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
"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
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
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.
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