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.

Our 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.

Our Meaning Centric Innovation/Leadership and MEANINGology® services include:

  • capacity-building education programs/workshops
  • leading-edge assessments/tests
  • strategic advising & mentoring
  • project-specific Meaning Labs, and
  • speaking

(MEANINGology® is the study and practice of Meaning in life, work, and society.)

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.


  • More Global Impact: Dr. Alex Pattakos has been invited to be a keynote speaker ("Logotherapy Unchained: Multidisciplinary Applications of Viktor Frankl's Principles at Work") at the International Conference on Logotherapy sponsored by the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis in Moscow, Russia, on October 14-15, 2017.
  • 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.

What's New

Best-selling books

  • Dr. Alex Pattakos has been asked to share his wisdom through a new bi-weekly blog, "The Meaningful Life," for Psychology Today magazine. This is the only blog on Psychology Today dedicated to Meaning. It will serve as a platform to share lessons from the Global Meaning Institute's research and practical experience in Meaning and MEANINGology®, as well as key insights from the world-renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, M.D., Ph.D.