SKYE HIRST, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder of The Autognomics Institute (TAI), 1992,
Personal and Executive Coach, Consultant, Researcher, Philosopher, Facilitator, Speaker, Host of Life IS
Conversations, Spiritual and Health Consultant and Jin Shin Jyutsu Bio Suble-Energy Practitioner.
As President and Co-Founder of TAI, a not-for profit research and education
organization, Skye has been
innovation and coordination manager of research, web-site documentation, and
intellectual property manager and host of learning conversations towards new
science of Life-itself. New work is soon to be published of TAI's research on Living Processes and Natural
Laws. Currently a new work group is forming a Life Is.. think tank where
learning-conversations, collaboration and knowledge-labs are growing a new mind
for emerging world-view of life,
living ways and consciousness.
With a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Kansas and
a Ph.D. in Human Dynamics & Communication from Ohio’s Union Institute and
University, Skye consults in USA and internationally with both individuals and
organizations. Her clients include CEOs, business owners, managers, social
entrepreneurs, IT specialists, artists and musicians, philanthropists,
educators, and conductors. Helping
them to bring their personal best into focus for peak performance and deepest
fulfillment, her consulting includes team building, communications,
presentation-skills, sales, facilitation, negotiation, public relations,
community relations, outreach and collaboration, Open Space Technology. Her clients
include Start-ups, Small Businesses, Social Entrepreneurships, Fortune 500
Companies, Public Agencies, Philanthropies, Small Communities, and Non-profits
throughout the U.S. including State Arts Councils and the National Endowment
for the Arts.
As Executive and Personal Consultant, Skye is a
sounding board and personal resource to clients in helping them identify
their focus, their personal mission vision in alignment with their true natures, using all
the best ways of life-knowing discovery possible in the process. One of the tools Skye uses is the Hartman
Value Inventory (HVI) which helps clients know about their value vision and HOW
they use valuing in making life decisions, choices and communicating from their
SKYE HIRST, Ph.D. continued
As Skye learned early from her acting
training, there is an authentic self in each of us seeking to act with greatest
integrity, and value intelligence.
As individuals feel an alignment, a “home place” within themselves, they
present a confidence and flow that is compelling, impactful and effective. It’s
like getting connected to an inner GPS in decision-making, problem solving and
communicating for finding effective actions in any context. The results are
peak performance at many levels and deep satisfaction and fulfillment.
Education and background experience:
About SKYE HIRST, Ph.D.
Skye’s investigation has
focused on human relations communication.
For over 30 years, she has consulted to industry, governmental agencies,
non-profit organizations and individuals from all fields. Some of her clients have included
AT&T, ABC Television, Mobil Oil Corp., Exxon Chemical Company, IBM Data
Systems Division, McCann-Erickson, Inc., Cornell University, Bermuda Chamber of
Commerce, the Kentucky and North Carolina State Arts Councils, and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
In 1979, Dr. Hirst founded
and managed Communication Advisory Services, a consulting firm that provided
training and development to groups and individuals to increase communication
effectiveness as it applies to business management, sales and marketing
efforts, personal presentation, teamwork, group dynamics, morale, motivation,
customer relations, leadership, career promotion, interviewing, and personal
In 1983, Dr. Hirst realized
that the then “state-of-the-art” communication methods were incomplete. At that time she began a new
investigation into values, perception and how people learn. Building on her Ph.D. research in
authentic communication, Dr. Hirst worked within a wide variety of communities
to study motivations within children and adults. Some of her projects included work with urban “street” kids
at The Dome Project in New York City, senior citizens groups, performing and
visual artists, women’s groups, and philanthropists.
In 1987, she conducted a
study, commissioned by David Rockefeller, Jr., of successful alternative
education approaches. She met with educators and leaders from all over the US.
She assembled a committee of leading edge educators who authored a report and
recommendations for education reform based upon insights in recent brain/mind
research of the previous 15 years.
Late in 1987, Dr. Hirst was
introduced to the work of Chilean biologists, Varela and Maturana in
Autopoiesis and Robert Hartman’s Value Theory when she met Norman Hirst. These emerging disciplines provided an encompassing
explanation for her previous experience and research findings.
Skye joined with Norman
Hirst to establish The Autognomics Institute in 1992. Dr. Hirst applies her
research in “living systems theory” to providing programs on Creativity in
Business and Intrinsic Motivation in Learning and Personal Development Coaching
and Counseling. In 1994 Skye
did a Violence Study Project bringing together “front liners” to build
understanding of the common sources of violence.
Her most recent articles are
A Position Paper on Education
From a Value Perspective, The Instrinsic Self;
What is it? and Questions About Violence In All of Us.
She has had additional training in bioenergetics therapy,
career counseling, gestalt counseling, stress management, business management,
sales and marketing. She is a certified Axiological counselor using the Hartman
With 38 years of practice and training, Dr.
Hirst is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner having worked with
individuals, families, teachers and professionals to bring balance and health
to mind and body through the use of self-discovery, health education and subtle energy balancing.
Skye is an advocate and facilitator for Open Space
Technology, founded by Harrison Owen.
OST is a participant-driven, organic, self-organizing process being used
world-wide for meetings, conferencing, community change, planning,
problem solving, where there are issues and challenges of complexity, urgency
and passion. http://www.openspaceworld.org
As practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) for over 38 years,
Skye applies ancient tradition and wisdom of the East, Asian and
Indian forms of healing at the bio-field energy levels. Having experienced
life-saving healings herself through these methodologies, she helps others to
find healthful guidance and coherence balancing using these gifts from the
In addition to her practice
of JSJ she also uses felt sense focusing; a releasing technique inspired by the
Sedona Method, self-knowing imagery awareness, and the Hartman Value
Inventory from which Skye draws to further her discovery and inquiry of Life’s ways at the individual level.
Skye came to Maine to work and live in its beauty where the
quality of life is of high value and people take time to know their neighbors
and work at democracy and protect the living environment.