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Barbara Marx Hubbard has been a pioneer in positive options for the future of humanity for forty years. A public speaker, author, and social innovator, she is president and executive director of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.

She has been instrumental in the founding of many future-oriented organizations, including the World Future Society, New Dimensions Radio, Global Family, Women of Vision In Action, The Foundation for the Future, and the Association for Global New Thought.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, with a B.A. cum laude in Political Science, she studied at the Sorbonne and L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris. She was awarded the first Doctor of Conscious Evolution degree from Emerson Theological Institute.

In the 1960’s she published one of the first newsletters on evolutionary transformation called The Center Letter, with the support of Dr. Abraham H. Maslow, founder of Humanistic Psychology. She worked closely with Dr. Jonas Salk and was one of the original contributors to the Salk Institute. In the 70’s she co-founded the Committee for the Future in Washington, D.C. which developed the New Worlds Educational and Training Center, based on her work. She co-produced twenty-five SYNCON (Synergistic Convergence) conferences to bring together people from every field and function to seek common goals and match needs and resources in the light of the growing potentials of humanity. She wrote and presented the Theater for the Future, a multi-media story of creation culminating in “Previews of Coming Attractions—what it might be like if everything worked".

In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice-presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. She proposed a Peace Room in the White House and throughout the world, to scan for, map, connect, and communicate what is working. She was one of the original directors of the Center for Soviet American Dialogue and served as a citizen diplomat during the late 80’s.

Her books include Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential , and Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence . She is the mother of five and the grandmother of six, and resides in Santa Barbara, California.


  • "Synergistic Democracy" with Barbara Marx Hubbard

    Join host Stephen Dinan for a fascinating discussion with an inspiring evolutionary. A pioneer in human potential for many years, Barbara has a revolutionary vision for reformulating democracy from the grassroots up so that it is more solution-oriented, collaborative and effective.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2009-02-03
    • 01:01:50
  • Great Shift Dialogue: Barbara Marx Hubbard and Stephen Dinan

    Futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard is on a mission of conscious evolution, one that was templated in her cells in an experience of what she calls the planetary birth. In her dialogue with Shift in Action founder Stephen Dinan, a remarkable sense of co-creative joy bubbles forth as they discuss subjects from the evolution of new political perspectives to the emergence of Christianity 2.0.

    • Interviews
    • 2008-02-01
    • 00:54:12
  • "Conscious Evolution" with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Teresa Collins (excerpt)

    This teleseminar offers a live dialogue with futurist and author Barbara Marx Hubbard and her collaborator Teresa Collins, co-creator of the Gateway to Conscious Evolution program.

    • Shorts
    • 2007-02-21
    • 00:04:25
  • Intention Downloads Interview: Barbara Marx Hubbard

    Barbara Marx Hubbard has long been a visionary leader, helping us all to imagine a bold and evolutionary future that we can co-create. In this interview with IONS President James O’Dea, she explores the power of entering into imaginal realms in order to link our creative intent with the power of the universe.

    • Interviews
    • 2006-06-01
    • 00:33:40
  • "Conscious Evolution" with Barbara Marx Hubbard

    Awakening Our Social Potential

    "The first step in a plan of action to bring our planet from the current crisis and opportunities to its immeasurable future would be to understand, know, and communicate a new story of creation." Barbara offers perspectives to help us to understand the life-cycle, crises, and opportunities of our planetary organism.

    • Lectures
    • 1997-07-10
    • 00:46:01


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