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I’m an American thought leader and pioneer on the subjects of human, organizational and societal development and health. I write about the role that integrity, dignity, sanity play, as well as, on the topics of spirituality, faith, freedom, happiness, problem solving and risk taking. I produce and deliver original, world-class commentaries on business, political, social and spiritual matters to a global audience of world leaders, chief executives and key decision makers, top faculty and notables in the fields of academia, banking, business, foundations, government (including heads of state, lawmakers and governors), healthcare, media, non-profits and policy institutes.

Since February 2007, I have been living life as a philosopher and writer. Each month, I produce a commentary on business, political, social and spiritual matters. My following has grown to over eighteen thousand contacts including heads of state, their foreign ministers and their ambassadors to the U.S., attorneys, business executives, clergy, major foundations (John and Laura Arnold, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations Network, Peter G. Peterson, Pew Charitable Trust, Rockefeller, Charles and Helen Schwab and the Turner Foundation), governors, state and federal judges and lawmakers, media and Washington DC policy institutes of which fourteen thousand are PhDs teaching at more than eighty colleges and universities, in thirteen countries — the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuwait.

Included are fourteen nationally top-ranked university professors — Emory University’s Patrick N. Allitt, PhD (UC Berkeley), University of Toronto’s Kenneth R. Bartlett, PhD (Toronto), University of Pennsylvania’s Thomas Childers, PhD (Harvard), Tufts University’s Daniel W. Drezner (Stanford), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Bart D. Ehrman, PhD (Princeton), University of Virginia’s Gary W. Gallagher, PhD (U.Texas @Austin), Emory University’s Luke Timothy Johnson, PhD (Yale), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Lloyd Kramer, PhD (Cornell), American University’s Allan Lichtman, PhD (Harvard), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Jodi Magness, PhD (Penn), Oxford University’s Daniel Robinson, PhD (CUNY), University of Virginia’s Peter L. Rodriguez (Princeton), University of Pennsylvania’s David B. Ruderman, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), University of Pennsylvania’s Jonathan Steinberg, PhD (Cambridge).

Among the schools are forty-four world-class universities with over eleven thousand physicians, professors and researchers at Harvard College, Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health (over 2,000), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT Sloan School of Management, Yale College, Yale Law School, Stanford, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley School of Law, Princeton, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia, Columbia Business School, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia Law School, Penn, The Wharton School (Penn), Penn Law School, Penn Medical School, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Chicago, Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago Law School, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, NYU Stern School of Business, NYU School of Law, Brown, Emory, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Virginia (UVa), UVa Darden School of Business, UVa Law School,  UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA School of Law, USC Marshall School of Business, USC School of Law, Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, Tufts’ The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Dartmouth, Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, Cambridge, Cambridge Faculty of Law, Oxford, Oxford Faculty of Law, University College London (UCL), UCL Faculty of Law, London Business School, London School of Economics, Trinity College Dublin, INSEAD, École Normale Supérieure-Paris (ENS-Paris), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Amsterdam Faculty of Law, Leiden, ETH Zurich, Freie Universität Berlin, Toronto, McGill, British Columbia, Australian National University (ANU), ANU College of Law, ANU School of Public Policy, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), HKU Business and Economics, HKU Faculty of Law. Among the entire audience, my retention rate exceeds 99.7% (as of 5/14).

Other notables receiving my essays include the former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served in the Clinton Administration (1997-2000), and is currently a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, Boston University’s Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, M.D. (R), Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David G. Bronner, economist and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Dr. Alan Blinder of Princeton University, Columbia University in the City of New York President Lee C. Bollinger, Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute and Fox News contributor John Bolton, civil rights leader, social activist and professor at the University of Virginia – Dr. Julian Bond, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R), Philip J. Burguières – Vice Chairman of the NFL’s Houston Texans, Gary D. Burnison — CEO of Korn/Ferry International, former two-term West Virginia Governor and College Board President Gaston Caperton, Jim Clifton, Chairman – Gallup Organization, Gary D. Cohn — President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Steve Coll, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, Delos (“Toby”) M. Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, former three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R), Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University President Drew G. Faust, WorldBlu’s Founder and CEO Traci Fenton, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Dr. Bill Frist (TN-R) — former U.S. Senator (1995-2007) and Majority Leader of the United States Senate, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation President Robert Gallucci, U.S. Presidential advisor and Harvard Professor David Gergen, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, Council for Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass, paleontologist and MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant receptient Jack Horner, Arianna Huffington — co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, Asa Hutchinson — former U.S. Attorney and Congressman for the Third District of Arkansas, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindel (R), The Washington Post associate editor and senior correspondent Robert G. Kaiser, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) President and CEO Paula A. Kerger, Princeton economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman, Yale University President Richard C. Levin, University of Sydney’s (Australia) Dr. Jake Lynch, Kettering Foundation President F. David Mathews, Jimmy Maymann — CEO of The Huffington Post, Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (CA-D), New America Foundation Fellow and Fox News contributor James P. Pinkerton, Harvard ‘University’ Professor Michael E. Porter, Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Clinton Administration Labor Secretary and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, Republican campaign consultant/advisor and CNN Senior Political Correspondent Ed Rollins, Cecilia Elena Rouse — Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School on Public and International Affairs, Dr. Judith Rudin – President of The Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Larry J. Sabato‘s Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, President and CEO of BBVA Compass Bank Manolo Sanchez, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Howard Schultz — Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, investor Charles Schwab, Tiffany Shlain — an American filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards, economist, college professor and editor Mark Skousen, Marie-Anne Slaughter, President and CEO of the New America Foundation, Newsweek and National Journal contributing editor Stuart Taylor, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Cynthia Tucker, R.E. “Ted” Turner III, founder and former Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, philanthropist and Chairman of the Turner Foundation, Guy Vickers — President of The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, Hon. David M. Walker (former United States Comptroller General and head of the General Accounting Office (GAO, 1998-2008)), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner, Ashoka President Diana Wells, Judy Woodruff — Senior Correspondent at The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer.

I continue to pursue a fellowship with a national foundation while growing my audience with plans to add government leaders and faculty from top universities around the world. Hopefully, this effort will lead to opportunities to one day lecture and vacation across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Africa (travel the world).

All my essays can be read online on my website — and I can be reached directly by email at —

Last updated – 1/15

Copyright 2007-2015. By Ted Burnett. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Here is what some in my audience are saying about my work.

“Hey. I just watched your video on mental illness and genius v 2.0.  When I see someone like yourself putting information out like that it’s like a high 5 for myself because it gives myself more proof to be like hey people look at this, this is who made your world and you deny every bit of it without any knowledge of learning to know if this is true or not…”
— Travis Dobbin
Newfoundland/St. John’s, Canada
November 7, 2014 (an email response to my video — “In the company of geniuses”)

“Dear Ted:

Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by mental health issues, and I appreciate your perspective…”
— U. S. President Barack Obama, The United States of America (2008-present)
The White House
Washington, DC
October 8, 2014 (an email response to my video – “In the company of geniuses”)

“Interesting water that you thread in
thanks D”
– Dennis Norman, Ed.D., ABPP

Board Certified in Clinical and Child and Adolescent Psychology
Faculty Chair, Harvard University Native American Program
Chief of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
February 10, 2014 (an email response to my essay — “David and Goliath“)

“…But you certainly hit a nerve with your remarks about PBS, Mark Shields, et al…..I call Washington DC “Death Star” and with good reason. I’m sure you would agree. Nobody seems to care anymore where our country is headed. All we hear on TV networks is name calling, political demonizing, but nobody just talks about real solutions. I see CNN has started up the divisive “Crossfire,” where they have representatives of the “left” and the “right” instead of “Best Solutions”…..”
– Mark Skousen, PhD
Lexington, NY
November 3, 2013 (an email response to my essay — “President Obama — A loser coach managing a losing team.“)

“Nice job!”

– Hon. David M. Walker, the former United States Comptroller General and head of the Government Accounting Office (GAO) (1998-2008)
Bridgeport, CT
October 31, 2013 (an email response to my essay — “President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team.“)

“Dear Ted,

I am writing to thank you for contacting my office. I take your opinions and concerns seriously, and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me…”
– U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D)
Washington, DC
October 21, 2013 (an email response to my essay — “Maturation”)

“Dear Ted,

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on proposed U.S. military intervention following the August 21st chemical weapon attack by the Assad regime. I appreciate hearing from you on this crucial issue…”
– U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA-D)
Washington, DC
September 13, 2013 (an email response to one of mine.)

“Ted- Brilliant and Inspiring! “Can you stomach the truth?” “We are only as sick as or secrets!” “Pride can kill us and sadly it does.” This post by Ted Burnett is a must read. I love it! Maybe I’m amazed at how closely it follows the fine lines of thought I found while working on The Now Nexus or maybe I’m amazed by the Power of the SpiriTruth. But anyway this is an amazing confession. Thank you Ted.”
– Don Peek
Texarkana, TX
May 4, 2013 (an email response to my essay — What does it take to make democracy work as it should? )

“Dear Mr. Burnett:

Thank you for your emails and sharing your essays, which have been read with interest…
Your explanation to Kettering’s question “What does it take to make democracy work as it should?” is well taken. We appreciate your time to respond so thoroughly…”

– F. David Mathews, President
Kettering Foundation
Dayton, OH
April 9, 2013 (an email response to my essay — America – “She’s brain dead.”)

“Dear Ted,
Thank you for sharing this article. It captures the essence and well crafted.
Warm regards,”
– Dipak C. Jain
Dean and The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Marketing
Fontainebleau, France
January 31, 2013 (an email response to my essay — America – “She’s brain dead.”)

“Dear Ted,

Good stuff … please keep it coming ! Happy to join the 99.8% of people !!”
– Pekka [Hietala]
Professor of Finance
Fontainebleau, France
January 30, 2013 (an email response to my essay — America – “She’s brain dead.”)

“Dear Ted,

Good stuff … please keep it coming ! Happy to join the 99.8% of people !!”
– Pekka [Hietala]
Professor of Finance
Fontainebleau, France
January 30, 2013 (an email response to my essay — America – “She’s brain dead.”)

“Hi Ted,

Thank you!”

– Karestan [C. Koenen], Associate Professor
Director, Psychiatric-Neurological Epidemiology Cluster Department of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
New York, NY
November 16, 2012 (an email response to my essay — The Huffington Post: “At the Heart of Climate Change”)


I just read your essay and did indeed enjoy it. It was thoughtful and certainly poignant. Actually, I agree with you whole-heartedly – unfortunately, we are in the minority for such thoughts. America is morally bankrupt. I work with the elderly and hear their stories and try to glean from their wisdom and life experience every day – I really treasure my time with my patients. Their mindset is so far from our generation’s thinking. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, insight, and talent with me. I hope you can become an increasing voice for our culture to take an honest look at ourselves. Your honesty and transparency is refreshing.”
– Mary Ann Adams, PT
Centura Healthcare
Denver, CO
October 17, 2012 (an email response to my essay — The Huffington Post: “Are we trying to cure the infection or the fever?”)

“Thank you for the kind reply­. The essay­s you have publi­shed on the statu­s of gover­nance and law enfor­cemen­t is both insig­htful and thoug­ht provo­king. I enjoy­ed it.

My very best,”
– Alexa­nder Mirtc­hev, President
Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) International
Washington D.C.
November 15, 2011 (an email response to my essay — “Law enforcement and political corruption (Mobile, AL) in the 2003 cover up of a notorious child molester, Fr. Norman Rogge.”)

I was forwarded your recent commentary by a clinical staff member at Perelman School of Medicine. I am currently taking a graduate course on Faith and Reason. I would like permission to use some of your insights and comments in my final paper for the class. I am planning on discussing in the paper the relationship, or lack of, faith and reason with healthcare.”

– Cindy Diogo, C.O.T.
Clinical Care Coordinator for Oculoplastics and Ocular Oncology
Scheie Eye Institute
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
October 25, 2011 (an email response to my essay — “To: The Bazelon Center’s Exec. Director Robert Bernstein, PhD and its Board of Trustees ”)

“Read your letter to Bazelon. Wow. Just wow. Powerful, elegant yet skull cracking insight and incinerating critique. Wow.”
– David Ruben, Senior Executive Producer/Director of Audio Task Force at Talk Radio Network
Medford, OR
October 7, 2011 (an email response to my essay — “To: The Bazelon Center’s Exec. Director Robert Bernstein, PhD and its Board of Trustees ”)

“Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you…for forwarding your piece to Professor [Michael E.] Porter…we found it interesting thinking and a good read.”
– Stacie Rabinowitz, Research Associate
The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness
Harvard Business School
Cambridge, MA
June 21, 2011 (an email response to my essay — “Re: How would you reinvent Capitalism? (Corporate consciousness)”)

“Ted, I admire your perseverance. Things tend to work out for those who keep plugging away. Your stuff is solid. Good luck and best…”
– Steve LeVine, Contributing Editor
Foreign Policy magazine
Washington, DC
April 5, 2011

“…you are — of course — correct…”
– David Rosenbloom, Law Professor
New York University School of Law
New York, NY
October 3, 2010 (an email response to my essay — “Dear Jay Ambrose (his op-ed opposing tax increases)”)

“Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the Congressional Oversight Panel…”
– Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law Professor and Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel via the Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA and Washington, DC
September 29, 2009 (a letter of acknowledgement for my essay, “Corporate consciousness”, submitted to COP by Warren)

“I loved the “Why is your life so empty?” piece. It was brilliant…”
– Raegan Perea, Atlanta, GA
August 12, 2009 (an email reply to my essay — “Why is your life so empty?”)

“Hi Ted, I enjoyed browsing in your site…”
– Jake Lynch, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
The University of Sydney (Australia)
May 5, 2009 (comment made in an email exchange.)
Added to audience in December 2008

“Love your blog. Always thought provoking…” “Keep up the good work.”
– Norman Fischer, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Clark-Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
January 29, 2009 (an email in response to my essays — “Business as Usual?”) and “Success!”)
Added to audience in January 2008

“…There is serious talent there.”
– Joe Bullard, President of Joe Bullard Automotive, Mobile, AL
April 17, 2008 (a comment made to a mutual friend about me.)
Added to audience in August 2007

“…You obviously have a flair for writing as well as a keen perspective on the ever-changing Mobile and Alabama…”
– U.S. Representative Jo Bonner
1st Congressional District of Alabama
March 19, 2008 (an excerpt from Bonner’s hand-written note in response to my email to Mobile, AL Chamber of Commerce President Win Hallett — From the desk of U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner…)
Added to audience in November 2007

“Thanks for sending this essay, Ted. I am sharing it with the director of our Course of Study, Rev. Beth Luton.”
– Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics
Candler School of Theology
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
January 15, 2008 (an email in response to my essay – Freedom and Slavery – A Cycle of Life)
Added to audience in January 2008

“It’s a great piece…”
– Amy Carlisle, Features Editor, Capitol Hill’s Roll Call newspaper, Washington, DC
August 31, 2007 (an email in response to my essay — Our Soldiers, Veterans and the U.S. Government: A Real Dereliction of Duty)

“Thank you for sharing your essay with me. You have obviously given the subjects much thought.”
– Ben Brooks, Alabama state senator and Mobile, AL attorney
May 31, 2007 (an email in response to my essay –- [Alabama State] Senate Rules!)
Added to audience in May 2007

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