At a time in our history where it is impossible to go a single day without being torn to choose between opposing forces, we need leaders who inspire hope, not fear; leaders who promote unity, not division; and leaders who recognize what binds is far greater than what divides.
The world has entered a new era that has been thrust upon us and it is a great awakening. A blessing in disguise.
It requires us to imagine a new life, embrace a new way, and embark on a new journey that balances people, profits, society, and planet.
This transformation requires a new breed of leader; one who restores values and virtues, rekindles the human spirit, stands up, and steps into the calling to blaze a new way forward.
Our vision is to Bridge the Divide in 555. In 5 years we will groom 50,000 next generation social entrepreneurs and create $500 million in Economic Value Creation before the end of the decade. Closing the Divide means we will move the needle to close what MIT Professor Dr. C. Otto Scharmer discussed in Theory U, the six Great Divides: Social, Political, Ecological, Economic, Corporate, and Spiritual.
Our mission is to align the mind and heart, the ego and the soul, and it is the most important mission in one’s life. In so doing, we create leaders who are not only authentic and congruent, but bold. This mission requires us to take our future Leaders on the hero’s journey, expand their awareness, tame their dragon, and unleash their power to become a fully ‘integrated’ person.
Philosophy is the love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. It involves the investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods. Finally, it can be considered the critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs. The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.
Our philosophy embraces a combination of values, virtues, universal laws, and principles that shape a life, organization, and nation. It is the rock upon which we stand. We share a core set of guiding principles and beliefs, including:
- What binds is greater than what divides.
- The battle is between our mind and soul; our thoughts, which create our world.
- Our minds are clouded with faulty, limiting, and outdated programs that make us suffer.
- We are a being of infinite potential.
- We all have invisible gifts to see, here, feel, and know and create wonders.
- Separation is an illusion.
- We have many voices, but are singing one song.
- We are more than our bodies or titles.
- Life is not a destination called retirement.
- Morals, ethics, integrity, and trust are essential to the foundation of society.
"Jonathan D. (JD) Messinger is the founder of the institute. He a #1 best selling author, corporate visionary, inspirational speaker, and spiritual mentor. He began life as a fireman and went on to become CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting, South East Asia, and one of 37 Distinguished Graduates from the United States Naval Academy. JD is a former nuclear submarine officer and the crisis response leader who helped supervise the Valdez oil spill cleanup."