Over the past two years, EnlightenNext‘s Executive Editor Carter Phipps has been participating in a kind of global think tank for conscious evolution called the Evolutionary Leaders group. This meeting of what was initially 38 people, including Deepak Chopra, Michael Beckwith, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jean Houston, Brian Swimme, Steve McIntosh, Don Beck and many more, started in 2008 with a “A Call for Conscious Evolution” petition that was signed by over 36,000 people worldwide. Since then the group has met consistently both virtually and in person, started to work on a variety of projects including a potential book and documentary, and has grown to over 50 people, including EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen.
This week, Cohen, Phipps and the rest of the Evolutionary Leaders are convening in Los Angeles for their most significant meeting to date: a week-long retreat that will include a live public event tonight from 7:30-9:30 pm PST. The event will also be live streamed over the internet, so if you can’t make it to LA, you can still tune in to what’s happening.
So what is an Evolutionary Leader? This group defines themselves as individuals who are “in support of a future that will not be determined what happens to us but rather by what we create.” Through their ongoing engagement with each other and with the public they are striving to create a “new narrative of conscious evolution” by:
- Building a global community and creating a culture of peace
- Restoring ecological balance to nourish all life and mitigate the effects of climate change
- Engaging in social and political transformation by calling for a more conscious democracy
- Promoting health and healing by acknowledging the profound mind-body-spirit connection
- Supporting research and education that optimizes human capacities
- Encouraging integrity in business and conscious media
This past May, Cohen spoke with Deepak Chopra, who is one of the main organizers of the group, about the topic of Evolutionary Leadership during our Evolutionary Worldview Virtual Seminar. Click here to listen to a free audio of their discussion (15 minutes).
To learn more about tonight’s event including how to participate in person or over the internet, please visit their website.