Barbara Marx Hubbard is an American author, peace activist, futurist, and public speaker. She is best known for her advocacy of the “conscious evolution” of humanity. Born in 1929 in San Diego, California, she is the daughter of a wealthy business magnate and philanthropist.
Raised in a comfortable home, Hubbard was encouraged to think freely and explore her interests. She attended Stanford University, where she studied psychology and philosophy. During her time at Stanford, she became engaged with the civil rights movement and the growing counterculture of the 1960s.
In the early 1970s, Hubbard began to focus her life’s work on the concept of conscious evolution. She believed that humanity was capable of transcending its limitations and evolving to a higher level of consciousness. To spread her message, she wrote books, gave lectures, and organized retreats.
In 1984, Barbara Marx Hubbard co-founded the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conscious evolution and creating a global network of evolutionary change agents. The organization has since become a global leader in the field of evolutionary studies.
Hubbard's work has been featured in various publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also been interviewed by television networks such as ABC, NBC, and PBS. In 1988, she was a featured speaker at the United Nations Global Forum on Human Survival.
In addition to her work in conscious evolution, Hubbard is also a pioneer in the field of social change. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Center for Partnership Studies, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the Global Women's Leadership Network.
Throughout her career, Hubbard has received numerous awards and honors, including the United Nations Peace Prize in 1993 and the Templeton Prize in 1995. She is currently the co-chair of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and continues to inspire people to take action and create a more conscious, sustainable, and just world.