ELAINE DUNDON


Philosopher of Meaning
Author of three international best-selling books on Meaning and Innovation
Founder of the Global Meaning Institute


Elaine Dundon is leading the Meaning Movement, having founded the Global Meaning Institute and the unique study and practice of Meaning called MEANINGology®. As a Philosopher of Meaning and author of 3 bestselling books on Meaning and Innovation, Elaine is dedicated to helping people discover new meaning in their lives and work, and at a systems level to connect to the deeper meaning in organizations, communities and societies.

Elaine Dundon’s research and experience are focused on Meaning (blending psychology, applied metaphysics, and existential philosophy with a particular interest in the practical application of Greek philosophy). Her unique approach, integrating Meaning with strategy, leadership, workplace culture, and innovation has been embraced by many leading organizations and profiled in media around the world.
 
Elaine Dundon has held leadership and strategic positions in three Fortune 500 companies as well as developed the groundbreaking course on Innovation Management at the University of Toronto which centered on Meaning and the “human side of innovation” (in contrast with simply the “technical side”). Her work in philosophy and Meaning is a natural progression from her Innovation experience – encouraging deeper understanding of the world through curiosity and inquiry into the unknown.
 
She is the author of 3 best-selling books on Meaning and Innovation, available in 20+ languages: Prisoners of Our Thoughts (Self Help Book of the Year), The OPA! Way (8 Literary Awards), and The Seeds of Innovation (named a Top Ten Business Book of the Year by TheGlobe & Mail). Elaine is a designated expert and columnist on the Search for Meaning for Psychology Today Magazine.
 
Today, Elaine Dundon splits her time between Greece (a laboratory for philosophy), Canada, and the USA, focused on writing and speaking about MEANINGology® and MEANING First®.

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Alex pattakos, ph.d.

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ALEX PATTAKOS, PH.D.


Philosopher of Meaning
Author of two international best-selling books on Meaning
Founder of the Global Meaning Institute


Alex Pattakos is leading the Meaning Movement, having founded the Global Meaning Institute and the unique study and practice of Meaning called MEANINGology®. As a Philosopher of Meaning and author of 2 bestselling books on Meaning, Alex is dedicated to addressing the Crisis of Meaning in life, work, communities, and society.
 
Affectionately nicknamed “Dr. Meaning,” Alex’s unique approach integrates Meaning with political science, public policy, existential philosophy, leadership, and personal transformation.
 
Wanting to assist in broader societal transformation, Alex received his Ph.D. in Political Science and became a full-time professor of public and business administration, including graduate program head. As a thought leader, Alex also served as an advisor to governments to affect innovative policy change, including service to the White House under three U.S. presidents and to the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
 
Alex Pattakos is the author of 2 international best-selling books on Meaning, available in 20+ languages: Prisoners of Our Thoughts (written at the personal urging of world-renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl, M.D., Ph.D.), and Greek-inspired The OPA! Way (outlining how people find meaning in their everyday lives & work despite being surrounded by economic and social crises). He is a designated expert and columnist on the Search for Meaning for Psychology Today Magazine, and a columnist for the Public Administration Times on the topic of “Meaning in Government.” Most recently, Dr. Pattakos was awarded the title of Honorary Professor by the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis in Russia.
 
Today, Alex splits his time between Greece, Canada, and the USA, focused on writing, speaking, and advising about the human quest for Meaning, MEANINGology®, and MEANING First®, with a particular interest in the application of Meaning to social transformation and political thought.