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Barbara Marx Hubbard
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January 22, 1998 1577310160 978-1577310167 1
A well-known futurist reveals a quantum change in society and points the way to the third millennium. Barbara Marx Hubbard issues a call to action for the current generation to fulfill its creative potential. Hubbard asserts that we must quickly become capable of wise and ethical guidance of evolution itself, if life on Earth is to survive.

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Historically speaking, new worldviews have been responsible for causing major social transformations, says futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard. It occurred in the Renaissance when the idea of progress through knowledge was born. It happened in the United States when the principles of democracy and freedom became institutions. "Now once again a new world view is arising," writes Hubbard. "This idea is the culmination of all human history. It holds the promise of fulfilling the great aspirations of the past and heralds the advent of the next phase of our evolution. It is the idea of conscious evolution."

Human beings have now gained the ability to shape their own evolution, explains Hubbard, and therefore the next world task is to become conscious of this power and guide the earth and all its inhabitants into survival and fulfillment of our potential. Born out of the new spirituality, which began as a path toward self- awareness, but has quickly spread into a "social potential movement," Hubbard predicts that the ideology of "conscious evolution" will be seen as a pivotal turning point in human history, leading us into an era of heightened creativity, environmental accountability, and spiritual development.

Her message is steeped in intelligent writing and persuasive research. But most enticing, she writes as an optimist as well as a visionary. Rather than buy into the "old story" of imminent self-destruction, Hubbard sees the potential for humanity to create a "new story" that melds all our advances--spiritual, scientific, and social--into a glorious vision for the future. --Gail Hudson


Conscious Evolution comes under the heading of millennium books. As Hubbard describes, "It sets forth a vision of the vast transformational enterprise of the next millennium, and it seeks to discover the design of evolution inherent in all nature with which we can consciously cooperate to guide our actions. " She continues by describing how we can make a conscious transition from high technology, polluting and overpopulation to a system that fulfills our potential. In precise detail she reports where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. It's a positive book-one about doing There's a chapter on what we can do now and how to accomplish it. The last portion of the book has names, addresses and descriptions of resources to implement that action. The writing is simple and coherent and even with all the myriad pieces from government to spiritual, she brings it together in one seamless fit. -- From Independent Publisher

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (January 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577310160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577310167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called "the voice for conscious evolution of our time" by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch's new book "The Mother of Invention."

A world-renowned visionary futurist, evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker, Barbara is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is the co-founder and chair of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and additionally co-founded many progressive organizations, including The Association for Global New Thought, as well as The World Future Society.

In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket with the campaign theme "To Fulfill the Dream, a Campaign for a Positive Future."

She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together and is currently co-producing with The Shift Network a global multi-media event entitled, "Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift in Time" on Dec. 22, 2012. This event aims to unify 100 million people worldwide in coherence and social synergy to birth a new "evolved" era and "universal humanity." Barbara's previous books include: The Hunger of Eve, The Revelation, Conscious Evolution, Emergence, the 52 Codes for Conscious Self Evolution and her new book Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity's Great Shift To the Age of Conscious Evolution

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It eventually gets there January 3, 2003
The first 100 or so pages of this book nearly sent it to my shelf for good. I've never known somebody to find as many different ways to say the same thing over and over and over and over again. With each paragraph ending upbeat and inspiring, I was like "Okay, now here's where we get into the meat and potatoes". But we wouldn't. I started uttering about this new agey fluff being worthless. But by the time I finished reading it, I have to say it was good.
Of course, the core messages in the book are critical to us. They speak of a visionary truth both past and future that we all need to recognize. So, skim if you have to, but make it to the second half of the book. That's when she stops pontificating about loving the vast cosmos and starts pointing the book in a direction. But be wary that the ideas she suggests are her own legacy. They're a wonderful start and I believe are designed only to be a launching point, so don't feel bound to them as the only way through this mess of civilization we've created.
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Although it sounds cliche, Conscious Evolution truly does give you a sense that you are not alone - that there are many others who realize that society as it exists today simply does not work. It is clear that if we continue to behave and live as we do now, we're essentially committing suicide as a race.
What's inpsiring about Conscious Evolution is that it gives you the sense that there are numbers here, in which you can find power. It's difficult to sit as an independent island, pondering the depth and endemic nature of what plagues the world. We live so completely outside the realm of universal law and the natural balance of the environment, that it's difficult to even identify what is not working, let alone, try to take action to fix things.
However Conscious Evolution provides inspiration and hope that there are more of "us" than we each think. That there are millions of brilliant ideas of what does work, and that by simply trying to organize and disseminate that information, dramatic change can happen.
Conscious Evolution provides the boost to direct creative energy away from depression that things can't be fixed, towards taking action to partner with like spirits to start the process.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the seminal social guides in recent years April 26, 2001
Social interaction and growth is a continuum of observation, inquiry, and application. In Conscious Evolution, Barbara Marx Hubbard describes this process in stunning detail and guides us on how to incorporate spirituality into social policy. Hubbard's inspirational analogy of humankind as a catepillar morphing into a butterfly stimulates the reader's mind to envision how the collective fate of humanity need not end in an apocalyptic, "judgment day"-like scenario. Hubbard weaves a coherent plan of action to help humanity become more globally minded, cultarally integrated, and aware of its own strengths and weakneses through thoughtful insight and inclusion of the ideas and actions of other intellectuals, activists and spiritualists. The reader learns how to unite his or her own community into a stronger, socially conscious, spiritual unit, which in turn leads to an increased ability for humanity to direct and speed evolution. Consciously! I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn how to participate in the outcome of humanity! Buy 5 copies and pass it out to friends!!!!
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Futurism and Nonsense May 9, 2002
Barbara Marx Hubbard is a flawed visionary, like many in the human potential and "New Age" movements. She combines transpersonal insight with prerational garbage. She spouts about her revolutionary new political program, but says little of substance. In one breath, she supports genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and space colonization- and in another she damns the infrastructure necessary to make these advancements possible.
Conscious Evolution is, to be completely honest, a substanceless mess. Hubbard can't seem to get across any semblence of a message without resorting to quoting another book- typically with quotes that are of a declaratory rather than factual nature. The writing is poor and lacks depth. Although there are good ideas within (the "Peace Room", SYNCON, etc.) one must read through pages of fluff in order to get there.
Rather than waste your time with this book, take a look at some of Hubbard's sources, such as K. Eric Drexler or Ken Wilber. Your time and money will be much better spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an extremely important book May 9, 1998
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This is an extremely important book -- it should be read widely. Ms Marx Hubbard is an imaginative thinker, with useful and interesting ideas about the future, and a clear and accessible writing style. She believes that the problems humans are experiencing, worldwide, are part of a birth process: we may head toward either a catastropic end (in violence and dwindling resources) or a better future (in peace and sharing) and we now have the ability to choose which it will be. There's a very valuable appendix, listing organizations, educational institutions and media outlets that concentrate on successful, innovative projects. I have never met Ms Marx Hubbard, but, as a publisher, I would have been proud to publish this book.
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I loved the concept that we have some hand in creating not only our future but the future of ALL inhabitants of the earth. It gives me hope and a method for return to action when I had pretty much "checked out" - especially after seeing Primary Colors. Marx Hubband provides hope but understands the current reality of the world. She acknowledges that the movement toward a harmonious society or world is a work in process. This allowed me to define my part in the process while not feeling like "I'm not doing enough!" She says "It was not possible to create harmonious societies on any large scale, beyone the relatively peaceful tribal cultures, until the events of the last decades...just as it is not possible for a fetus to get up and walk." This book is accessible to almost anyone and allows the user to follow their personal passions by pursuing action in any of the 9 spheres of influence: Governance & Law; Education; Economics, Business, Philanthropy; Cooperative Entrepreneurship; Health, Relationships, Personal Growth; Science & Technology; Spirituality and Religion; Envoronment and Habitat; and Culture, Media, Communication. This is a great book because it translates global concepts to the individual level of both understanding and control. One can follow the concpets in the book and still live life in 1998 in the USA.
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I received the book in a timely fashion. However, for a book rated "good" it is filled with passages underlined in pink.
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This book was listed in good condition and it is not for it is badly warped from severe water damage. Let's be honest with the rating of the condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An awakening of awareness
Barbara writes of the awakening awareness which is occurring all around the globe. Millions of people are aware of many changes signaling what many call the "quantum leap" to a... Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by Stephen Arthur Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired, hackneyed "modernism"
This book really does not hold up well in today's world. Full of late 1990s exuberance, it adheres to the mantra that progress in the form of technology is going to save us -- a... Read more
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I found this book to be a very useful survey of the apparently large numbers of people who are seeking solutions for a more equitable world. Read more
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