How can a heavily challenged humanity live more wisely in the
The Psychology of Future Consciousness: Flourishing in the Flow of Evolution by Tom Lombardo. How do we create a good future? This deceptively simple question is the central challenge of human life, and the central issue motivating the professional study of the future. Most importantly, the question brings to center stage the most empowering and distinctive capacity of the human mind: To identify and purposefully pursue preferable futures. Our minds are uniquely constructed to raise and attempt to answer, in theory and action, this question.
Shifting Patterns of Enlightenment: America in the Mode of Janus by Rick Smyre. We find ourselves in transition from one historical epoch to another….from an Industrial Age based on the principles and ideas of the First Enlightenment to an emerging age that is still shrouded by mystery, ambiguity and uncertainty. What new mental world will emerge that can encompass connections of the past and the future in a birth of intricate patterns which enables humanity to a higher level of consciousness?
Dimension-Information-Energy Map of the Universe by Debashis Chowdhury. Having a map availability can be very useful if we would like to locate where we are, and chart a path to where we would like to go. We are lucky to have an excellent map of the Universe that we can use to chart our journeys. Knowing the path we would like to take, and the length of the journey, should help us provision Spaceship Earth for the long haul.
Wisdom and Future Consciousness : Keys to Self-Evolution using the S2 Model by Debashis Chowdhury. An essay on the stages of self-evolution, highlighting the nature and importance of the development of wisdom, future consciousness, and social consciousness.
The Future Evolution of Consciousness by Tom Lombardo. An essay on the nature and evolution of consciousness; the relationship of consciousness and the evolution of the physical world; the central importance of future consciousness, wisdom, and virtue in the future evolution of consciousness; and the key role science fiction plays in facilitating our conscious evolution.
Creative and Imaginative Wisdom: Where Is It in Today’s World? by Walter Moss
Drawing upon a variety of written resources in both wisdom and creativity research, and covering such diverse contemporary issues as capitalist economics, environmental transformation, education, mass consumerist culture, and politics and world peace, Walter Moss presents the argument that "creative and imaginative wisdom is lacking in important aspects of life, especially here in the USA."
The Flourishing Earth Philosophy by Richard Hawley Trowbridge
A critique of modernist philosophy and science and its negative results in the world, and an argument for a holistic philosophy and the central importance of learning to control the mind, as the key to wisdom and a flourishing earth in the future.
Some Words of Wisdom as We Anticipate the Collapse of Urban Civilization by Mike Molyneaux.
A multi-faceted critique of modern urban civilization with practical and action based proposals for developing a better, wiser way of life in the future.
Are we Still Evolving? by Chris Thomson
An introductory essay on the importance of further evolving our consciousness and our intelligence and the need to redefine humanity's central purpose through creating of a new and liberating worldview.
Lombardo Introduces His Two 2011 Books. Read this pdf intro
to find out more about Mind Flight and Wisdom, Consciousness,
and the Future. Click here
for ordering info.
Macdonald Comments on Tom Lombardo's book Wisdom, Consciousness
and the Future. Read Cop's thoughts about Wisdom,
Consciousness, and the Future which he feels is a profound,
deeply important, and timely book that concerned people and change
agents everywhere will want to read.
of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. "The
Institute's work focuses on how future technology might affect the
human condition, and on the risks and opportunities involved. It
also focuses on the epistemic, moral, and prioritization issues
that confront agents who pursue long-range or global objectives."
Papers, and Popular
Articles are available there in full-text form.
Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future. Here, author Tom
Lombardo discusses the roles of creativity, heightened future
consciousness, and wisdom in the future evolution of the human mind.
the Wise Cyborg of the Future. In this article authors Tom
Lombardo and Ray
Todd Blackwood propose the pursuit, cultivation, and exercise
of wisdom as a general guiding principle in dealing with society's
multitude of challenges and problems. (PDF format)
Holistic Wisdom-Based Futures Education is a paper in which
Lombardo describes the evolution and structure of a futures-focused
educational program, one which he believes would provide college
students with a high quality integrative and holistic education.
science and values: A unifying view of mind and brain. This
journal article by Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist Roger Sperry
links human values to brain function, and makes the case that "More
than any other causal system with which science now concerns itself,
it is variables in human value systems that will determine the future."
in the Twenty-First Century: A Theory of Psycho-Social Evolution.
In this article Tom
Lombardo presents a theory of wisdom based on historical traditions,
recent psychological research, and philosophical thinking while
exploring a variety of important trends and futurist themes.
Facing Forward. In this powerful and illuminating article
in the World Futurist Society's
journal The Futurist, psychologist Tom
Lombardo explores the ways in which awareness of the future
connects with wisdom. (PDF format)
from Utopia. This thought-stirring essay by Nick Bostrom,
Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University,
examines "The good life: just how good could it be? A vision
of the future from the future."
Global Initiatives for the Future: in light of past experiments
As a glance at the overview of Anthony
Judge's background makes clear, there is perhaps no one on earth
who has a more comprehensive understanding of efforts made during
the past 40 years to create a better world than him. In Reframing
Global Initiatives... Judge draws our attention to a multitude
of failure traps, and points to successful strategies. Must reading
for anyone working to create a more positive future.
Index of Wisdom?
Some thoughts on the subject by David Paterson in response to Bruce
Lloyd's call for comments on a "Wise Society Index."
H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants
and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom Marc
Prensky examines ways in which digital technologies could facilitate
the development of wisdom and wise decison making.
on Consciousness/Evolution/Future by John E. Rensch, Riane Eisler,
Peter Russell, Ervin Laszlo, Rupert Sheldrake, Charles Tart, Stanislov
Grof and others in SpandaNews, Issue 4/2008, PDF format.
Monthly is a free newsletter from John
E. Renesch dedicated to "Bridging Wisdom & Practice for a
Responsibility & Wisdom In this essay Bruce Lloyd explores
"the issues at the core of Ethical Decision-Making and Leadership."
Lloyd wants your thoughts on a "Wise Society Index"
Suggested in the article above, he'd like to know "what
could go into such an index? What could we try to measure? And how could
it actually be measured?"
New Guiding Light for Democratic Education? Bruce
Novak discusses aspects of Karl Jaspers' thought that are "relevant
to the re-awakening of humanity in the contemporary world."
on Wisdom This excerpt from Walter Moss's book AN AGE OF PROGRESS?
discusses the issues of wisdom, prudence, and morality in the twentieth
McCain, Bush, Age, Experience, and Wisdom by historian Walter
Moss brings a wisdom perspective to issue of presidential leadership.
Creating Heaven on Earth is a
way of conceptualizing the task that humanity faces in transforming the
present world situation. Check out some thought-provoking materials on
The Centrality of Wisdom
is an essay by Copthorne Macdonald submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming
book How to
Achieve a Heaven on Earth.
Judge on attaining species maturity This essay,
"Self-reflective Embodiment of Transdisciplinary Integration (SETI):
the universal criterion of species maturity?" asks us to step back
Judge on overpopulation and its denial This
essay, "Institutionalized Shunning of Overpopulation Challenge,"
highlights this core issue and the general problem of question avoidance
in contemporary society.
Evolution and Future Direction of Marriage What
is wisdom in the context of marriage? Tom
and Jeanne Lombardo explore the history, issues, and future
possibilities of marriage, and present their vision of the preferable
marriage of the future. (.doc file)
Corporate State Sometimes the best way to get
a handle on some aspect of societal wisdom is to take a close look at
its opposite. That is what Chris
Lucas does in this penetrating essay.
Institute on Religion, Science, and the Humanities promotes "the
constructive engagement of science, religion and the humanities in the
communal pursuit of wisdom in order to address humanitys most profound
questions and challenges."
Wisdom, and Action is an article by Copthorne
Macdonald in the World Wisdom Rising (Fall/Winter 2007) issue
of the journal Kosmos:
An integral Approach to Global Awakening. (Also available
in PDF format.)
and Humanity's Transformational Dilemma. Some comments by Copthorne
Macdonald on Anthony Judge's insightful essay: "Imagining
the Real Challenge."
Janus Project. A proposal by Chris
Thomson to create an institute that would bring together personal
development, exploration of the "deep causes" of humanity's
problems, visioning a future that works for all, and action to help realize
Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence (SSNV) Newsletter,
edited by Luis Gutierrez,
"is a monthly digest of research on the most critical issues at the
intersection of technology, religion, and society.">
for the Emerging Wisdom Culture, headed by Dr. Paul H. Ray and
associated with Wisdom University, will "formulate and work toward
implementing a positive vision of the emerging wisdom culture." >
Transformative Wisdom presents Debashis
Chowdhury's thesis that for humanity to deal effectively with the
challenges and opportunities we face, a "higher," more comprehensive,
"transformative" wisdom is needed. >
Our Own Image, a thought-provoking book by Debashis
Chowdhury, is reviewed here by Copthorne Macdonald who considers it
a valuable read for those interested in personal/societal wisdom development.>
Work in Life Alan
Nordstrom addresses the "selfish and egotistical story that predominates
in the postmodern society," and has us consider a much more positive
Wealth is an essay by Chris
Thomson that examines modernity's "relentless pursuit of money
and things," the "spiritual poverty" that goes with that,
and the possibility of replacing them with spiritual wealth.
Economics is a textbook (online, full text) by noted
economist and UN advisor Herman
E. Daly and Joshua
Farley that expands traditional economic theory into the kind
of economics the world needs.
in Praesens If you are serious about wanting to create
a wiser and more functional global society, immerse yourself in the information-
and idea-rich world of Anthony Judge.
and the Second Enlightenment is an article by Thomas
Lombardo from the June 2007 issue of the World Futures Study Federation
publication, Futures Bulletin.
Evolution of Future Consciousness
Futurist Thought These two new books by Thomas
Lombardo paint an amazingly comprehensive picture of humanity's relationship
to the future.
Pursuit of Wisdom and the Future of Education is a
thought-provoking article by Tom
Lombardo that appeared in the 2006 World Future Society anthology:
Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future. See also
for Future Consciousness Web site. (The article is in MS Word
Knowledge Management & Leadership is a paper that Bruce
Lloyd presented at the October 2006 "Business as an Agent of
World Benefit" conference.
Conservation as Wisdom in Action The Government of Prince Edward
Island Canada commissions 37 take-action articles on a wide range of energy
Human Problem, Solved at Last is a powerful and uplifting essay
by Alan Nordstrom on
the challenges of the 21st century, and the potential for turning things
around and creating a wiser world.
Story to Live By In this essay Alan
Nordstrom focuses on our role as creative contributors to the "universal
creative process," and the moral imperative implicit in that.
& Leadership: Linking the Past, Present & Future
is an illuminating talk that deals with key issues. Presented to
the World Future Society in July 2006 by
Bruce Lloyd, a Professor of Strategic Management.
between Challenging Psychosocial Change Initiatives How can positive-change
initiatives be successful, and relate in positive ways to other initiatives?
Anthony Judge explores the many considerations.