Pamela Ryan, PhD, is an international change maker with the rare ability to envision multiple possible global futures at once. Combine that capacity with her holistic mind, global connections, academic credentials, and resonance with people living in challenging predicaments, and the result is a powerhouse for positive impact around the globe — and none too soon, as humankind hurls towards a perilous future and the planet buckles under escalating pressure.
A licensed psychologist in her birth country, Australia, for 30 years and a dual citizen of Australia and the USA, Dr. Ryan’s unique skill set and diverse experiences have been applied in psychosocial, business and political arenas around the world. Today, Dr. Ryan is committed to facilitating net positive impacts. Understanding that the new normal cascade of catastrophic weather events signals an existential threat to humanity, she radiates hope. She facilitates audiences, readers, and change makers around the world to envision how our futures could unfold differently — if and only if we identify pivotal actions that can redirect our trajectories.
Her new book, Impact Imperative, is an inspiring guide to more optimal futures — and exudes a sense of the active purpose it will take to positively impact which future eventuates for humanity and the earth. The product of Pamela’s travels to find change makers enacting positive impacts around the world — part of a five year global research project that included a partnership with the Institute For The Future in Palo Alto, California — Impact Imperative shares insights from 130+ impact change makers on how to navigate the challenges ahead.
Pamela’s sharpened focus on impact is new, but she has been positively impacting the world for over two decades. In the late 1990’s she founded global research institute, Issues Deliberation Australia / America generating a formidable body of work on Aboriginal reconciliation, Australia’s constitutional future, human rights law, parliamentary reform, the psychology of fear and terror, and Muslim relations. In the early 2000s, she founded Psychology Beyond Borders, a pioneering international NGO dedicated to the study and relief of the psycho-social impact of disasters acts of terror and war. Pamela founded and has chaired the Tingari-Silverton Foundation since its inception in 2001, which supports positive impact initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. Since 2011, Dr. Ryan has managed the Tingari Group of business ventures and investments.
Dr. Ryan was born in Broken Hill, a remote Australian mining town. She graduated from the University of Adelaide’s Applied Psychology program and practiced as a psychologist in Australia before moving to Austin, Texas in the mid 1980s. In 1994, she earned her Doctorate from the University of Texas. Her research on the psychology of decision-making in the US venture capital industry won an international Academy of Management Best Paper Award. Dr. Ryan sustains her strong ties to academia as a Research Fellow at both the Universities of Texas and South Australia. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her work, inducted into the Women’s Honour Role of South Australia and listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women. Dr. Ryan was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to Australia and the field of psychology. She also earned her private pilot’s license. Dr. Ryan shares her time between Australia and the USA. She has two daughters who are daily affirmation of our responsibility to be positive impactors (mindful ancestors) for the generations to come.
“Pam Ryan is an exceptional and remarkable person with a combination of intelligence and empathy. She is a force for good in the advancement of humankind in a challenging world.”
Bob Hawke – Former Prime Minister of Australia
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