Michael Lissack

Applied Philosopher of Science, Wall Street Whistleblower, Serial Entrepreneur, Professor of Design Innovation & Management

Michael Lissack is the executive director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE), President of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC), the ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations, Professor of Design and Innovation at Tongji University (Shanghai), a Visiting Fellow at the Hull University Business School, an Affiliate Member of the Center for Philosophy & History of Science at Boston University, and a serial entrepreneur. He was the first Walter J. Hickel Professor at Alaska Pacific University. Dr. Lissack founded both a non-profit research institute and a charity for artists, launched an international PhD program in corporate anthropology, has written half dozen books, been a successful Wall Street banker, and a candidate for public office. He has taught at a number of academic institutions in the US and Europe, run ten international conferences on the topics of explanation, complexity, management, health care, entanglement and ethics and founded a successful academic journal (E:CO). Worth Magazine recognized Dr. Lissack as one of "Wall Street's 25 Smartest Players" in 1999 and as one of the 100 Americans who have most influenced "how we think about money" in 2001. His most recent invention - an Internet research reference librarian replacement can be found at Dr. Lissack’s smartphone apps dealing with anti-bullying, sexual assault and sexual consent are being used throughout the United States. His most recent academic work can be found at and