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Elan Divon

Author, social entrepreneur, speaker and mentor

Elan Divon is a Harvard-educated author, spiritual teacher and social entrepreneur. His passion: taking wisdom themes found in world religion and mythology and distilling these into messages that inspire action and foster growth in individuals, organizations and groups.

Over the last decade Elan has translated his passion into helping people of all ages develop their potential. He has worked with CEO’s, business leaders, billionaires, as well as the homeless…. Directed a peace camp for Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, traveled the world and most recently co-founded the Einstein Legacy Project; a global initiative that helps find and empower the world’s next generation of creative minds. More at

Elan's first book, Reaching Beyond the Religious (2010), explores wisdom themes from across the religious divide and their resonance in global affairs. He is currently completing his second book entitled The Initiation.
Guns, Globalization And The Politics Of

Guns, Globalization And The Politics Of Change

In a desperate plea to my fellow Americans who remain dogged in their devotion to the Second Amendment, please consider the words of someone worthy of respect -- Jesus Christ: "The law was made to serve man, the man was not made to serve the law." In other words, Jesus is saying that if the law isn't serving us as a society -- we should fix it!
07/11/2016 10:43 EDT
Muhammad Ali Taught Us Principles Are Worth Fighting

Muhammad Ali Taught Us Principles Are Worth Fighting For

Ali was one of the greatest human beings of all time. What made Ali great was not his boxing skills, chiseled looks or mercurial eloquence. What made him great was the nobility of his character; his courage to speak truth to power and stand up for what he believed in. No matter the cost.
06/07/2016 11:08 EDT
Busting the 'Genius'

Busting the 'Genius' Myth

Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.
08/26/2015 05:12 EDT
How to Become Really

How to Become Really Powerful

Babies don't have power. Not physical power at least, although being cute does command a lot of attention. When we are born
09/07/2014 03:45 EDT
How to Get People to Care About Your

How to Get People to Care About Your Business

Imagine you're on a romantic date with your dream match. He or she looks incredible and has a stellar background; a high paying job at a respectable firm, solid values, impeccable style and similar interests to you. But there's one small caveat: You have no emotional connection. Zero chemistry. It's like you're talking to a dead fish! Well, you can forget about having a relationship.
07/03/2014 05:21 EDT
The Gun Lobby Needs To Consider People's Changing Mental

The Gun Lobby Needs To Consider People's Changing Mental Condition

Many Americans will point to the constitution and the sacred right to bear arms. It's a fundamental freedom -- an American tradition carried out for generations. But guess what? The constitution was written 250 years ago at a time there was no government agency to keep the peace and protect civilians. It therefore made perfect sense to allow people to form their own militias to defend themselves because nobody else was going to do it.
06/02/2014 12:27 EDT
Changing Diapers Can Bring On

Changing Diapers Can Bring On Enlightenment

It's been a month since my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and WOW has it been a learning experience! Changing diapers at 3 a.m., figuring out how to sterilize bottles, bathe the little one, strap her into the car seat, and rock her to sleep. One of my personal heroes, Ram Dass, once asked his guru "How can I attain enlightenment?" His guru replied: "Feed people and serve people." OK.
04/21/2014 08:06 EDT
The Dangers of a Widening Gulf Between Your Heart and

The Dangers of a Widening Gulf Between Your Heart and Mind

Learning is not just about <em>retaining</em> knowledge, it's about understanding how to <em>relate</em> that knowledge to other people in a meaningful way. And you can't do that if you are distracted, stressed or lack emotional intelligence.
03/16/2014 10:10 EDT
How To Be Relevant in an Hour a

How To Be Relevant in an Hour a Week

The average Canadian spends a whopping four hours and 20 minutes a day watching TV (5 hours in the U.S. for comparison), and that doesn't include social media time. That's 30 hours a week or 1560 hours a year in which the average Canadian sits on a couch. So here's my challenge to you: Give up one sitcom, one iffy reality show to free up an hour of your time each week.
01/27/2014 12:29 EST
Why Positive Thinking May Prevent You From

Why Positive Thinking May Prevent You From Winning

It's appealing to think we can control our lives by thinking positive. That's why so many people have bought into the law of attraction. Walk around with a sulk on your face and you'll draw angry people and crummy outcomes that mirror your inner states. If only life were that simple...
01/09/2014 05:15 EST
It's All About Sales,

It's All About Sales, People!

You, me, all of us -- we're constantly selling. But here's the kicker and where my seeming naiveté may receive some vindication. Beyond selling products, services, and ideas, you and I are really selling one thing and one thing only: ourselves.
12/31/2013 12:32 EST