Said E. Dawlabani

Said E. Dawlabani

Said Elias Dawlabani is a cultural economist, public speaker, trainer and writer specializing in the Gravesian approach to value systems and cultural change. He is the author of the 2013 book MEMEnomics, The Next-Generation Economic System. His writings in the field of finance have been compared to those of Peter Lynch, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffet. His work has been translated to several languages including Korean, Mandarin, German and Russian. He has given keynote speeches about the Gravesian approach to sustainability in many parts of the world.

Dawlabani is the founder of The Memenomics Group that frames organizational and cultural change issues through the Gravesian model. He works closely with renowned geopolitical adviser Dr. Don E. Beck, Graves’ successor and one of the architects behind South Africa’s transition from Apartheid and co-author of Spiral Dynamics, the most authoritative theory on value systems and change. Before teaming up with Beck, Dawlabani had a prominent career in the brokerage, development and investment counseling sectors of the real estate industry.

He is a prolific blogger and an active contributor to The Huffington Post, The Integral Leadership Review and other publications. His work is featured in the Leader to Leader Journal. He has been a guest on several radio programs including NPR, PRN, and Voice of America offering his value systems perspective on economics and politics. He’s been quoted by prominent print media like Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and others on his views on economic systems in the US, China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.

Dawlabani is past COO and member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Human Emergence Middle East, a think tank that frames political and economic issues facing the region through the prism of value systems. His past activities include being a guest speaker on the topic of transformational leadership at the Adizes Graduate School in Santa Barbara, and the University of Virginia. He can be reached at

Paradise Lost | The Sequel

Journal Article

Just as we’ve mapped earth’s geography to the last square block, we need to do the same with its ecology. A new breed of global power brokers needs to create this new mapping with the goal of it becoming a planetary vital signs monitor that is easily accessible to us all.

MEMEnomics: The Next-Generation Economic System


MEMEnomics: The Next-Generation Economic System, represents a culmination of ten years of work. Five of these years were spent doing research and analysis on how to present a fresh approach to economic development. What emerged was a whole systems, integrated model that places economic activity into an evolutionary framework that advances the field of bio-psychosocial development originally pioneered by psychologist Clare W. Graves. MEMEnomics pioneers the applications of Graves’ values- systems model and the work of his successor Don Beck into the long-established field of economics.

The Arab Spring: A Mythological Journey or a Myth?


The celebration of Ramadan in the Arab World in 2011 has been unlike any other Ramadan in recent memory. For the proceeding five years every night during this holy month of fasting the Arab street was glued to their TV’s watching a drama series called Bab El Hara, which loosely translates to ‘The Neighborhood Gate.’ The show is about local heroes in Damascus defending their ancestral homes against the tyranny of French colonialists. This Ramadan, the highest rated TV viewership is the trial of a tyrant who’s not a colonialist but is one of their own, Hosni Mubarak.