Said E. Dawlabani

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Said Elias Dawlabani
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Born 1962
Nationality Lebanese American
Alma mater Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Known for MEMEnomics, Spiral Dynamics, Value system

Said Elias Dawlabani (born 1962) is a Lebanese American cultural economist, author, theorist, consultant and a highly sought after public speaker who specializes in macromemetic systems and cultural change based on the value-systems approach. He is the author of the widely popular book MEMEnomics: The Next-Generation Economic System


A real estate developer[1] turned social entrepreneur, Dawlabani has a prominent 25-year career in the brokerage, development and investment counseling sectors of the real estate industry in the United States. He is the founder of The Memenomics Group,[2] an advisory organization that reframes economic issues through the prism of value systems and offers sustainable solutions based on this emerging science. Since 2003 he has worked closely with global geopolitical advisor Dr. Don E. Beck, one of the architects behind South Africa's transition from apartheid and co-author of Spiral Dynamics, the most authoritative theory on value systems.

Dawlabani is the COO and member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Human Emergence Middle East,[3] a think tank that frames political and economic issues facing the region through the prism of value systems. He has been invited to share his value-systems framework on economics at the World Affairs Councils of America, the American Society for Training and Development and the Annual Meeting of the World Future Society. He is a guest speaker on the topic of transformational leadership for several graduate schools, including the Adizes Graduate School[4] in Santa Barbara, California, and the University of Virginia.[5]


Dawlabani is the author of the 2013 book MEMEnomics: The Next-Generation Economic System. The book was a finalist in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award that honors freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit.[6] A book critic compared Dawlabani's writings to the works of Peter Lynch, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffet[7] His framework for the future of the US economy has garnered high acclaims from leaders as diverse as Howard Putnam,[8] former CEO of Southwest Airlines, renowned economist Hazel Henderson, New York Times best selling author Deepak Chopra, and leadership pioneer Frances Hesselbein. He has also authored several white papers on the use of the value systems approach to economic policy[9] and geopolitical strategy.[10][11] He is an active contributor to The Huffington Post, has been a guest writer on social psychology[12] and related subjects.[13] Dawlabani has also been a guest on radio programs on NPR[14][15] and Voice of America,[16] that focus on a whole-systems approach to economic strategy. He has been quoted by many prominent publications including Newsweek,[17] The Christian Science Monitor[18] and many others [19][20][21] on his views on values systems and the economy in the US, China, Japan, and in the Middle East.

Personal History

Said E. Dawlabani is a descendent of the Bishop of Antioch Philexinos Yohana Dawlabani,[22] a theologian and poet who published more than 70 works and translations of Christian scholarship. The Bishop was among the few early 20th century Christians to translate the Bible from Aramaic and Greek to Arabic and Turkish. Dawlabani is married to Elza Maalouf. They reside in La Jolla, California.


  1. [1], website
  2. [2] MEMEnomics Group website
  3. [3] Center for Human Emergence Middle East, website
  4. [4] Adizes Graduate, website
  5. [5] University of Virginia, website
  6. [6] The Eric Hoffer Award website
  7. [7], website
  8. [8] Howard Putuman Homepage
  9. [9] Integral Leadership Review, article, "Economic Policy and Global Value Systems", by Said E. Dawlabani
  10. [10] Integral Leadership Review: Notes from the Field, "Natural Design Solutions for Indigenous Cultures: The Next Frontier in Geo-Political Strategy", by Said E. Dawlabani
  11. [11] Kosmos magazine, "The Arab Spring: A Mythological Journey or a Myth", by Said E. Dawlabani
  12. [12] Keith E. Rice Integrated SocioPsychology Blog, article, "To Understand the Value Systems of Syria, Look to Lebanon", by Said E. Dawlabani
  13. [13] Integral Options Cafe, "What Investment Means to Different Cultural Value Systems", by Said E. Dawlabani
  14. [14] North Carolina Central University, August 7: Mastering Your Money, Ed Fulbright Program of the Week
  15. [15] Public Radio Exchange, IdeaSphere: A Platform for Today's Voices, Guy Rathbun
  16. [16] Voice of America, produced by Jim Randle
  17. [17] Newsweek Magazine website
  18. [18] Christian Science Monitor website
  19. [19] How China Can Harness Its History & Overcome Its ‘Great Wall’ Slowdown, by Connor Adams Sheets, August 9, 2013
  20. [20] Surprise! You Can Now do Tokyo On The Cheap Thanks To 'Abenomics', by Connor Adams Sheets, July 15, 2013
  21. [21] Surprise! You Can Now do Tokyo On The Cheap Thanks To 'Abenomics', Edited by Bill Hurley, July 20, 2013
  22. [22] Mor Philoxenos Yuhanon Dolabani, Malankra Syriac Christian Resources, biographical webpage

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