Thought Leaders

The Garrison Institute has the honor of meeting with many of today's leading figures in the fields of organizational development, philosophy, contemplation and the cognitive sciences. Here are interviews with, and presentations by, contemporary visionaries in their respected fields.


Potential-Project-interview-240 The Potential Project's Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter describe how they work with big companies like McKinsey, American Express and General Electric to implement workplace mindfulness, and how it leads to organizational and social change.
Sharon-Salzberg-Happiness-240 Sharon Salzberg discusses insights from her new book, Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, January, 2014 at ABC Carpet & Home, New York, New York. Presented by the Garrison Institute and ABC Carpet & Home.
Peter Senge-240 In his keynote presentation at the 2013 Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium, leading organizational thinker Peter Senge offers a distillation of his insights into the most important factors in achieving meaningful change for the environment or in any sphere of life.
goleman240 At a December 1st, 2011 Garrison Institute luncheon in New York City, psychologist Daniel Goleman speaks about his new book "Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence", and key leadership qualities - such as self awareness, empathy, and systems awareness - that track with contemplative strengths.


Richard Davidson, Director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience & the Waisman Lab for Brain Imaging & Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychology Department, discusses how the scientific study of contemplative practices has advanced in recent decades.



Evan Thompson, Professor of Philosopy at the University of Toronto, discusses neurophenomenology, the nature of consciousness, and Mind and Life's collaborations among western philosophers, phenomenologists, Buddhist contemplative scholars, neuroscientists and others in the study of consciousness.



During the June, 2011 Buddhist Teachers Council, Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Wetzel and Norman Fischer sit down to discuss the state of Buddhism in the West today.


At a March 1st, 2011 Garrison Institute luncheon in New York City, environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken discusses the compounding effects of excessive greenhouse gas emissions on an increasingly volatile period of earth’s existence.

petersenge150 Peter Senge discusses his personal exposure to and ongoing exploration of contemplation as well as the application of contemplative practice on organizational wellbeing.


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