May 2013

TOPIC: Become ‘One’ with the Audubon: How to keep pace with change by practicing mindfulness and narrative inquiry through interactive media

Date: Monday, May 13, 2013


6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meeting



Frederick Taylor, move over. Since the late 1800s, performance improvement paradigms have shifted at a rate faster than your wildest dreams. Scientific management was quickly surpassed by the age of information, only to be exceeded by a knowledge economy, and most recently the era of innovation. We have since learned that a professional’s adeptness in navigating this Audubon requires a new professional competency: the ability to continuously transform their worldview (at a moment’s notice). Facilitating this process is no easy feat. What is required is a mechanism for learning and discovery that can be accessed at any moment, in any place, and at a low cost both financially and emotionally.

Mindfulness practice is now being introduced in combination with narrative inquiry in order to help professionals explore and develop their relationship with overnight change in a manner that is both in-the-moment and authentic. This presentation will demonstrate how, when practiced expertly with the help of interactive media, this process not only serves to renew a professional’s genuine acceptance of each new paradigm, but their ability to renew the paradigm itself.



 William Brendel is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Learning and Development at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota. William is also an organizational development consultant, assisting organizations in utilizing Transformative Learning Theory and Mindfulness Practice as a strategic process for developing and aligning ground-breaking strategies with professional competencies.

He received his MA in Social & Organizational Psychology (2003) as well as an Adult Learning and Leadership (2009) at Columbia University. He has also studied Narrative Medicine alongside Dr. Rita Charon at the Columbia University of College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mindfulness Practice alongside Dr. John Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. His latest endeavors can be viewed at:


Material from the Presentation

May 2013 PowerPoint Lecture