Integral Review

A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal For New Thought, Research, and Praxis

Nancy Roof

Dr. Roof is Founding President of Kosmos Associates Inc. She has been in consultative status with ECOSOC at the United Nations since 1988 where she has lobbied for global values, lifelong learning and spirituality in major United Nations Conferences that set global standards. She co-founded the Values Caucus at the United Nations in 1994 with the help of Ambassador Somavia of Chile (now Secretary General of ILO) and co-founded the Spiritual Caucus at the UN in 2000 for the purpose of bringing contemplation into UN deliberations.


She was a key speaker addressing 184 governments at the World Social Forum in Copenhagen on the importance of values in global policy. She co-designed and was a speaker at the first Ethics Conference at the United Nations with 27 countries as patrons. She is a contributor to Visions for a New Civilization: Spiritual and Ethical Values for the New Millennium with her United Nations and UNESCO Colleagues.She was a key speaker with International Governmental Ministers of Culture at the United Nations World Culture Open Forum on the theme of an integral approach to global affairs and the role of culture in peace.

Kosmos is a founding partner of the worldwide initiative, Creating the New Civilization, launched by the Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, November 2005 with the Gorbachev Foundation, Club of Budapest, Club of Rome, Commission on Global Spirituality and Consciousness and World Wisdom Council. She is the first Media Ambassador invited to participate in the World Wisdom Council.

Her testimony to the U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the UN was included in the final report sent to the President and Congress. Her testimony emphasized the need for including the human dimension in global policy.

Dr. Roof designed, implemented, and pioneered the first training programs in the former Yugoslavia on secondary traumatic stress in war zones. The program trained trainers of 78 organizations, including the United Nations, Red Cross, Governments, Doctors Without Borders, and local groups in three different locations. The program is now being used as a model in other War Zones. She published a widely distributed workbook for further self-training entitled The Impact of War on Humanitarian Service Providers.

In 1970 she co-founded The Mountain School, to teach meditation and interior spiritual practices from a variety of religious traditions. She co-founded an alternative medicine practice where she worked with medical doctors on the mind/body relationship. Dr. Roof founded and developed the first Transpersonal Psychology training programs on the East Coast at Beacon College MA program in 1980. She had a flourishing private practice in individual in-depth psychology based on the psychology she developed combining Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices.

She has designed numerous workshops and been a key speaker at the UN and at many professional international conferences. She is now initiating salons and conversation groups around the themes of Kosmos Journal. She is a member of the President’s Club of the Integral Institute (Ken Wilber), a founding member of Integral Sustainability at the Integral Institute, a founding partner of the global initiative on Creating a New Civilization, Vice-President of Lifebridge Foundation, Advisory Board of Ethical Markets (Hazel Henderson), Co-Founder of both the Values Caucus (1994) and the Spiritual Caucus (2000) at the United Nations, author of numerous published articles on spirituality and global affairs and the first Media Ambassador to the World Wisdom Council of the Club of Budapest and a Founding Member of the World Wisdom Alliance.  She has recently been invited to speak at Mikhail Gorbachev’s World Political Forum.

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