Synopses & Reviews
Outlining the new worldview of conscious evolution, futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard has written a call to action for the current generation to fulfill its creative potential. Only in the past sixty years has humanity gained the scientific and technological powers to destroy or enhance the planet's life-support system. The current generation has the ability to abuse or conserve these powers, to act, in a way, as cocreator. Conscious Evolution reveals the path of the cocreator, born out of humanity's new powers and society's new spirituality. During this collective quantum leap of creative emergence, Hubbard says, we must quickly become capable of wise and ethical guidance of humanity's evolution itself, if life on Earth as we know it is to survive.
Originally published at the turn of the twenty-first century, Conscious Evolution offered both far-reaching vision and next-step suggestions for humanity's first steps into the next millenium. With this revised edition, Barbara Marx Hubbard brings the details up to date, making her vision more relevant than ever for twenty-first-century changemakers. She describes the increasingly important role of the Internet, discusses new initiatives in education that have been inspired by her work, and much more.
and#147;[Hubbard] is the best-informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.and#8221;
and#151; Buckminster Fuller
and#147;Barbara Marx Hubbard has given us an extraordinary guide to an enlightened society. If enough of us read this book, something phenomenal will emerge.and#8221;
and#8212; Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love
and#147;Read this book and cocreate the new American renaissance.and#8221;
and#8212; Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader
and#147;An urgent call to action from one of the truly great visionaries of our time.and#8221;
and#8212; Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God
and#147;Even more timely than when it was first released...This new edition is a key and#145;source textand#8217; for the emerging evolutionary worldview that is transforming our world.and#8221;
and#8212; from the foreword by Terry Patten, coauthor (with Ken Wilber) of Integral Life Practice
When renowned futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard first issued this groundbreaking call to action she was confronting the state of affairs at the momentous turn of the twenty-first century. Her clear-eyed, inspiring, and wide-sweeping vision of a possible and#151; and essential and#151; global renaissance at the new millennium earned her devotees in a variety of disciplines, from Marianne Williamson and Gary Zukav to Eric Utne and former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Robert Muller. Now, because the times are ever more ripe for and#151; and in need of and#151; radical reimagining, Hubbard has updated her vision. She shows how newfound scientific knowledge and technological advances can foster rather than impede transformational action. Consistently and#147;ahead of her time,and#8221; Hubbard speaks to contemporary change-makers with the wisdom of past experience and a passion for new possibility.
A Seminal Work of Visionary Hope, Updated for the 21st Century
In this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for and#8212; and in need of and#8212; fresh, creative reimagining. With her clear-eyed, inspiring, and sweeping vision of a possible global renaissance in the new millennium, Barbara Marx Hubbard shows us that our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity. This is our finest hour. Conscious Evolution highlights the tremendous potential of newfound scientific knowledge, technological advances, and compassionate spirituality and illustrates the opportunities that each of us has to fully participate in this exciting stage of human history. As we do, we will bring forth all that is within us and not only save ourselves, but evolve our world.
About the Author
Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard
"the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced." Widely regarded as his philosophical heir, Fuller is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator, and noted futurist. She is president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and one of the co-founding board members of the World Future Society. The author of several books on social and planetary evolution, she has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world. These include the 14-part television series Potentials,
where she interviewed some of our greatest futurists, including Buckminster Fuller, Norman Cousins, and Gene Roddenberry, and a DVD series of documentaries entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together.
In conjunction with the Shift Network, she co-produced a worldwide "Birth 2012" multimedia event, a turning point in highlighting the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential in humanity. As a citizen diplomat in the former Soviet Union during the 1980s, Hubbard co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new form of conferencing called SYNCON to foster synergistic convergence. In 1984 Hubbard's name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket.
Hubbard graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Political Science. She also studied at LEcole des Sciences Politiques and the Sorbonne in Paris. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
Terry Patten is a coach, consultant, teacher, and the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. He's also a member of Deepak Chopra's Evolutionary Leaders group, and worked with Ken Wilber as part of a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle. Earlier, for 15 years, he undertook a life of intensive spiritual discipline in the monastic setting of Vision Mound Seminary. Upon leaving he founded the catalog company Tools For Exploration, which defined the field of consciousness technologies. He lives in Fairfax, CA.
Neale Donald Walsch is the bestselling author of Conversations with God. He lives in Ashland, OR.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Revised Edition by Terry Patten
Foreword by Neale Donald Walsch
PART I. THE NEW STORY OF CREATION
Chapter One. The Awakening of Humanity
Chapter Two. Discovering the Importance of the New Story
Chapter Three. The Evolutionary Spiral
Chapter Four. Our Crisis Is a Birth
PART II. CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION: A NEW WORLDVIEW
Chapter Five. Conscious Evolution
Chapter Six. Exploring the Meaning of Conscious Evolution
Chapter Seven. The Fabric of Civilization
Chapter Eight. Embracing Conscious Evolution
PART III. THE SOCIAL POTENTIAL MOVEMENT
Chapter Nine. From the Human Potential to the Social Potential Movement
Chapter Ten. Testing the Waters
Chapter Eleven. A Spirit-Motivated Processlan of Action for the 21st Century
Chapter Twelve. A Pattern of Transformation Revealed
Chapter Thirteen. The NewNews
Chapter Fourteen. Education for Conscious Evolution
PART IV. THE GREAT AWAKENING
Chapter Fifteen. The Great Awakening: A Planetary Birth Experience in Our Lifetimes
Chapter Sixteen. The Cocreative Society Revealed
Afterword: A Call to Action
Appendix: The Evolutionary Communion and Evolutionary Chakra Meditations
About the Foundation for Conscious Evolution
About the Author