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Born near the home of Peter Paul Reubens in Antwerp, Belgium, Gui Van de Voorde comes from a rich Renaissance heritage of conscious cultural rebirth. He studied to understand and master the conceptual tools needed to discern the patterns of personal and cultural evolvement currently seeking conscious expression in our society.

Gui was sparked by an initial interest in and love of Philosophy, seeking to understand conceptually as much of the world as possible. Building a world view, he resonated most to Pythagoras, Plato, Kant, Locke, and Wittgenstein from the West; and Lao Tzu, Buddha and Idries Shah from the East. The Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Aesthetics, Ethics, and Logic were areas of special interest. He was guided by questions from within that laid a conceptual foundation from which to build a rich intellectual appreciation and framework.

Gui sought to apply the world views learned from philosophy to behavior and this led to the study of psychology. Here he immersed himself in individual development, seeking to understand consciousness, human motivation, human emotion, brain physiology, behaviorism, social interaction, human potential, and individual differences. To balance out the theoretical emphasis he found he had a natural appreciation and talent for the scientific method, excelling in quantitative analysis and research methodology. Pragmatic proof and experience replaced belief and implicit assumption.

Since the meaningfulness of individual behavior requires context, he completed his training as a social scientist pursuing interests in sociology and culture via anthropology. Of special interest was the implicit influence that culture and social expectation have on individual behavior - and that these are largely undetected by the people affected. Interests in history and political science came later. Developing an appreciation of paleontology, astrophysics, and physics provided enough jig-saw pieces to see a larger design.

Grounding human experience in the physical body motivated him to study self-healing and thus many forms of alternative medicine. He learned a holistic appreciation of the body, experiencing the profound healing effects of energy medicine - especially homeopathy and acupuncture. Studying the world views of the Shaman in different cultures helped integrate how the mind, body, emotions, and spirit need to function in an integrated manner. From this integration, it was a simple step to see that Culture and our Social Structure must provide a vital nurturing environment in order to support happiness, meaning, growth, and peace.

Applying an understanding of individual, social, and cultural needs and principles to organizational development empowers the individual and the organization. From here they can envision, strategize, plan, and implement in a manner that supports true underlying harmony, mutually beneficial growth, and balanced empowerment. Both the organization and the individual win.

Seeking to be of service to those who seek to respond to their inner need for personal transformation, Gui helps Cultural Transformation happen in both individual and organizational contexts. The proper blend of education and experience opens new sensibilities that enable expanded empathy and clarity. "A living commitment to Truth and Reality empower one to be fully present in the moment. This is life's most precious gift to us - being fully present in the moment."

Dedicated to both the developmental need of one's inherent individual nature and to the social need for cooperation and conformity, Gui is able to address both of these forces with an integrated mutually enhancing methodology that strengthens both - revealing our optimal relationship with ourselves and the world around us. His previous organizational endeavor "The Center for Cultural Transformation" was a resource for conscious development and integration to meet both individual and organizational needs.

Gui's hobbies include scuba diving, photography, tennis, camping, birding, rollerblading, travel, movies, performing arts, writing, and thoroughly enjoying concepts and ideas. He feels his most important asset is his unrestrained sense of humor.

"The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new horizons, but in seeing with new eyes." ~ Marcel Proust

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