Sustainable Leadership Intensive – Aligning outer and inner nature


We live at a time when we all question what it means to lead a meaningful life. Can we avert a climate crises? Can we make a difference in a world full of strive and turmoil, addicted to security, materialism and short-termism? What is my own role in the larger system of economics and politics?

We will host a number of Sustainable Leadership Intensives (SLI’s) for people who consider themselves to be change agents for positive change. We have developed the SLI from the Leadership Journeys and shorter Executive Purpose Quests that we held since 2007 for hundreds of people, and tailored them to the needs of professionals working in demanding change roles, aimed at creating more sustainable organizations that contribute to flourishing societies.

The SLI is a deep-dive immersive leadership practice that will help you to align your outer and inner nature, or your ‘shared purpose’. This will enable you to unleash your full potential (and that of your organization) as a catalyst for positive change and systems impact.

The SLI, offered in partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership, will consists of 3,5 days in locations of pristine nature, for optimal reflection and renewal. The dates will be April 17-21, 2020 in the Netherlands and May 22-26, 2020 near Boston – we will keep you posted at Flow Foundation website. Here is a picture of a recent Purpose Quest at a beach in Greece:2019-02-27 15.59.39

Garrison Institute International


I am pleased to have joined Garrison Institute International (GII) as an Board Member and Executive Director, as of December 2018. The flagship program of GII is the CBR Training program, designed for humanitarian professionals in crises areas in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.  I am happy to lend my support to this critically needed resilience program. CBR stands for Contemplative-Based Resilience, and offers a unique and evidence-based methodology for professionals to significantly improve stress-management and well-being, thus becoming a more effective provider of care to those in need in humanitarian crisis areas.  Garrison Institute is a premier think-tank and innovation platform fostering the development of human consciousness for the creation of social impact, based in a former monastery in Garrison, New York.

The role of law in the transition to sustainable companies


The transition to more sustainable companies is happening in many ways. The role of company boards is crucial in this transition, but it is not clear whether company law is an hindrance or an help in this matter. Together with colleagues Tineke Lambooy and Aikatarina Argyro, we have explored what role company law plays (and could play) in the transition to corporate sustainability.  See Enabling Company Boards to Create Sustainable Companies.

Buddhist economics


Sander Tideman lectured on ‘Designing Sustainable Economic Systems: Lesson from Buddhist Economics’ (Video link) at the International Symposium on Buddhism in Contemporary Societies at Hamburg University from June 20-22, 2018, and engaged in a panel conversation with Dr. Alan Wallace and other Buddhist scholars. The lecture was published in this essay.

Purpose Mind – interview


Sander Tideman in conversation with the young philosopher Daphne Truijens, on the need to develop new economic models and the relevance of human motivation and purpose for success in life and work.

Co-Designing Economies in Transition


I have written a preface to Vicenzo Giorgino and Zack Walsh’s exciting new book: Co-Designing Economies in Transition; Radical Approaches in Dialogue with Contemplative Social Science (2018, Palgrave). A rich transdisciplinary volume that puts forward proposals for a wiser, socially just and sustainable socio-economic system. There is growing support for the view that the end of capitalism is around the corner, but on which conceptual and ethical basis can we interpret this transition towards a new model? This book challenges our thinking and offers pathways for new solutions.

Mindfulness in Politics – with Jon Kabat-Zinn


Please read here my blog on the inspiring meeting I attended at the British Parliament with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. The meeting was organized by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group. Mindfulness is not just a practice for individuals to calm, ease and clarify their minds, but a framework for developing radically new approaches to critical areas such as health care, education, prison systems, sustainability and the work place.  IMG_1162

Discovering Shared Purpose in Life and Business


Workshop at the Inner Peace Conference, Amsterdam, October 6 & 7, 2017.
Sander will guide you in a process of leadership development defined as ’shared purpose’. Through a series of questions, reflections and exercises, you will be guided into a discovery of your deeper motives and aspirations, which will be matched to the context of your work and business. Through this process you can discover your ’trip flow’: how to discover and enhance your own flow, while contributing to a flourishing business and society.Sander-InnerPeaceConf

Discovering the Shared Purpose of Business and Society


Please read my chapter on Shared Purpose of Business and Society in Mobius Strip 2017. I will speak on this at Mobius Next Practice Institute in Boston on June 9, 2017.

Contemplative Science & Management – Budapest

The Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest, in partnership with Mind & Life Europe, organized an international transdisciplinary workshop on Contemplative Science and Management on May 19-21, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.  I gave a lecture on how Buddhist principles can help the design and management of sustainable economic systems. Please see my presentation.

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