Nicknamed “Dr. Meaning” @drmeaning; Cofounder, GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE (www.globalmeaninginstitute.com); author, keynote speaker, professor, @theopaway
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., aka "Dr. Meaning," is a Founder of the Global Meaning Institute. His unique background bridges political science, public policy, and innovation management, along with existential philosophy, psychology, and meaning. Wanting to change the system and 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. In addition to preparing students to become the new vanguard -- leaders more aware of the greater need for Meaning throughout society -- Alex also served as an advisor to governments to affect 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. A prolific author, he has written two international bestselling books on the human quest for Meaning, "The OPA! Way," inspired by Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture, and "Prisoners of Our Thoughts," written at the personal urging of the world-renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl (author of the classic bestseller, "Man's Search for Meaning"). Now, Alex has founded the Global Meaning Institute "to help people discover new meaning in their lives and work, and at a systems level, connect to the deeper meaning in organizations, communities, and societies." He continues to spread the inspirational message of Meaning around the world through his keynote speaking, teaching, writing, and advising/consulting. Most recently, he was named an Honorary Professor at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis (http://inpsycho.ru/), in Moscow, Russia.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS