Project NatureConnect
Leadership Development and Training Director

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Program Founder for Nature-Connected Leadership Training and Development

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, and identified as a Maverick Genius, Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. is a volunteer Director of the Institute of Global Education, where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University, Akamai University and West Coast University.

Dr. Cohen's educational leadership training and development skills have founded sensory environmental and educational leadership programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University (Audubon Expedition Institute). He conceived the National Audubon International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism," and is the award winning author of many books The Web of Life Imperative, Reconnecting With Nature, Einstein's World, and How Nature Works. A cited author of numerous articles, he is an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs for the U.S. National Park Service and Elderhostel on San Juan Island, Washington.


A leadership quote from Dr. Cohen.

"How many of us in educational leadership development and training are aware that a lilac in front of a blue background appears red while the same lilac in front of a red background appears blue?

It is important that the quality of our leadership styles and skills take this phenomenon into account. The phenomenon demonstrates that to register something accurately and then describe it and relate to it appropriately, our leadership qualities must include the whole scene, including the background.

As world leaders, when we look at industrial society with this phenomenon in mind, we see that industrial society functions exceedingly well in its ability to produce goods, services and profits. However, it is destructive and dysfunctional with respect to supporting the well-being of human nervous systems and ecosystems.

The mentality and psyche we use in our leadership skills and styles determines how we choose to behave. Our way of life is socially and environmentally dysfunctional because, with respect to nature, the "industrial" way we think unnecessarily stresses injures or kills natural systems, including those in us.

Our mind is a natural system and leadership training and development in industrial society has injuriously captured and stressed it. For this reason, our thinking seldom leads, promotes or sustains balanced relationships with natural systems within and about us.

We suffer our troubles because our consciousness and thinking are our destiny and educational leadership has made them sick. The well-being of the world is at risk until world leadership learns to use a potent antidote to help us cure our mental dysfunction and its adverse effects personal and global effects.

The antidote is readily available to those leaders whose quality includes caring about and wanting to help others learn to use the antidote. Learning to use it should be part of all educational leadership training and development.

We must respond to the many leadership quotes that have defined this problem but have not produced a process that addresses it.

Select here for a tool that helps us learn and teach how to supportively think in balance with natural systems.

Visit the personal leadership and development page of Dr. Cohen that shares his full particulars, his photograph and a short introduction from him.

CONTACT: 360-378-6313, Pacific Time Zone


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