Donald R. Officer

Donald R. Officer has been a writer, editor, facilitator, personal coach, educator, planner, communicator and consultant for over four decades. Persistently seeking better ways to frame the future and how to live there, he is a strong advocate for rethinking our less functional ideas through positive psychology and systems thinking.

Don has published articles, reviews and papers for newspapers, journals and magazines. He has edited policy papers, newsletters and on-line forums. He also reviews books and drafts articles on behavioral science, motivation and personal meaning for his blog, while submitting pieces to editors who share his interests. He is meanwhile creating longer works on education, social change and leadership. Don has worked in corporate, public service and non-profit sectors and taught in several adult learning, secondary, elementary and post-secondary (university and college) settings. He researches and presents workshops on subject areas he has covered as a writer or addressed as a consultant. Currently, Don is reframing his flagship seminar on Strategic Thinking, while another on Facilitation in the Digital Era is ready to go and his book on the bigger picture challenges of social change to the evolving workplace is in development.

Education: MentorCoach, Quality of Life Certified Coach; St. Paul’s University, Facilitation Certificate (Summa cum Laude); University of Ottawa, ABQ Education, Senior Division; Carleton University, MA.

Current Affiliations
Member International Positive Psychology Association 2017;
Member, Canadian Positive Psychology Association 2012;
Member and Presenter, Systems Thinking Ontario 2012;
Participant and Presenter, Design with Dialogue OCADU, Toronto 2012;
Editor and publisher, The Intention Coach Blog 2014 ;
Member and Presenter, Ottawa Creative Thinking Group 2004 – present.

Representative Publication Credits
2016 – Center for Grateful Leadership Monthly Column: The Gratitude Connection
2014 – Positive Psychology News Daily. Life After Chocolate: Romance over the long haul
2013 – Positive Psychology News Daily. Acknowledgement and Gratitude in Leadership
2011 – The Innovation Journal. Comment on Public Participation: Finding Knowledge and Clarity in Chaos
2010 – The Intention Coach. Editor and publisher of review blog on management and social issues.
2006 – Colloquium Cafe. Curated Saint Paul University’s Facilitation Colloquium discussion group and blog.
2005 – The Innovation Journal. The Unexplored Relationship between Intuition and Innovation.

Last updated: July 20 2017