Professor Price-Williams is recognized as one of the early developers of the field of cross-cultural psychology and as one of the pioneers of psychological anthropology and the anthropology of consciousness. He taught at University level for nearly 4 decades; 10 years at the London School of Economics, as a visiting lecturer at the University of Kansas, 5 years as Chairman of the Psychology Department at Rice University and 20 years in the departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry at UCLA. He has produced close to one hundred fifty published writings in his career and has served on numerous editorial boards. As an anthropologist he has done field work in Mexico and Guatemala, two regions of Nigeria, the big island of Hawaii, Nepal, Bali and in the aboriginal communities of Australia. He became a clinical psychologist in California in the early 1980’s and co-conducted dream groups with artists for fifteen years.

    Born in London, England, and emigrating to the U.S. in 1964, he became a U.S. citizen. He served as a Radio Officer in the British Merchant Navy during the last years of World War II. Before getting his Bachelors and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from the University of London, he studied body-use under F.M. Alexander, the creator of the Alexander Technique, and taught this technique in Copenhagen and England.

    He has published widely on perceptual processes, classification, use of intelligence tests, displacement and orality, the psychology of caste, the philosophy of science, kinship concepts, cognitive style, and relation thinking.

His interest in transpersonal matters began when he studied in England for ten years with J.G.Bennett of the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky movement. He has consulted with Meher Baba, Pak Subuh and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and has studied and practiced numerous methods of meditation.


Life Dreams:

Field Notes on Psi, Synchronicity, and Shamanism

Douglass Price-Williams, Ph.D.

Alpha Lo

    Alpha Lo made research into condensed matter physics as a graduate student at University of Chicago, after which he spent a year living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and at various ashrams and monasteries studying yoga and meditation. His work aims at the integration of physics, spirituality, and holistic health.

    He is currently engaging research into the intersection of spirituality, systems theory and social architecture. Recognized as an innovative thinker, and as an important figure in emerging culture, Alpha Lo is a contributor to some of the most forward-thinking experimental forums in our time. He is an experienced facilitator of groups, leading people into profound  experience as he combines physics, spirit, somatic work, and art in his multifaceted workshops. He resides in the San Francisco bay area.

The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia

The Physics of Expanded Consciousness


    Dr. Jaffe is a professor of organizational systems and psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, and an advisor to families about family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy. He is co-author of Working With the Ones You Love: Building a Successful Family Business; Working With Family Businesses: A Guide for Professional Advisors, as well as management books Rekindling Commitment, Getting Your Organization to Change and Take this Work and Love It, and more than a hundred management articles. In 2005 he was awarded the Beckhard Award for service to the field from the Family Firm Institute. He received his BA degree in Philosophy, MA in Management, and Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University, and is a licensed psychologist.

    His work has been featured in Inc. magazine, Entrepreneur, Nation’s Business, Time, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been profiled in People magazine. He has been a board member and fellow of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, World Business Academy, and Saybrook University, as well as the Family Firm Institute. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, and a professional member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing, the Academy of Management, NTL Institute, and the Society for Organizational Learning. He has been president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and twice was the winner of the Medical Self-Care Book Award.

    Dennis received his B.A. in Philosophy, M.A. in Management, and Ph.D. in Sociology, all from Yale University.

Stewardship In Your Family Enterprise

Developing Responsible Leadership Across Generations

Dennis T. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Alden Bevington

    Alden began his dedicated research into the relationship between consciousness, culture, and human and technological evolution in the cafes and student lounges of Harvard and MIT at age 15. By 18 he had decided not to forgo truly traditional higher education, and embarked upon a dynamic pilgrimage around the world for the next 12 years, seeking the best ideas the planet had to offer. He went on to get irradiated by some of the the brightest pioneers and masters in the fields of sustainability, liberation science, consciousness, religion, meditation, cultural evolution, ecology, agriculture, internet technology, psychology, business, neurolinguistics, exaptative neurophsysiology, health and design, among many others. He has served and been a founding collaborator in numerous organizations and projects around the planet dedicated to what he considers intelligent human progress, and has edited and designed numerous books and graduate-level theses in frontier sciences. Currently, in addition to his systems consulting and entrepreneurial project development through, and his work on The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia, he is the founder and editor-in-chief of Pioneer Imprints.

The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia

    Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. who has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since, as a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. During the 1970s, Ralph spent 10 years in the intensive study and practice of Agni Yoga, a meditative system of working with light-fire life-energies. He wrote Maps of Consciousness, one of the earliest attempts at a comparative cartography of consciousness; and Know Your Type, a comparative survey of personality typologies, ancient and modern. He was the Academic Dean for ten years, during the 1980s, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he taught courses there on “Altered States of Consciousness” and “Developing Ecological Consciousness.” He is now Professor Emeritus. He maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally. His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl. 


Unfolding Self:

Varieties of Transformative Experience

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

    Prashanti de Jager earned degrees from the University of Michigan in the fields of Math, Physics, Biophysics and Emergency Medicine. Moving towards a comprehensive study of adjunct healing modalities, in 1990 Prashanti moved to India, and remained for 8 years, to study Advaita Vedanta and the Vedic Sciences including Ayurveda, Vastu shastra, Yoga, and Jyotish.

    Opening a small clinic in Lucknow, India, and to ensure quality organic herbs for his growing clientelle, Prashanti founded Organic India, a company which has grown over two decades to become the single largest Organic Ayurvedic herb grower and distributor in the world, and the creator of the widely popular family of Tulsi Teas. From soil to shelf, Organic India has led the industry in ethics, sustainability and win-win business practices through providing organic agricultural training to 5,000 farms, training 50,000 tribal people in wildcrafting, employing over 200,000 people, and through its deep commitment to evolve the collective mind with the world's finest sattvic herbs.

    While continuing his work with Organic India, Prashanti spends life editing and writing articles for numerous magazines and his own books, teaching classes on herbs and Ayurvedic Medicine around the world from the Mayo Clinic to Children in local schools, and is creating an Ayurvedic Center in San Francisco.  

Prashanti de Jager, MSc, EMT


The Ayurvedic

Spice of Life

    James is currently Co-Director of The Social Healing Project funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. 

    He is a member of the extended faculty of The Institute of Noetic Sciences and its immediate past President. He was Executive Director of The Seva Foundation, an international health and development organization and, for ten years, was the Washington Office Director of Amnesty International.

    James is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group founded by Deepak Chopra and Diane Williams and lectures widely on emerging worldviews, and integral approaches to social transformation.

    He is committed to dialogue as a practice and is engaged in dialogues at SEED Graduate Institute between native elders, physicists, and thought leaders; between Israeli and Palestinian psychologists and social workers, and contributes to dialogue on systems thinking and government policy making with the DC based Global Systems Initiatives.

    He has been a part of dialogue initiated with the Obama Administration on systems work and policy making. He and Dr Judith Thompson co-led a series of international dialogues called Compassion and Social Healing.

Creative Stress:

A Path for Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval

James O ’ Dea

    John Furey created the first online psychology profile in 1994, which some regard as a watershed moment for the field of psychology. He later leveraged his TimeStyle Profile as the cornerstone for a successful consulting and organizational development firm and the MindTime Project, founded in 1997. He later innovated a variety of applications that use the theory of MindTime and his thinking style profile as their framework.

    John’s innovations have led to breakthrough insights into group dynamics and organizational thinking. They have also helped inform an answer to the age old questions: Who are we? What is our relationship to other people, the environment we create, the things we fill it with, and the people we invite into our lives? His current work in Mapping the World of Thinking promises to change the way we think about people's choices and online behaviors.

    John has done extensive work internationally and has enjoyed years of fruitful collaboration with teams at The Nature Conservancy, the Royal Bank of Canada, Merrill Lynch, and Hewlett Packard, among others, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including National Public Radio, has spoken as a guest lecturer at major university campuses, and has spoken at and led workshops and retreats in many countries around the world.                           

John Furey

Its All About Time:

How Companies Innovate and Why Some Do It Better


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