A New Culture Emerges with Sherry Ruth Anderson & Paul Ray

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An American sub-culture dubbed "Cultural Creatives" has been growing over the last four decades, quietly revolutionizing American life. Now fifty million strong (nearly a quarter of adults in the United States), this group has been creating new social systems, world views and ways of life. Sherry Ruth Anderson and Paul Ray, who have spent thirteen years researching this emerging sub-culture explain how this group has reached critical mass, despite being largely unaware of each other. Find out what cultural creatives value, how they have grown out of the revolutionary social movements of the past decades, and what fundamental transformations in values and behavior they bring to you, your country, and your world. Anderson is a psychologist who has served as a consultant to the Medical Research Council of Canada and the National Institutes of Mental Health in the U.S. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Ray has headed more than 100 major research and consulting projects and is executive vice president of American LIVES, Inc. Sherry Ruth Anderson writes and teaches about spiritual development, with a special interest in women's experience and aging as awakening. Her documentary film A Woman's Descent to the Sacred was an official entry in the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2011. She’s the author of:

To find out more about the work of Sherry Ruth Anderson go to www.sherryruthanderson.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you may be part of this emerging trend
  • The cultural creative creation story
  • Where did the cultural creatives come from?
  • The three dominant sub-cultures in American society today
  • Similar characteristics of all cultural groups
  • The psychological background of the cultural creative
  • The difference between modern and traditional culture
  • What's happened to the rites of passage in our society?
  • What the 1960s have to do with the cultural creative movement today
  • How cultural creatives are affecting politics

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 7/12/2000      Program Number: 2822