Jean Houston

Currently the Chair of the United Palace of Spiritual Arts in New York City and Chancellor of Meridian University, Jean Houston, Ph.D., scholar, philosopher, and researcher in Human Capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. Long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement, Jean is the author of over 30 books and her works have been lauded as a visionary synthesis of cutting-edge science and ageless wisdom. They include A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved, Life Force, The Possible Human, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, Jump Time, Manual of the Peacemaker, The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons From Oz, What is Consciousness, and, most recently the number one bestseller on Amazon, The Future Human). Known for her inter-disciplinary perspective, Jean worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and led programs for major organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, and NASA, as well as collaborating with global state leaders, leading educational institutions, and multinational corporations to provide guidance for millions of people seeking to enhance and deepen their own uniqueness. She has been a key player in the empowerment of women around the world and was awarded the Synergy Superstar Award 2020 by the Source of Synergy Foundation for her exemplary work inspiring us to source our highest human capacities. Her current interests involve whole systems design for the thrivability of civilization by applying cutting edge science and praxis from the fields of informational dynamics, cosmology, quantum physics, evolutionary development, depth psychology, and social innovation. Jean Houston is also a respected member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group, along with her friends, Deepak Chopra, Kurt Johnson, Lynn McTaggart, Jude Currivan and Heather Shea. (

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