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Humanistic (R)evolution 2.0:

Re-Visioning Human Potential,

Education & Healthcare

presented by:

The Society for Humanistic Psychology

American Psychological Association Division 32


The  Institute for Holistic Health Studies

San Francisco State University

Starting Thursday, March 17th  8:30 am through Sunday, March 20th 4:00 pm.

Seven Hills Conference Center
Campus Map - SW Quadrant

Conference Overview

The Committee is excited to announce
the following
Thought Leaders:

Kevin Bayuk: Permaculture in the Era of Climate Change: Ourselves as Nature

Ashanti Branch: Beyond the Mask - Guiding Youth w/ Art & Support

Kenn Burrows: From Violence to Wholeness - Rise of the Eco-Mind & Integral Ed.

Kathy Emery, PhD:  Developing Relationships & Building Movements

Bence Ganti: An Integral Model of Education & Development

Mickey Huff: The State of the Media & Censorship

Mary Rockwood Lane, RN, PhD: What the Arts Bring to Healthcare & Healing

Tom Llewellyn: Building the Sharing Economy

Jackie Mahendra: Supporting Social Movements with Digital Advocacy and Media

Gary Malkin: Music as Medicine - Catalyzing Health, Creativity & Community

Erin McCandless, PhD: The State of World Peace - 2016

Aftab Omer, PhD: Emergence of Human Capacities in Transformative Learning

Fraser Pierson, PhD: Eco-Psychology - Rewilding Humanistic Psychology

Lisa Rasmussen & Ceylan Hulya: Art 4 All People—Activating the Artist Within

Donna Rockwell, PsyD: Mindfulness & Leadership in Everyday Life

Jim Rough: Escaping the Box w/ Collaborative Leadership Tools

Len Saputo, MD:  The State of Healthcare and A Call for Radical Reform

Kirk Schneider, PhD: Rediscovering Awe, The Experiential Democracy Project

Ilene Serlin, PhD: The Art of Embodiment - Creating Ritual in Everyday Life

Tiffany Shlain: How Technology & Media Are Shaping Us

Isabelle Wachsmuth, MPH: World Health Organization - Integrative Healthcare Studies

For more information on these speakers, see: Thought Leader


Conference Overview:

Humanistic (R)evolution 2.0:  Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education & Healthcare

In the wake of unprecedented complexity and mounting challenges to human existence, we gather this year in San Francisco to call humanistic Thought Leaders to join in meaningful conversations—to meet and respond creatively to the challenges of our times. Join us and help take the humanistic (r)evolution to the next level. We are calling together the humanistic psychology community as a collective ”Think Tank” to clarify a new cultural story for our times—a story to unite people across our differences and support humanity in its evolution.
The conference will explore four powerful topics or "conversations" that reflect key, ongoing issues in the 21st century. By deepening these conversations that matter over the conference—participants will explore ideas and actions that will support a politics of trust, healing and possibility to replace the politics of fear that currently dominates our culture and the world. We've invited creative Thought Leaders from each of these areas to help us engage in these key conversations for our time:

  • Mindful Use of Technology & Media (THURS. 7:30-9:45pm)
  • Integrative Healthcare (SAT. 9:30am-Noon)
  • Eco-Psychology & the New Spirituality (SAT. 9:30am-Noon)
  • Integral Education & Art-Infused, Transformative Learning (SAT. 7:30-9:45pm)
  • Violence v. Collaboration, Peace & Justice (SUN. 9:30am-Noon)

Come to the conference and add your voice to the day-to-day presentations and community forums—as we discuss, reflect on and target specific actions to take for these key issues. You can prepare for the conference by holding and reflecting on the following questions before you arrive: 

(1)  How might we counteract the violent and degraded image of human nature upheld by mass media and the loss in confidence in human society?
(2)  What do we (personally and collectively) need to lean into—to create the future we all want and need?
(3)  What does 21st Century education look like?  How do we rethink education—to engage and empower students with the new story?
(4)  What is the role of healthcare and healthcare professionals in this new story?
(5)  What role do humanistic and transpersonal values have in this increasingly technological and media driven age? 

Resources for the New Story

The world has never been so complex as it is right now. We have been training to help integrate an unsettled and chaotic world that is dangerously diffuse. The human family is in need of a framework to hold this disparity together, and we can help. Here are some of the unique resources we bring as a community of thought leaders, as we gather for meaningful conversations:

The Integral Perspective and Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes and interrelationships -- a shift of mind from seeing through the detail complexity to understanding the underlying structures generating change. Unseen, mental and social structures hold us prisoner, and learning to see the structures within which we operate can free us from previously unseen forces and help us master the ability to change them. Integral thinking is a way of holding multiple systems of reality in creative tension to more effectively manage the complexity of reality and personal and collective development. 

An Understanding of the Role of Art in Education and New Futures Leadership

What forms of education are appropriate for students facing the complexity of the 21st Century? STEM education is often named, given the noteworthy successes of these fields this last Century. Contrast this with engaged education focused on the social and creative arts and learning through direct (vs. abstract) experience. The arts teach students something the sciences cannot – the primacy, uniqueness and range of human experience. Studies show that mindful ritual and the multi-dimensional languages of art – sound, color, music, images, and story-telling – can shift human consciousness in profound ways – reminding us that when we slow down and become playful and mindful, we are surrounded by the resources of time and creative possibility.
  Our culture is shaped by the arts and humanities often more than it is by politics. And in difficult times the arts, sciences, and humanities vastly increase in significance. This is one of those times. - Jim Leach, Director of the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.

A Sense of the Rising Feminine -- The “Relational (Creative vs. Reactive) Mind” 

Responding to the crises of our times from a deep place that connects us to the emerging future rather than reacting to the fear driving current problems. This culture of fear shapes our collective attention, making the world appear mean and dangerous, and blinding us to prevalence of human goodness, and the role of human imagination in shaping our world.

The times are calling us to create a story of possibility and grounded hope – a shared moral story that will help us make a difference and lean into the new and emerging future with existential strength and intelligence.

The Power of Nonviolent Activism and Gravity of Awe-Based Values of Humility, Wonder, and Appreciation for Life

Shifting anti-social norms, social pathology and a civilization of conflict and violence – through NV activism and education.

Memetic History and Evolution

A “Meme” is the cultural equivalent of a "gene.”  A meme is a unit of cultural transmission. Memetic evolution is the evolution of cultural consciousness. Graves, a colleague of Maslow’s was the research pioneer who developed “Spiral Dynamics” - a spiral of cultural evolution that takes us from our collective past to the current memetic groups living within the same culture. This knowledge is very useful in understanding cultural resistance to social change and politics in general.

Neurophenomenological Studies in Mindfulness and Social Intelligence

Welding the intimate, subjectively based descriptions of human experience provided by phenomenology with the measurable, “objectively” based studies conventional neuroscience can shed light on two pillars of humanistic transformation--mindfulness and social intelligence.

Conference Host: The Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University

Special thanks to the San Francisco State University for hosting the 2016 Division 32 Conference.