- BA, Muhlenberg College, PA
- MED, Montclair State University, NJ
- MAPP, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Location: Philadelphia, PA TEACHES: Los Angeles, CA & CAPP Online
Louis has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his toolkit is stocked with the applied sciences of wellbeing, success, neurobiology, appreciative inquiry, biomimicry, multiple intelligences, systems theories, and mindfulness. He consults in learning organizations to optimize culture, wellness, engagement, and performance. Louis is cofounder of The Flourishing Center’s 6-month Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program offered in 13 cities across the US and Canada. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center whose mission is to catalyze human wellbeing by promoting the science and practices that lead to lives of vitality, purpose, and resilience. He has facilitated city- and community-wide interventions leveraging applied social and systems sciences and building social-emotional leadership. He is currently pursuing his PhD in positive organizational psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
You can learn more about Louis by visiting www.LouisAlloro.com
All of my life, I have wondered how change really occurs.
Given that as dynamic beings we change every second of everyday, I suppose the real questions are: In which direction do we move? Are we growing? Are we learning? Are we moving in “upward spirals” towards increased well-being, spiraling downward to worsened states, or just resting in place with complacency? What kinds of movement do our environments (cultures, traditions, institutions, society) encourage?
My journey through two masters programs, one in the foundations of education and the other in Positive Psychology, were driven by questions regarding how positive, sustainable social and cultural change really happens, particularly for schools and communities. As both a student and a teacher, I was dismayed by school cultures. From both sides of the desk, I found them to be marginalizing and largely uninspiring. Certainly this is not the way it could or ought to be. Is it just the way it is, I thought, or to what extent can a group of people intentionally and proactively create new, perhaps more positive social-cultural realities – better realities? My hypothesis is that positive and sustainable institutional change is possible, but must emerge from within primary networks (such as families, or any group with history and tradition, even a book club) and from the ground-up by Social-Emotional Leaders who stand up to look out for the well-being of others.
Today my work is in learning organizations of all kinds — empowering people to empower other people to live life better.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Ghandi
Words of Wisdom:
Morning ritual is coffee (French press!), and then to exercise and meditate as many days as I can. I like to give myself until noon for “Louis time” and then use the afternoons and evenings to schedule meetings, appointments, and classes.
A Little Known Fact About Me…
I was born an unexpected twin and breech. The doctor left the delivery room before I was born. When the nurse came to clean up, she had to call him back: “Doctor, there’s another baby in here!”
What Students Are Saying:
“Louis brings a mastery of the material he is teaching and embodies the material. He has a sharp intellect, dynamic presence and warm accessibility that makes being in a classroom with him a pure joy. He is brave in how he uses examples from his life to deepen the learning and create a transformational experience.”
– Ginger Legon, CAPP
“Working with Louis has been a blessing, truthfully. It has changed my worldview and given me a new sense of depth, enrichment and meaning to my life, what I experience, contribute to others and the universe.”
– Kiran Rouze