The Global Meaning Institute is a world leader in helping people discover 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 driver for and leads to higher levels of engagement & resilience, health & well-being, performance & innovation. They have developed a unique framework, as well as tools and techniques, for understanding Meaning.

Their services are divided into 3 categories:


The field of Innovation Management has evolved over the last few decades. In 1995, Elaine Dundon founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc. and then collaborated with Alex Pattakos to develop the Innovation Systems Architecture model and assessment for Teams and Organizations, and to teach the groundbreaking course on Innovation Management at the University of Toronto. This was the first course to focus on the "human side of innovation," as opposed to technology as the driver of innovation. Elaine's bestselling book, The Seeds of Innovation, ranked among the top 10 business books of the year when it launched in 2002.

Yet, despite the evolution of the Innovation Management field, many leaders still struggle lead their organization's innovation agenda. Clearly, a paradigm shift is needed.

Innovating with Meaning represents this paradigm shift. Most people believe that innovation begins with an idea. The founders of the Global Meaning Institute believe that innovation begins with the innovator. Building on existential psychology and philosophy, they have assisted a wide variety of outstanding individuals and organizations (across sectors and industries) to embrace the "human side of innovation" to build an innovation culture, to see their challenges in a new light, and to reframe their opportunities in a larger context. Their overall goal is for you to learn how Innovation driven by Meaning is the new way to create and sustain value for yourself, your work, your organization, and society.


An increasing number of people are questioning the meaning of their lives and work. They want to know that their lives and work truly matter and that they are making a positive and meaningful difference -- to themselves, for others, and for the larger community or society. As pioneers in the Meaning Revolution, including the Search for Meaning at Work, and thought leaders in the field of Innovation Management, Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon have created a unique approach that goes beyond the concept of "purpose" to the higher level of Meaning as the key driver for increasing engagement, resilience, and performance. Their international bestselling books on Meaning, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work and The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work, provide further insight into how everyone can challenge their thinking and reframe their work to achieve greater success.


There is a crisis of meaning in our population, particularly acute for people 50+. In many nations, a large percentage of the population retires from their full-time work between the ages of 60 to 65. With average life expectancies rising, this results in people adrift for 20 to 30 years, with little sense of who they are, where they are going, and what they should do with their time.

It's time for a new approach to living longer and better, based on Meaning. The Global Meaning Institute has been a pioneer in applying existential psychology and philosophical principles of Meaning and Innovative Thinking to help people thrive during their 50+ years, as well as help organizations interested in maximizing their product/service/program's impact with the 50+ age group, all based on the Search for Meaning 50+.

Founders of the Global Meaning Institute: Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon are international bestselling authors and thought leaders with years of experience in meaning, personal transformation, leadership, innovation management, strategy, business, and government. Their goal is to take the complex topic of Meaning, demystify it, and make it more accessible so that you can find more meaning in your everyday life and work. Ultimately, their mission is "to help people succeed and thrive through meaning." See Founders & Leaders for more information.

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