A proud Greek-American (of Cretan heritage), Alex Pattakos Ph.D., has been described as a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher” and "Philosopher of Meaning." Also affectionately nicknamed "Dr. Meaning," he is focused on bringing meaning to life, work, and society. A former president of Renaissance Business Associates, an international nonprofit association of people committed to elevating the human spirit in the workplace, he is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, currently available in 22 languages and to be released in a 3rd, revised and expanded, edition co-authored with Elaine Dundon in January 2017. Prisoners of Our Thoughts is based on the wisdom of the world-renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl, who personally urged Dr. Pattakos to write it. A U.S Army veteran with expertise in political science, psychology, and existential philosophy, Alex has been privileged to have worked internationally with all levels of government, including service to the White House under three Presidents in the United States. Dr. Pattakos is the co-founder (with Elaine Dundon) of the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE and co-creator of MEANINGology®, the study and practice of Meaning in life, work, and society. Alex and Elaine are also the co-authors of the award-winning, Greek-inspired book on the human quest for meaning, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work. Released in English in hardcover, digital, and audiobook formats, The OPA! Way also has been released in the Greek language by Hestia (ΕΣΤΙΑ) Publishers & Booksellers, the oldest (since 1885) and most respected publisher in Greece!
Elaine Dundon is the co-founder of the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE and co-creator of MEANINGology®, the study and practice of Meaning in life, work, and society. Following the completion of her MBA degree, Elaine spent 13 years in Brand Management, including at Procter & Gamble. Expanding her interest to Innovation Management, Elaine founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc. (1996), designed and taught a groundbreaking course on Innovation Management at the University of Toronto (2000+), and authored an international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation. As her work in Innovation Management evolved, her focus shifted to the "Human Side of Innovation" and specifically, Meaning, which her experience and research have shown is the key source of success. Now in her role at the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE, and as co-author of both the 3rd edition of Prisoners of Our Thoughts and the award-winning, Greek-inspired book on the human quest for meaning, The OPA! Way*, Elaine is leading the Meaning Movement and helping others truly "Live & Work with Joy & Meaning."
*The OPA! Way® is a unique mindset, lifestyle, and practical system for “Living & Working with Joy & Meaning.” It builds on the wisdom of Greek philosophy, mythology, and traditional village life, along with the authors’ extensive experience in the emerging topic of Meaning. The OPA! Way is now available worldwide in hardcover, digital/ebook, and audiobook formats from your favorite bookseller.