benefited from our Meaning and Innovation services:

  • Corporate/Business: ADP, Bank of America, BBDO Advertising, Bell Mobility, Cargill, Campbell Soup Company, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Citigroup, Fidelity Investments, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Hewlett-Packard Company, Kraft, Masterfoods/Mars, Molson Breweries, New York & Company, Oracle, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Timberland, Vancity Credit Union...

  • Healthcare: AstraZeneca, Bausch & Lomb, Bristol Myers Squibb, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Leaders Association of British Columbia, The Mayo Clinic, Ontario Ministry of Health, Summa Health System, Tyco Healthcare, US Food & Drug Administration, VHA...

  • Government: Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Curacao Department of Economic Affairs, City of Mississauga, Ontario Public Service, Singapore Civil Service College, The Port of Toronto, USDA Forest Service...

  • Nonprofit/Associations: American Society for Public Administration, American Society for Quality, American Society for Training and Development, The Brookings Institution, Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher Education, The Conference Board, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Human Resources Professionals Association (Canada), Institute of American Indian Arts, Next Generation Economy, The Pennsylvania State University, Ringling School of Art and Design, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Toronto Society of Financial Analysts/Association of Investment Management and Research, University of Toronto Innovations Foundation, Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YPO), Young Presidents' Organization/World Presidents' Organization, The Laurier Institute...

  • Individuals: (Confidential)

Prisoners of Our Thoughts -- international bestselling book on the human quest for meaning (22+ languages) incorporating the wisdom of the world-renowned psychiatrist and existential philosopher, Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, who personally urged Dr. Pattakos to write it. Click here for more information about Prisoners of Our Thoughts.

The OPA! Way -- award-winning book on living and working with meaning that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture. Click here for more information about The OPA! Way.

The Seeds of Innovation -- international bestseller that focuses on the three skill sets needed for innovative thinking (creative thinking, strategic thinking, transformational thinking) in addition to organizational innovation. Click here for more information about The Seeds of Innovation.

elaine dundon, mba


Alex pattakos, ph.d.


Click here for more information about the Founders and Leaders.


  • Dr. Alex Pattakos is a columnist for PA TIMES Online, a premier source of public administration and public policy thought leadership. His column focuses on the topic of "Meaning in Government" and how the search for meaning influences the discipline and practice of public administration. PA TIMES is the flagship magazine of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the largest and most prominent professional association dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration.

What's New

Best-selling books

  • Elaine Dundon shares her wisdom and experience through a featured column, "The Search for Meaning After Age 50: Innovating Life and Looking Forward," for Psychology Today magazine. Her column is unique not only because it focuses on a target audience of individuals who are 50+ but also because it integrates Elaine's expertise in innovation with her extensive background in Meaning and MEANINGology®.  Subscribe to Elaine's blog now!


  • Both Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon are honored to have been invited to be featured speakers at the International Viktor Frankl Congress of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, co-organized by the Viktor Frankl Institute, Vienna, Austria, and the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, August 28 — September 1, 2018, in Moscow, Russia. Importantly, this will be the first time that the Viktor Frankl Congress has been held outside of Vienna, Austria.
  • Elaine Dundon and Dr. Alex Pattakos with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Representative of Her Majesty the Queen, receiving Distinguished Service Awards from the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada for their scientific work, academic achievements, and contributions to Canada & the international community.
  • Dr. Alex Pattakos shares his wisdom through a bi-weekly blog, "The Meaningful Life," for Psychology Today magazine. His column serves as a platform to share lessons from the Global Meaning Institute's engaged scholarship in Meaning and MEANINGology®, as well as key insights from the world-renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Dr. Alex Pattakos was awarded the title of Honorary Professor by the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis in Moscow, Russia, on April 9, 2018. He joins the likes of such distinguished thought leaders as Alexander Batthyany, Eleonore Frankl (Viktor Frankl's beloved wife), Stanislav Grof, David Guttmann, Elisabeth Lukas, Arnold Mindell, Paul Wong, and Irwin Yalom. In April, he also conducted a seminar, "Discovering Meaning in Life, Work, and Society," at the Institute and was a keynote speaker, "Perennial Greek Insights into the Search for Meaning in Life," at the XXIII International Symposium, "Psychological Problems of Finding Meaning in Life," at the Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, the oldest and largest research institute in Russia.