Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka, MALD Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, MBA, Individual & Societal Change, Yoga

Nathalie Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, decided to learn how to meditate on a day she was so joyful that she needed nothing more of this world.

She is the Director of Beyond Our Best a movement she cofounded with a 90 Belgian philsopher that sees crisis as an opportunity to re-invent ourselves silently after the tusami, earthquake and nuclear incident in Japan.  Her work in Singapore continues with meditation and talented Japanese artists who can elevate us with works of great beauty that inspire silence.

Today Nathalie is accompanying a few individuals committed to changing themselves, their organizations and their fields with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.  As a meditation and competence coach she tackles issues that matter most to people at their very core.

“Mediation is the core of all fundamental change and innovation,” says Ishizuka.  “Unless we meditate consciously or unconsciously, for the most part we are just repeating the past.  It is only through inner silence that we can re-invent ourselves and this world.”

“My dream is to see a world with an additional 10, 100 or 1000 people in each country who meditate at high levels and experience a competence in one field of expertise where they go far beyond a previous best.  This includes CEOs, doctors, scientists, artists, engineers, diplomats, homemakers and world leaders.  “Such an individual and collective journey may be just enough to transform ourselves and our world,” says Ishizuka.

nathalieprofile1About Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

Nathalie L. Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, sees crisis as an opportunity to re-invent ourselves.

Director Beyond Our Best, Worked over 25 years on a Psychology of Health and Happiness, Entrepreneur, Artist, Writer,  Individual & Societal Change, Yoga

M.A.L.D. Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (admin in cooperation with Harvard), M.B.A. HEC, B.A. Amherst College,summa cum laude, Article 9 of Japanese Constitution.  Keio University & Seishin Joshi Gakuin exchange.

Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka Bio

Leiko Ishizuka

Born February 22, 1970 in Paris of a French mother and Japanese father, but raised in New York, Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka is of three cultures.

Her thesis on Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution received written praise by Colonel Charles Kades, who wrote the Constitution under MacArthur, and the Doshisha Asian Studies Award.

To teach herself Japanese, Ishizuka studied at Keio University and during high school at Seishin Joshi Gakuin (all Japanese) on exchange.

After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in political science, her interest in happiness and the mind at its best, lead her to work for over twenty years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese Harvard trained psychiatrist from Keio Medical School, on psychological well-being across cultures, health, happiness and the use of individual crisis to go far beyond a previous best level of adjustment.

After working several years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, in 1995 her desire to extend assumptions about healthy human beings to other fields including economics, organizations and international affairs lead her to complete the Master’s program on Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, and an MBA at HEC in Paris, two classes on innovation and organizations at Harvard Business School and the winter program on negotiation at Harvard Law.

As a graduate student, Nathalie Ishizuka applied the health concepts (called Lifetrack) to Oliver Williamson’s theory of the firm (2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics).  The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School published her working paper dealing with Lifetrack concepts and mediation. Ishizuka’s work on psychology and the GATT (now WTO) resulted in a correspondence with Arthur Dunkel, former head of the World Trade Organization.  Her work, “Lessons from Preventive Health to Preventive Diplomacy,” received the attention of former U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali and won the Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Award from the U.N. University in Tokyo.

To teach herself about new media, and promoting health and the mind at its best through entertainment and technology, she founded in Paris a small innovative media company with Warner Music and France Telecom as principal clients.  She was about to start a third most promising firm to finance her ideas about health and happiness with a MIT engineer but life events interestingly took her on a most different and memorable route.

After the tsunami, in August of 2012 Nathalie returned to Japan to work with Japanese artists on a new philosophy in face of natural and man-made crisis.  Together with Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative Religion, she uses crisis and March 11th to imagine a New Japan.  By helping Japanese artists enjoy the process of their own creation, she believes she can create far more change than on her own.

Nathalie’s inter-disciplinary approach integrating the psychology of individuals, organizations & the nation state has lead her to work with individuals from many fields and to receive the George A. Plimpton Fellowship for the study of social, economic & political institutions.

Nathalie now lives in Singapore.  Today her work continues with meditation and talented Japanese artists who can elevate us with works of great beauty that inspire silence.  Her current interests involve deepening and broadening her work with artists and those involved in societal change including learning from individuals from India and China.

Today Nathalie is accompanying a few individuals committed to changing themselves, their organizations and their fields with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.  As a meditation and competence coach she tackles issues that matter most to people at their very core.

A highly creative thinker across disciplines, Nathalie’s strength is joy and her ability to help individuals do what they love most in a way that can benefit themselves and others.  She continues to learn from many and is a novice in all things.

Languages:  English Native. French Native.  Japanese proficient. To teach herself Japanese, Ishizuka studied at Keio University and during high school at Seishin Joshi Gakuin (all Japanese) on exchange.

Bibliography of Selected Works by Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

A Letter to Japanese Friends, Dr. Paul Briot and Leiko Ishizuka, published in English and Japanese by the chief editor of Sogensha in Osaka in 日本語臨床フォーラム, web journal dealing with psychology psychotherapy and art, 2012.

Ishizuka, Nathalie, “The Psychological Make or Buy Decision: Psychology and Transaction Cost Economics,” Boston, August 1997.  Paper presented at the Academy of Management.

“Lifetrack Assumptions about Conflict Resolution & Third Party Intervention: A Case Study of Kissinger in the Middle East,” Published as Working Paper, July 1995.  Harvard Law Program on Negotiation.

Article 9 : United Nations “Obligations” vs. Japanese Constitutional Restraints Amherst College, summa cum laude thesis, 1992. Pages 240. Copy requested for U.N. Library.  Comments by the Founder of the 1946 Japanese Constitution, Colonel Charles Kades, who wrote the draft Constitution under MacArthur. Doshisha Asian Studies Prize.

“Lessons from Preventive Health to Preventive Diplomacy” U.N. University, Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation Award for Essay, 1996.