Sharif M. Abdullah

Personal Statement
Sample Clients
Background and Training
Contact Information
Commonway Institute
Three Valleys Project

SHARIF M. ABDULLAH is a leading proponent and catalyst for inclusive social, cultural and spiritual transformation. Sharif's life and work has been featured in a number of books and publications, including The Rise of the Intelligent Organization, A House Divided, A Cultural Diversity Sourcebook, and Bridging the Racial Divide. Sharif's own writings include The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times love
love Sharif has worked with thousands of individuals and facilitated scores of transformation, empowerment and leadership sessions for various public and private organizations, including city and county governments, federal agencies like US Forest Service and HUD, international bodies like The United Nations, and Sarvodaya Shramadana and large corporations like Freightliner Corporation.  

In addition, Sharif has facilitated workshops with organizations like Association for Humanistic Psychology, Institute of Noetic Sciences, the International Conflict Resolution Conference, Institute for Sustainable Development, and others. 

Sharif is the author of The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times and the soon to be published Inclusivity: Creating a World that Works for All. In addition, he has published many articles on the subjects of values, personal and cultural transformation and empowerment.  love
love  Sharif currently directs the Commonway Institute and Three Valleys Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, designed to build inclusivity, understanding and civic engagement between diverse groups of people in various settings. Sharif is also on the Board of Directors of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures
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Background and Training

Sharif received a BA in Psychology from Clark University and went on to earn a juris doctor degree from Boston University. After practicing law in North Carolina for six years, Sharif chose a path to social change that is positive, inclusive and honors the dignity of all beings.

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love  "From before I can remember, my life has been shaped by a question: in a world that works for so few, how can we create a world that works for all? 
love My quest began in the worst that America has to offer: Camden, NJ, a study in toxic relationships, including welfare, public housing, grinding poverty, near constant violence, a polluted environment. As someone said, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  love
I soon discovered that the nature of my question is essentially spiritual. Not the empty platitudes that are mouthed on Sundays (or Fridays, or Saturdays...), but a real-time dynamic search for meaning in a world gone crazy. We are not here to increase market share, freshen our breath or root for the home team. We are here to actually act like we love each other, and to act out that love on a daily basis.  love
love Spirituality for me is an unrelenting commitment to honor the Divine within each of us. I can’t do that if I am at war with others, or at war with myself. 
I am committed to ending the war. I am committed to creating the world that works for all."  love
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Sample Clients

Sharif M. Abdullah brings to Commonway Institute a background in working with local, national and international organizations such as:

US Forest Service
Housing and Urban Development
The United Nations
International Conflict Resolution Conference, St. Petersberg, Russia
Sarvodaya Shramadana, Sri Lanka
Freightliner Corporation
Association for Humanistic Psychology
Bureau of Maintenance, Portland, Oregon
Portland Fire Bureau

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