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Who is Patrick McNamara?


Meet Patrick McNamara. Patrick is a consultant, researcher and social entrepreneur focusing on leadership, organizational effectiveness and large-scale change. He currently coordinates the Gay Spirit Culture Project, a project designed to shift the consciousness of the gay and queer communities by supporting inner transformation. He is the Co-Founder of the Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations and Co-Owner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting and has helped create a series of conferences on spirituality in the workplace.

Patrick began his spiritual journey on a light blue Schwinn bicycle at the ripe ol' age of fifteen when he saw a sign at the public library announcing a meditation course. Ever since, the silence and peace he encountered while meditating has infused his work and purpose here on Planet Earth.

He went on to receive his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and began his career in corporate consulting with organizations such as Motorola, The Mac Group and Cap Gemini. Soon his international inclinations and proficiency in several languages led him into marketing and strategic planning in Europe, South America, Asia and the United States.

Despite these external demands, Patrick did not neglect his inner life. During these years, Patrick lived in spiritual communities in Findhorn, Scotland, in Santa Fe and in New York State. His personal process in community and meditation helped him understand and develop his interior. Patrick then used his interior to facilitate spiritual and social transformation in the work place.

Patrick facilitates personal and collective growth in organizational culture using Corporate Transformation Tools, dialogue, organizational learning, and values-based leadership. He helps organizations to clarify their vision and establish strategic direction with innovative, participatory processes such as Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology.

He lives in Fredonia, NY, where he enjoys spending time with his sixteen year-old daughter (Patrick is a single father), meditation, choral singing, and time in nature. Planet Earth needs more men like Patrick.

Patrick has appeared on Integral Naked:

Sex, Identity, Spirituality: God in Gay Culture8/9/2004

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