Stretching The Perimeters Of The Possible with Jean Houston

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We live in a time of such rapid change that sometimes it feels like we might wake up one morning, walk outside the front door and be facing a future we didn't prepare for. Jean Houston, one of the early point riders of the human potential movement says: "It's time to wake up - learn to cook on more burners," because we have "come to the edge of our tolerance and it's time to jump." Because "we're all encoded with a dynamic purpose," Houston believes we can "create a new order of social artistry that reflects righteousness between people, creativity, health and spiritual power." Find out how to begin in this inspiring dialogue. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leadership model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development Programme.

She is the author of nearly thirty books, including:

To learn more about the work of Jean Houston go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • "Jump time" and how it relates to our place in history today
  • What to do when the map no longer fits the territory
  • Going from "this is me" to "we are"
  • How the Internet relates to the "Inner-Net"
  • Whole body learning
  • Why it is so crucial to keep our cultural diversity alive
  • Houston's hilarious five-year-old singing debut at Hollywood Bowl and how it changed her life
  • Amazing stories of everyday people who changed the world
  • The spiritual impulse behind technology
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 6/18/2000      Program Number: 2819