Thematic Track: Inner Ecology, Collective Psyche and Social Transformation
Building a Bridge of Capability: Professional Paths to Engaging Wholeness
We live amidst accelerating environmental and social degradation as well as intensifying social and technological complexity. In response to these challenges, transformative initiatives are emerging and converging all around the globe.
Many of us are are called to lives of sacred purpose where we seek to connect professional livelihood with personal meaning and passion. However, there is a widening gap between the challenges of complexity and our individual and collective capabilities.
Our global circumstances require practitioners involved in transformation and leadership to develop a unique ecology of competencies that is complex enough for the requirements of the whole.
Those of us who are called to engage the whole-person whole-system issues and challenges of our time in our professional practice are faced with making powerful choices regarding our own development and education. To realize our potential for passionate and socially transformative livelihood, it is imperative that we close this gap by building a bridge of capability.
Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University in the San Francisco Bay Area which is dedicated to educating whole-person whole-system practitioners. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard, and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and complexity capability. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. He is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.