Patrick Cook-Deegan
Patrick Cook-Deegan
Director and Founder, Project Wayfinder

2017 SPARC Sessions

Guiding Young People Towards Meaningful Lives

  60 minutes

Over the past decade, Patrick has helped build a number of innovative youth programs including Project Wayfinder, Back to Earth, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Brown University’s Social Innovation Initiative, and a travel abroad program for low-income high school students. He has taught mindfulness at public, private, alternative, and charter high schools across the world. Patrick has spoken at more than 100 high schools and universities and written on mindfulness, purpose education and high school innovation for Stanford Social Innovation Review, Edutopia, and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good. Patrick has been deeply influenced by the history and practices of native traditions around the world and is a graduate of the Tracking Project’s community mentoring training – a program focused on appropriately and effectively bringing native wisdom into the modern world. In 2015-2016, Patrick was an education innovation fellow at Stanford’s d.school. He came into the fellowship with the question: How do we help high school students craft meaningful lives and develop a sense of purpose? Hence, the birth of Project Wayfinder. Patrick is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Brown University.