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Change Leaders Directory

Social, Political, Education, Environment, Health, and Other
Including: Issues of individual rights, government and social concerns (civics), global governance, conflict resolution, environment, education, creativity, entertainment, play, aesthetics, art, spiritual growth, interfaith activity, and the new convergence of science and spirituality in the modern environment of continuously accelerating change.

These distinguished thought- and change-leaders are not affiliated with ASF, but where we have contact information, they are all formally invited to attend our annual conference, Accelerating Change. Others to suggest? Please let us know. Potential candidates should have published work that deals uniquely, incisively and pragmatically with some scientific, technological, business, or social dimension of accelerating change.

Female and underrepresented minority leaders are listed in green, and international leaders in orange. Accompanying each individual's entry are sample publications, and occasional ASF comments regarding topics of interest for future Accelerating Change or Acceleration Studies conferences. Each leader has been categorized on the basis of our subjective assessment, from a small sample of their work. All may contact us to edit, recategorize, multiply categorize, or delist their entries at any time.

Katheryn Aegis
            Human augmentation; Transhumanist philosophy.
Jan Amkreutz, Author, Digital Spirit, 2003; Webmaster, Digeality.com.
            Social implications of our coming "Digital Twin" (your web-based avatar and personality profile).
Walt Truett Anderson
            To Govern Evolution, 1987; Evolution Isn't What it Used to Be, 1996;
            The Future of the Self, 1998; All Connected Now, 2001
            Evolution, globalization, and the self
John Arquilla, Military Strategist, USNPS.
            Swarming and the Future of Conflict, 2000; Networks and Netwars, 2001
Ziana Astralos
            Human-machine interface scenarios.
Brian Atkins
            Singularity Advocacy.
Pierre Baldi (The Shattered Self: The End of Natural Evolution, 2001)
            Bioinformatics: A Machine Learning Approach, 2001.
            The internal and external self in an environment of accelerating computation.
Roland Barth, Learning by Heart, 2001
            Cultural and technological literacy; Education reform
Michael Bauwens, BELGIUM
           Technocalyps: Inquiries into the Relationship Between Technology and Spirituality
Greg Bear
            The wisdom of biology: understanding genetic systems as complex neural networks.
Nick Bostrom
            Singularity mechanisms, metrics, and scenarios; transhumanism.
Leon Botstein, Jefferson's Children, 1997
            High school reform in a world of accelerating change.
Sandra Brahman (Prof of Communications, U of Alabama)
            http://www.tcf.ua.edu/braman/vita2001.html
            Social implications of information and communications technologies (ICT).
David Brin, Physicist; Sci-Fi and Non-Fiction Author. Homepage.
            The Transparent Society, 1999
            Transparency and accelerating change.
John Brockman, Host, Edge.org
            The Third Culture
, 1996; Digerati, 1996; The Next 50 Years, 2002
Damien Broderick, Author, AUSTRALIA. Homepage.
            The Last Mortal Generation, 2000; The Spike, 2001
            Science and technology studies; Technological acceleration
Amy Bruckman, MIT Media Lab, Virtual Community Builder.
Jamais Cascio,
            The open singularity: human implications of accelerating change
Jennifer Cobb,
Cybergrace: The Search for God in the Digital World, 1998
            Spiritual evolution: Whitehead, DeChardin, and Wilber. Developmental convergence.
Char Davies, Founder, SoftImage, Virtual Artist and Rearcher, Immersence
Cory Doctorow, Science fiction author; Singularity speculist. Homepage.
            Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, 2003
Ann Druyan
            Contact and the Planetary Society: communicating cosmic acceleration to the general public
Tyler Emerson, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
            "The Optimal Altruism of Singularity-Explicit Work."
Doug Engelbart, Director, The Bootstrap Institute
            Winner, MIT-Lemelson Prize and National Medal of Technology; Inventor of the computer mouse, and pioneer of human-computer interaction, including GUIs, hypertext, and networked computers.
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington U., Homepage. Weblog.
            The Spirit of Community, 1994; The New Golden Rule, 1998; The Limits of Privacy, 2000;
            The Monochrome Society, 2001; Next, 2001
            Communitarianism and democracy in an age of transparency.
Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins U. Homepage.
            The End of History, 1991; Trust, 1995; The Great Disruption, 1999;
            Our Posthuman Future
, 2002
            Convergent social and political structures. Limits to biotechnology through the social order.
John David Garcia, Society for Evolutionary Ethics (SEE). (Deceased 2001)
            Creative Transformation, 1990
Johann Gevers, CANADA Institute for Freedom. Homepage.
            The Freedom Universal, 2008; Promoting the revision of governance constitutions to advance freedom, justice, and prosperity.
Sally Goerner (Chaos and the Evolving Ecological Universe, 1994;
            After the Clockwork Universe: The Emerging Science and Culture of Integral Society, 1999)
            Ecosystems-based and thermodynamic explorations of scientific and moral order.
            Toward a functional interdependence: building an integral, web-based society.
Amara Graps
            Women, science, and transhumanism.
Moira Gunn, NPR's Tech Nation
Donna Haraway ("The Cyborg Manifesto," "The Cyborg and the Goddess")
David Harvey (Sociologist, Geographer)
            "Time-space compression and the rise of modernism as a cultural force" in
Condition of Postmodernity, 1989
Peter Hayes, Executive Director, Nautilus Institute. Homepage.
            The development of nuclear nonproliferation policy: the Korean example
Katherine Hayles (Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science, 1991)
            How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Lit., & Informatics, 1999;
            Coding the Signifier: Rethinking Semiosis from The Telegraph to the Computer
)
            Simulations and semiotics: implications of the virtual body
John Horgan, The End of Science, 1996
Barbara Hubbard
            Consciousness evolution: personal growth and accelerating compassion.
D.E. Jenkins, Anglican Theologian, Bishop of Durham
Comment: "What is the universe doing questioning itself via one of its smallest products? Scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers… [have recently developed] an almost divine capacity to comprehend everything."
Pierre Levy, FRANCE Becoming Virtual, 1998; Collective Intelligence, 2000; Cyberculture, 2001
            Cyberculture, cyberspace and the global brain
Thomas Lombardo, Psychologist, philosopher, professor, futurist. http://www.odysseyofthefuture.net.
Carl Mitcham,
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics, 2005
            The limitations of computer models of human behavior. The need to understand and address the social factors enabling terrorist activity.
Max More
            Extropy.org. Extropianism, accelerating change, and singularity scenarios.
Janet Murray, Hamlet on the Holodeck, 1997
Beatrix Murrell, Stoa Del Sol
            DeChardin, Hofstadter, and Bohm: stoic philosophy for an accelerating world
Cynthia Ozick, Essayist, Novelist
Comment: "Our task is to clothe nature. Our task is to impose meaning on being. There is no conscience in nature; our task is to imagine conscience. Our task is the discipline of standing against nature when nature-within-us counsels terrorizing. Our task is to carry a tradition of anti-hatred as strong as instinct itself. Our task is to invent civilization."
Paul Ray. Homepage. The Cultural Creatives, 2001
            Fifty million change agents: the new cultural creatives and accelerating compassion
Howard Rheingold
, Homepage.
            The Millenium Whole Earth Catalog, 1995; The Virtual Community, 2000; Smart Mobs, 2002
            The future of electronic community, democracy, and collaborative creativity
Parker Rossman,
The Future of Higher Education, A Holistic View (Web project)
Peter Russell (The Global Brain; Waking Up in Time)
            Living with accelerating change.
Karl Sabbagh, Author, The Reimann Hypothesis
Paul Saffo, Research Director, Institute for the Future. Homepage.
Paul Samson, Homepage.
            The Biosphere and the Noosphere Reader, 1999
            Tielhard's developmental cosmology: implications for human ecologies.
Anders Sandberg
            Transhumanism;neuroscience; special and general machine intelligence
Wrye Sententia, Director, Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
Bruce Sterling, Author, Tomorrow Now, 2002, Founder, Viridian Green movement.
Charles Stross, Science fiction author; singularity speculist
            Singularity Sky, 2003; Iron Sunrise, 2004; Accelerando, 2005

Greg Stock, UCLA. Homepage.
            The Book of Questions, 1987; Metaman, 1992;
            Engineering the Human Germline
, 2000; Redesigning Humans, 2002
            Informational and biotechnological convergence. Choices in biological intervention.
Rosanne Stone
           
The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age, 1995
Michael Strangelove, CANADA, Technoetic.com
           
The "metaphysics of technology."
Don Tapscott,
Growing Up Digital, 1998; The Digital Economy
Ted Turner
            Ted's "Ten Voluntary Initiatives." Turner Tomorrow Awards.
Paul Virilio, FRANCE.
            Dromological philosophy: The impact of speed in political, organic, and technological spheres
Natasha Vita-More
            Pro/Act, Create/Recreate, A Tribute to FM-2030
Lisa Walford, Author. Homepage.
            The Anti-Aging Plan, 1994 (With Roy Walford, M.D.)
            Personal longevity; Caloric restriction, hatha yoga, vegan vegetarianism.
Ken Wilber (A Brief History of Everything, 1996)
            Integral approaches to understanding and living with accelerating change.
Langdon Winner (The Whale and the Reactor)
            The dangers of technological determinism
Lyuba Zarsky, Director, Globalization and Governance Program, Nautilus Institute. Homepage.
            APEC, globalization, and sustainable development. The role of "clean technology."
Andrew Zolli (The Catalog of Tomorrow, 2002, Z+ Partners)
            Foresight; design; why transhumanism needs more humanism.

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