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r. Jean Houston is one
of the foremost vi-
sionaries of our time.
One of the principal
founders of the Hu-
man Potential Movement, Dr.
Houston is the author of 26
books, including The Possible
Human, A Mythic Life: Learning
to Live Our Greater Story, The
Passion of Isis and Osiris, and
Jump Time.
She is the founder of The
Foundation for Mind Research,
and principal teacher for the
Mystery School, a program of
cross-cultural, mythic and spiri-
tual studies.
In recent years, she has been
teaching a program globally on
Social Artistry in which those
who desire to make a profound
difference in the world engage
her genius in exploring their
personal potential as pioneers
in the re-genesis of human so-
As Senior Advisor to the Unit-
ed Nations, she has received a
mandate from Dr. Monica Shar-
ma, Director of Leadership and
Capacity Development for the
United Nations to train 10,000
trainers, who will be training
100 million people worldwide
by 2017.
She will be leading a confer-
ence January 22-24 in the San
Francisco Bay Area called, "The
Required Human for an Emerg-
ing World: Breakthrough Tech-
niques for Developing Strength,
Skills and Spirit for Succeeding
in Times of Radical Change."
During this event, she'll re-
veal the five essential new pat-
terns of thinking and behavior
required for more conscious
and empowered humans, offer
strategies to turn resistance into
energy and potential, and share
the creative secrets of 50 of the
world's top leaders. She will
also be speaking at the Con-
scious Life Expo in Los Angeles,
February 12-15 on "The Future
of People." For information visit:
Randy Peyser: Where are you
putting your focus right now?
Jean houston: I work as a
consultant to the United Nations
all over the world. I help cul-
tures and leaders explore and
deepen their own human ca-
pacities in the light of social
change and social complexity.
Now I am putting a special
emphasis on the idea of the
"Required Human."
Years ago, I wrote a book
called, The Possible Human, but
now, we have run out of time
for possibilities; it is deeply re-
quired that we begin to rise to
the immense challenges of our
time. Otherwise, we may not
make it. In my conference, I will
be training people in many psy-
chological and spiritual capaci-
ties so they can deal with the
complexity and the strangeness
of our time.
Randy: Talk about that com-
Jean: Part of it has to do with
the immensity of change. Peo-
ple are living five, to ten, to
sometimes a hundred times the
amount of shared experience
as their ancestors did one hun-
dred years ago. We have not
been prepared for this. For ex-
ample, I find too many leaders
have been raised as though they
were white males from the year
1926; they have not been raised
to deal with the present com-
plexities we face.
The other aspect which I am
addressing has to do with the
unexpected, the inexplicable.
For example, climate change, as
well as the economic collapse
and financial decline. I address
factors that are unique in hu-
man history, both positively and
Randy: What are some of the
positive factors you address?
Jean: One of the biggest fac-
tors that I address and nobody
else is writing about comes un-
der the generic title of "women
rising to full partnership with
men in the whole domain of
human affairs." Women are ris-
ing to full partnership with men
around the world.
No one is talking about the
fact that when you look at who
is doing the real work in the
world, or who is initiating the
projects and carrying them out
-- such as making sure a village
has food -- seventy to eighty
percent of the people initiat-
ing these projects are women
of a certain age. And this is true
all over the world.
Randy: What age range?
Jean: Forty and up, and the
older they get, the zippier they
get. We refer to it as "post-meno-
pausal zest." These women are
not afraid. They have released
their sense of restriction. They
don't worry about getting into
trouble, and in some cases, even
killed. Women are taking these
extraordinary initiatives all over
the world.
Paul Hawken wrote a won-
derful book last year, Blessed
Unrest, about the millions of
voluntary associations that are
rising up for restorative justice,
for ecology, for child welfare.
Women Changing the World
An Interview with
Dr. Jean Houston
By Randy Peyser