Jack Pransky, Ph.D. is founder/director of the Center for Inside-Out Understanding. He authored the books, Somebody Should Have Told Us!, Paradigm Shift, Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond; Parenting from the Heart, Prevention from the Inside-Out and Prevention: The Critical Need.
He also co-authored Healthy Thinking/ Feeling/Doing from the Inside-Out prevention curriculum for middle school students, and two children’s picture books, What is a Thought? (A Thought is a Lot) and What is Wisdom (and Where Do I Find It)?.
Pransky has worked in the field of prevention since 1968 in a wide variety of capacities and now provides consultation and training in mental and spiritual well-being from the inside-out throughout the U.S. and internationally.
He is a trainer of trainers, a coach of coaches, and a counselor of counselors. Jack was instrumental in creating the first state law (Vermont) requiring state agencies to plan for and conduct prevention practices, and he worked on developing national prevention policy.
In 2001 his book, Modello received the Martin Luther King Storyteller’s Award for the book best exemplifying King’s vision of “the beloved community,” and in 2004 Jack won the Vermont Prevention Pioneer’s Award.
Andy lives in rural Vermont with his wife, Elissa, their daughter Emmy, and an assortment of farm animals including goats, chickens, and bees. He and Elissa encountered the three principles 25 years ago and their lives were affected in extraordinary ways. Since then, Andy has been sharing the principles as an educator, consultant, and coach. He helped found and direct two innovative high schools designed with the principles at the heart of the curriculum. Over the years he has had the privilege of learning from, and working directly with, Sydney Banks and other extraordinary three principles teachers including Dicken Bettinger, George and Linda Pransky and the rest of the Pransky and Associates team, Roger Mills, Ken Manning and many more.
Andy and Elissa are tremendously grateful for encountering the principles and for the impact this understanding has had on their lives and the lives of those around them. Their 10-year-old daughter Emmy is growing up with the principles as central to her understanding of life, and the insights she has about the inside-out nature of human experience are touching and illuminating. As Emmy stated the other day, “Can you imagine what the world would be like if people saw that their feelings did not come from the world or the people around them … people would get along better that’s for sure”. That is why Andy founded the Center for Insight and Change – to help people get in touch with their innate health, wisdom and incredible capacity for insights– insights that profoundly affect their lives, and in doing so, change the world around them.
In addition to his work Through the Center for Insight and Change Andy is a professional tennis coach and with Elissa leads international learning expeditions through her company Express Fluency. Andy also enjoys carpentry, surfing, skiing, hiking and many other outdoor adventures