Crossing over the Bridge Seventy-One (71) in the Series Richard Barrett FRSA Founder and Chairman Barrett Values Centre & Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey Founders Wisdom at Work

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Original broadcast October 5, 2014

Crossing over the Bridge Seventy-One (71) in the Series Richard Barrett FRSA Founder and Chairman Barrett Values Centre & Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey Founders Wisdom at Work


Richard Barrett (FRSA) is an author, speaker and social commentator on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Barrett Values Centre and an internationally recognized thought leader on values, culture and leadership. He is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, Member of the Wisdom Council of the Centre for World Spirituality, Honorary Board Member of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank. He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) which have been used to support more than 5,000 organizations in 60 different countries on their transformational journeys. To date, more than 4,000 change agents and consultants have been trained by the Barrett Values Centre to use the Cultural Transformation Tools in over 50 countries. Over the past ten years, Richard Barrett has been called upon to support the leaders of major national and multinational organisations in Australia, South Africa, Canada, UK, USA and Sweden. The focus of this work has been on helping the leaders of these organisations to improve the performance of their organisations by building values-driven cultures.

From 2007, up to the present, Richard has spearheaded the Barrett Values Centre’s work in mapping the values of over twenty nations. These include: Australia, Belgium, Bhutan, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Richard has been a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change, leadership course run by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values-based Leadership, and a visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University.

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey are founders of Wisdom at Work and The International Center for Corporate Culture and Organizational Health at InnerWork Technologies, Inc., a Seattle-based firm dedicated to developing and renewing organizational cultures and communities in which extra-ordinary levels of inspired leadership, cooperation, synergy, collective intelligence, and change resilience can thrive. The Leveys work with organizations and communities around the globe to inspire people to deepen the wisdom, wonder, compassion, resilience, and creativity they bring to life, work, and relationships amidst the myriad changes, challenges, and opportunities of these turbulent and rapidly shifting times. Their work spans many disciplines.

As advisors to business leaders and teams in over 200 leading organizations around the globe, their clients include: British Parliament, NASA, World Bank, Google, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Intuit, Miraval, NOAA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Special Forces, West Point Military Academy, Stanford Research Institute International, The Clinton Global Initiative, U.S. Surgeon Generals Office, U.S. Federal Court, and MIT. The Leveys also served as Chairpersons for the Center for Corporate Culture & Organizational Health at the Institute for Health & Productivity Management. They serve on the Board of Advisors for the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities, The Art Monastery Project, The International Working Group on Compassionate Organizations, and Resilient People and Climate Change ~ an international think tank and NGO with the mission to address the psychological and social impacts of climate change for organizations and communities around the globe.

The Leveys also serve as clinical faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Center for Spirituality and Healing and are adjunct faculty for the Institute for Spirituality and Health at University of Texas Medical Center. The Leveys have worked with leaders and staff from hundreds of medical centers and organizations including: U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Providence Health System, Providence Saint Peter’s Hospital, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, University of Washington School of Psychosocial Nursing, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Saint Joseph Medical Centers, Swedish Medical Center, University of Alberta Hospitals, International Medical Program, Menninger Foundation, The Health Care Forum, Planned Parenthood, Ballard Medical Center, Cancer Control Agency of British Columbia, Life Sciences Institute, Northwest Primary Care Association, Penn. Society for Behavioral Medicine & Biofeedback, Pennsylvania Technology Council, Texas State Biofeedback Society, Washington State Dental Association, Washington State Nurses Association, Washington State Pharmaceutical Association, and Saint Francis Hospice of Honolulu. They also serve as Co-Chairs for the West Hawaii Workplace Wellness Task Force, NPAC, Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition of Hawaii County, a project of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Joel and Michelle have served as facilitators for the Compassionate Action Network International.

Michelle & Joel Levey designed and directed advanced biocybernautic training for the U.S. Army Special Forces’ acclaimed “Ultimate Warrior Training Program, aka “Jedi Warrior.” This six-month full-time training program was described by West Point leaders as, “The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen.” Michael Murphy & George Leonard, founders of the Esalen Institute, praised this work, saying, “Jedi Warrior was the most extensive and advanced leadership development program to be offered in modern times.” At the end of this program one of their teams was selected as the most outstanding team in the NATO games.

Nobel Laureate the Dalai Lama, an advisor and supporter on a number of the Leveys’ projects, encouraged them in their work saying in a letter to them: “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences and technologies of human development and transformation to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.” Their work has also been praised by: Margaret Wheatley; Andrew Weil, M.D.; Jon Kabat-Zinn; Daniel Goleman; Larry Dossey,M.D., Joan Borysenko; Willis Harman; Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D.; Meg Jordon, Kent Peterson,M.D.; Michael Ray; and Charles Terry.

Wisdom at Work

The Leveys’ Seattle and Hawaii based firm is dedicated to developing and renewing organizational cultures in which people flourish and extra-ordinary levels of inspired leadership, change resilience, mind fitness, and collective wisdom can thrive. They have worked with over 200 leading organizations around the globe.

The Kohala Sanctuary

Joel & Michelle Levey, the stewards of the Kohala Sanctuary, have devoted their lives to the exploration and integration of the modern mind sciences, ancient wisdom traditions, and wholistic healing traditions. They first came to the Hawaiian Islands in 1975, and have been profoundly inspired by the peoples and nature of this sacred land. Professionally, Joel & Michelle’s pioneering work spans many disciplines including: integrative & mindbody medicine; noetic & mind sciences; cyberphysiology, neurofeedback & clinical biofeedback training; peak performance training & extra-ordinary human potential; leadership development & resilience, and developing healthy high performing organizational teams and culture.



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