Michael Jones (Canada)
Re-imagining Leadership Through Nature, Art and Community
By asking the question;" Who will play your music if you don’t?" Michael creates a place for leaders to discover their own true nature as well as shaping a story of the future in which the primary challenges will be both generative and ecological. He holds a BA in music and psychology and an MA in Adult Learning from the University of Toronto and lives with his wife Judy an artist and educator in a lakeside community north of Toronto, Canada. Michael Jones is widely recognized leadership educator, keynote speaker, thought leader, pianist composer, writer and storyteller. His most recent book The Soul of Place: Re-imagining Leadership Through Nature Art and Community is the third is a series of books on Re-imagining Leadership. Others in the series include: Artful Leadership: Awakening the Commons of the Imagination and Creating an Imaginative Life: Following the Songlines of the Heart.
The thread that brings together all of Michael’s diverse activities in place and placemaking is music. The work of placemaking needs to draw from art and beauty in order to engage all the senses. As a pianist and composer Michael integrates music to animate the space in all of his speaking, community engagement and conferences. He is also a Juno nominated (Canadian Grammy) pianist and composer whose catalogue of original piano compositions including Pianoscapes, Touch and After the Rain are each a celebration of place and have served as benchmarks for contemporary instrumental music and attracted an audience of millions worldwide. Michael has also appeared on over twenty compilations and thematic collections and performed concerts in diverse settings including the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo Japan, Harvard University, The Seoul Art Center in Korea and The International Piano Festival in Montreal, Canada.