Orland Bishop combines an extensive study of phenomenology, western and indigenous cosmologies with a deep dedication to human rights advocacy and cultural renewal. Orland is a lineage holder in African Gnosis Traditions and works at the intersection of human consciousness and societal development. Orland is the Founder and Executive Director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, California, a unique organization of social architects and entrepreneurs devoted to creating new social forms and collaboratives for systems change.
ShadeTree’s Genesis Pathway is a human development process designed to mentor youth through self-knowledge and the creating of community. Shadetree uses the core idea of “genius to genius” mentoring which helps to reveal the inherent gifts in each individual while seeking ways for each to live productively and originally in the world.”
Orland has served as a mentor to many organizations in Los Angeles, the US and internationally. He is guided by his deep interest in ways of knowing the collective consciousness of groups and the processes of their shared agreements for healthy societal goals and structures. Orland has developed many approaches to systemic and community issues including urban conflicts, gang intervention and truce sustainability. His work has led to a more complex understanding of the economic processes that generate violence. He has worked to create pathways of economics for peace. Orland is an active member in several working groups on the futures of money and systems that leverage monetary wealth and social capital for emerging economies.