OUR THOUGHT LEADERS

Thought leaders sharing their insights and living wisdoms and helping us to see our next steps in evolutionary change

We are a team of thought leaders with backgrounds in science, XXXXX who have found each other in the central issue of our times – we are living in a time of evolutionary change in which we humans are charged to discover their part in contributing to a new time.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, scientist, international educator and renowned as a pioneer in the emerging paradigm based in science, spirituality, social policy and human potential.  The United Kingdom’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 7th consecutive year, and he is a 2020 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award, established to honor “outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.”

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.  Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 89 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.  TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Jude Currivan

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. Having grown up as the daughter of a coal miner in the north of England, she has since journeyed to more than seventy countries around the world and for the last nearly twenty years has lived in the sacred landscape of Avebury. She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood and worked with the wisdom keepers both incarnate and discarnate of many traditions.

Jude integrates leading edge science, research into consciousness and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic wholeworld-view. This underpins her work aimed at enabling transformational and emergent resolutions to our collective planetary issues, raising awareness and empowering fundamental change and sustainable solutions to global problems.

She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies and a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford University specialising in cosmology and quantum physics.

She is the author of six non-fiction books currently available in 15 languages and 25 countries including CosMos – a co-creator’s guide to the whole-world co-authored with Dr Ervin Laszlo. Her first fictionalised e-book Legacy is available at amazon.

Her latest is The Cosmic Hologram- In-formation at the Center of Creation, the first book of the Transformation trilogy and which won a silver Nautilus Book Award for 2017. She is currently writing book two Gaia: Her-Story.

Her international corporate career culminated in her being the Group Finance Director of two major international businesses. She has extensive experience and knowledge of world events, international politics and global economic and financial systems and has spoken on transformational reforms in the UK, US, Europe, Japan and South Korea.

For the last seventeen years she has also travelled around the world in service to planetary and collective healing, some of which is described in her books The 8th ChakraThe 13th Step and most recently HOPE – Healing Our People & Earth.

In 2010 she was presented with a CIRCLE Award by WON  Buddhism International cited for her ‘outstanding contribution towards planetary healing and expanding new forms of consciousness’.

In 2014 she was invited to become a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle that includes Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Jean Houston.

Kurt Johnson

Dr. Kurt Johnson has worked in professional science and comparative religion over 40 years. A prominent figure on international committees, particularly at the United Nations, he is author of the influential book The Coming Interspiritual Age (2013) and two award-winning books in science: Nabokov’s Blues (2000) and Fine Lines (2015) (Brian Boyd Prize, 2019).

Kurt has served on the faculty of New York’s Interfaith Seminary for 12 years and, for 25 years was associated with the American Museum of Natural History. He is host for the Convergence series on VoiceAmerica and publisher of three magazines: The Convergence, Light on Light, and Conscious Business.

A partner in UNITY EARTH, Kurt is ordained, or certified, in five religious traditions. He has a PhD in Evolution and Ecology and is author of over 200 scientific articles and seven books. A former monastic, is he a member or founder of the Evolutionary Leaders, Association of Transformational Leaders, international Contemplative Alliance, Gaiafield and Subtle Activism Networks,  Self Care to Earth Care network, UN NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, NGO Forum 21 Institute, the UN Committee for International Yoga Day, and is President of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Diane Williams

Diane Williams says she was inspired to start the Source of Synergy Foundation to support the awakening of the human spirit and to help accelerate the combustion of synergy so that together we can tap into the infinite source of unified consciousness, creativity and potential and, as a result, become a greater collective force for positive change.
She became chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns in New York and co-created the Sacred Place at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development. She has brought together global and evolutionary leaders in retreat so they can deepen the connection among them to become a greater collective force for transformation.

David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He is widely known for his fundamental contributions to evolutionary science and for explaining evolution to the general public.

His books include Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our LivesDarwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society; and Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (with Elliot Sober). In addition to his own research, Dr. Wilson manages programs that expand the scope of evolutionary science in higher education, public policy, community-based research, and the study of religion.

Mindahi Bastida

Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is Director of the Original Caretakers program at the Center for Earth Ethics.

He serves as the General Coordinator of the Otomi-Toltec Regional Council in Mexico. He is a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi-Toltec Peoples, and has been a Ceremonial Officer since 1988. Born in San Pedro Tultepec, Mexico State, he holds a PhD in Rural Development by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and a Masters in Political Science by Carleton University. Bastida Muñoz has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment. He has written on the relationship between the State and Indigenous Peoples, intercultural education, sacred sites, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics.

Karenna Gore

Karenna Gore is the founder and director of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological Seminary. The Center for Earth Ethics bridges the worlds of religion, academia, policy and culture to discern and pursue the changes that are necessary to stop ecological destruction and create a society that values the long-term health of the whole. She is also an ex officio member of the faculty of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Ms. Gore’s previous experience includes serving as director of Union Forum at Union Theological Seminary, legal work at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families, and serving as director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) and Riverkeeper. She has also worked as a writer and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. Ms. Gore is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary.

Nina Meyerhof

Nina Meyerhof is the founder of Children of the Earth (COE), a worldwide organization that inspires, connects, and empowers youth working for peace both locally and globally. A school administrator with a doctorate in Educational Policy, Research and Administration focused on self-esteem, Nina worked as Vermont’s Special Education District Coordinator for 17 years and wanted to put her philosophies into action. In 1970, she established Heart’s Bend, a values-oriented children’s summer camp on her 120-acre farm that she ran for 30 years. She became deeply inspired by youth-led action resulting from empowered youth that she worked with. In time, she came to recognize the need for children’s voices to be present in world forums, and in 1990, founded Children of the Earth (COE), a UN NGO non-profit organization. Its mission was to offer young people around the world an opportunity to realize that personal empowerment leads to inner peace that then fosters outer peace.

Launching COE transformed Nina’s career and she has since become a foremost educator and pioneer in uniting global consciousness among the world’s youth. Nina’s innovative work in peace and sustainability through educational methodologies has reached young people in over 60 countries, and continues to grow.

Nina co-authored the book, Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom; developed a one of a kind handbook entitled, Pioneering Spiritual Activism, grounded in methodologies that she created – Reflect, Connect, Act, which constitutes a learning process designed to consolidate spiritual growth and societal actions. Nina is also recognized among educators for having developed two constructs called Conflict-Transcendence, which goes beyond conflict resolution and Lateral Leadership Governance Structure for working in groups.

COE youth have formed Social Action Chapters and Spirit Youth Hubs in over 30 countries that focus on local peace initiatives, environmental concerns, educational programs, economic opportunities and spiritual development. COE has been bringing youth together for 23 years, providing community and networking opportunities to young leaders who are committed to positive global changes; and this work continues to grow. COE’s goal is to support and link a network of young leaders as a global family committed to actualizing their personal intention, becoming inspired to altruism and weaving a web that bridges all personal, cultural, national and religious divides.

At the age of 71, Nina is still building her legacy by launching the next phase of COE.

Audrey Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa, JD, is the President/Founder of the International Academy for Transcultural Cooperation, the President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.  She is the current Chair of the UN Task Force and the Programmatic Areas Standing Committee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

She is a United Nations Representative for the United Religions Initiative, and Chair Emerita of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, A Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations.

She has been listed in Who’s Who Of American Law, Who’s Who Of American Women, Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.

She is the recipient of the Medal “Pride of Eurasia” and a Diploma from the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University for her outstanding contribution to the development of spiritual culture and education in Eurasia.

She is the recipient of the Spirit of the UN Award which is given to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated the vision and spirit of the United Nations as expressed through the UN Charter, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

She was conferred an Honorary Interfaith Minister degree by the New Seminary.

Steve McIntosh

Steve McIntosh, J.D. is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of Developmental Politics—How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself (Paragon House, 2020)He is president and cofounder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank, which focuses on the cultural roots of America’s political problems.

Steve is also coauthor, with John Mackey and Carter Phipps, of the forthcoming book: Conscious Leadership—Elevating Humanity Through Business (Penguin/Portfolio, September 2020). He has authored three previous books on integral philosophy: The Presence of the Infinite (Quest, 2015), Evolution’s Purpose (Select Books, 2012), and Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution (Paragon House, 2007).

Stephan Dinan

Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 700,000 people worldwide, with customers in 150 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 50 core faculty and 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, indigenous wisdom, and sustainability.

Stephen is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (East-West Psychology). He helped create and directed the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. As the former director of membership and marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program and the One Minute Shift media series.

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