Caroline Bassett, PhD. is founder and director of The Wisdom Institute which helps people move more intentionally toward wisdom in their organizations, communities, and lives — through research, conversation, writing, and giving talks and seminars. She also teaches at two distance learning universities and is a certified Master Gardener and avid tango dancer. You can view the website of TWI at, and Carrie can be reached at


Elder Wisdom

Just because you are an elder [or] you are smart doesnít mean you are wise... We all know people who are really intelligent, but they just arenít wise, either in the sense of prudence... or in the sense of insight... So, what does make you wise? [And] what is wise, anyway? ...

Fall 2009 Issue

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