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Soul at WorkOnline Dialogue Series

The Soul at Work

Exploring the Transformative Possibilities of the Professions

Thank you for participating in Meridian University's The Soul at Work dialogue series! Please check back regularly for scheduling updates.

Each occasion will feature live conversations or panel discussions, including live Q&A. You can listen to the conversation live by webcast, or you can listen to the recordings at a later date.

Presence at Work
Thursday, February 11, 2016
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. PT

Jonathan Ream in conversation with Bob Anderson, Ann Caspari, Bonnitta Roy and August Turak

We know that there is an ineffable something that sets certain moments apart. We can say that these moments are marked by a quality of presence. From these moments of presence, we often experience something of value emerging.

Thus in the context of work, presence can be viewed as a desirable quality. We have intentions for evoking and invoking this presence, yet we also know that we are required to have non-judgmental awareness of what arises.

For each of us, how do we understand and work with this notion of presence at work?

Dialogue Anchor:

Jonathan Ream, Meridian faculty, practices the cultivation of leadership through awareness based consulting, coaching and leadership development program design and delivery in a variety of settings. He has a position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), serves as Editor-in Chief of Integral Review, and is a co-founder of the Center for Transformative Leadership and of the European Center for Leadership Practice. He brings awareness based leadership development practices to his work, focusing on how the inner workings of human nature can develop leadership capacities for today’s complex challenges. http://jonathanreams.com/

Dialogue Participants:

Bob Anderson is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Circle, LLC. Bob is the creator and author of The Leadership Circle Profile, an integrated and innovative leadership development tool being used by companies worldwide. The Leadership Circle Profile is being heralded as a genuine breakthrough in the field of leadership development and Bob’s leading-edge research has put him at the forefront of the leadership development conversation worldwide. https://leadershipcircle.com/


Anne Caspari is founder of Mindshift Integral and has been accompanying transformative processes in Europe for over 15 years. Her first love, nature, taught her ‘presencing’ and got her an MSc in Environmental Planning. She shifted to working with adult development, personal coaching and leadership training. Now in Switzerland, she collaborates with likeminded partners from different countries. http://www.mindshift-integral.com


Bonnitta Roy is founder of Alderlore Insight Center, an educational organization focusing on transformation in education, business and governance. She is the program coordinator of the Masters of Consciousness Studies at the Graduate Institute, and award-winning Integral process philosopher, and associate editor at Integral Review. She is the founding associate of APP Associates, International, and is currently developing new organizational models based on principles of open participation. https://bonnitta-roy.squarespace.com/


August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for 17 years. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses. http://www.augustturak.com/

Crucibles of Change: Stewarding Liminality Processes in Organizational Life
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. PT

Gisela Wendling in conversation with David Sibbet, Bethe Hagens and Alan Briskin.

Organizational life is marked by ever-present change. Again and again we are in territory where we are no longer the old and not yet the new. The familiar or recently accomplished no longer serves us and we are confronted with not knowing but somehow a knowing from beyond our usual reference points becomes available. In this dialogue we will share insights and questions about liminal processes and how they shape our work with organizations.

Dialogue Host:

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. Meridian Faculty, is a consultant and educator in the field of human and organizational systems with a passion for applying indigenous perspective on change to the contemporary challenges we are facing in our organizations and communities. She is the Director for Global Learning and Sr. Consultant at The Grove Consultants International. www.liminalpathways.com, www.grove.com

Dialogue Participants:

David Sibbet is President of The Grove Consultants International, based in the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco. He is an acknowledged master graphic facilitator, and change consultant. He works globally in both public and private sectors and is author of Wiley’s best selling visual leadership series. www.grove.com


Bethe Hagens is part of Walden University’s PhD faculty in Public Policy & Administration. Driving passions in her work are the arts, social justice, and critical theory. She uses indigenous tools of liminality (bullroarers, story, ritual, sonopoetics) as a foundation for research into consciousness as a vortex phenomenon. http://bethe.missionignition.net


Alan Briskin, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, artist, and pioneer in the field of organizational learning. He has been working with groups and organizations for over 30 years as a coach and consultant. His books include The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, The Power of Collective Wisdom, and Bringing Your Soul to Work. www.alanbriskin.com