Jean Houston, Ph.D., scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. Dr. Houston is noted for her ability to combine a deep knowledge of history, culture, new science, spirituality and human development into her teaching. She is known for her inter-disciplinary perspective delivered in inspirational and humorous keynote addresses.
A prolific writer, Dr. Houston is the author of 26 books including “Jump Time”, “ A Passion for the Possible”, “Search for the Beloved”, “Life Force”, “The Possible Human”, “Public Like a Frog”, “A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story”, and “Manual of the Peacemaker”.
As Advisor to UNICEF in human and cultural development, she has worked around the world helping to implement some of their extensive educational programs.
Dr. Houston is considered one of the most evocative and entertaining speakers on aligning the human spirit, potential and action with the needs of the time. Her talks are legendary for their ability to inspire, inform and activate her audience. Her lifetime passion is to encourage the inherent possibilities, visions and capacities that lie within each person and/or group, and translate them into positive action.
“Jean Houston’s mind should be considered a national treasure”, said Buckminster Fuller, a renowned American philosopher, thinker, visionary, inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist. A life-long friend of Jean Houston, his observation is shared by the thousands of individuals, communities, organizations and nations that have been and continue to be inspired by her words.
Intersections in Time that changed my Life, by Marj
One moment that changed my life with Jean was a conversation that we had in my office once when she was doing an intensive at Unity of Tustin. Jean had just looked at my doctoral diploma from U Mass that was hanging on my wall. She sat down and looked at me and said ‘Do you know that the School of Education program there at that time was one of the finest in the country, if not the world? I said ‘Yes’…though I’d never talked about that to anyone before.
Then we talked about Bucky (Buckminister) Fuller coming, working with the children in the Lab School, with the doctoral students behind one-way mirrors. He spoke the different languages of the children’s stages of development. He just talked with them in natural ways that were child-like and so real. Then he worked with us (and whomever else in the community that wanted to hear) for two or three more hours in the evening in the auditorium. He was full of energy and he was in his 80’s.