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Patrick Cook-Deegan on Purpose

Patrick joins Yours to Create in this mini-podcast with a preview of his thoughts on the next episode, Purpose Begins with Belonging.

Quote Icon Your purpose is what lights you up deep down in your soul. Many people spend most of their time dedicated to pursuits they don’t care about at all.
Patrick Cook-Deegan · Founder + CEO at Project Wayfinder
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Patrick is a leader in reimagining adolescent education through the lens of purpose learning. In 2015-2016, Patrick was an education innovation fellow at Stanford’s d.school striving to answer a specific question: How do we help high school students craft meaningful lives? A year later, Project Wayfinder was born.

Patrick is a serial social entrepreneur. Over the last decade, he launched a number of programs and organizations including Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Back to Earth, and Brown University’s Social Innovation Initiative. He also spent five years working as a human rights advocate in Burma. These experiences became the ingredients and backbone for the launch of Project Wayfinder at the Stanford d.school.

Patrick has spoken at more than 100 schools including Duke, Yale, and UCLA. He has been featured in  Washington Post, Boston Globe, and NPR and written for Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Edutopia, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, and the recently published book Purpose Rising. Patrick is an All-American high school lacrosse player, Fulbright Scholar, Brown University graduate, and has an annual lecturer appointment at Stanford.

Yours to Create’s theme and interludes are by Maisie Bull. Yours to Create is produced by New England Innovation Academy.

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