Change Leaders Directory
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
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.
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.
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
Govern Evolution, 1987; Evolution
Isn't What it Used to Be, 1996;
Future of the Self, 1998; All
Connected Now, 2001
Evolution, globalization, and the self
John Arquilla, Military Strategist, USNPS.
and the Future of Conflict, 2000; Networks
and Netwars, 2001
Human-machine interface scenarios.
Pierre Baldi (The Shattered Self: The End of Natural Evolution,
Bioinformatics: A Machine Learning Approach,
The internal and external self in an environment of
Roland Barth, Learning
by Heart, 2001
Cultural and technological literacy; Education reform
Inquiries into the Relationship Between Technology and Spirituality
The wisdom of biology: understanding genetic systems
as complex neural networks.
Singularity mechanisms, metrics, and scenarios;
Leon Botstein, Jefferson's
High school reform in a world of accelerating change.
(Prof of Communications, U of Alabama)
Social implications of information
and communications technologies (ICT).
David Brin, Physicist; Sci-Fi and Non-Fiction Author. Homepage.
Transparent Society, 1999
Transparency and accelerating change.
John Brockman, Host, Edge.org
Third Culture, 1996; Digerati,
Next 50 Years, 2002
Damien Broderick, Author, AUSTRALIA.
Last Mortal Generation, 2000; The
Science and technology studies; Technological acceleration
MIT Media Lab, Virtual Community Builder.
The open singularity: human implications of accelerating
Jennifer Cobb, Cybergrace:
The Search for God in the Digital World, 1998
Spiritual evolution: Whitehead, DeChardin, and Wilber.
Char Davies, Founder, SoftImage,
Virtual Artist and Rearcher, Immersence
Cory Doctorow, Science fiction author; Singularity speculist.
and Out in the Magic Kingdom, 2003
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
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.
Spirit of Community, 1994; The
New Golden Rule, 1998; The
Limits of Privacy, 2000;
Monochrome Society, 2001; Next,
Communitarianism and democracy in an age of transparency.
Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins U. Homepage.
End of History, 1991; Trust,
Great Disruption, 1999;
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)
for Freedom. Homepage.
The Freedom Universal,
2008; Promoting the revision of governance constitutions to advance
freedom, justice, and prosperity.
(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,
Women, science, and transhumanism.
NPR's Tech Nation
("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,
Peter Hayes, Executive Director, Nautilus
The development of nuclear nonproliferation policy:
the Korean example
(Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science,
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
John Horgan, The
End of Science, 1996
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,
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
Extropy.org. Extropianism, accelerating change,
and singularity scenarios.
Hamlet on the Holodeck, 1997
Beatrix Murrell, Stoa
DeChardin, Hofstadter, and Bohm: stoic philosophy for
an accelerating world
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.
Cultural Creatives, 2001
Fifty million change agents: the new cultural creatives
and accelerating compassion
Howard Rheingold, Homepage.
Millenium Whole Earth Catalog, 1995; The
Virtual Community, 2000; Smart
The future of electronic community, democracy, and
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.
Biosphere and the Noosphere Reader, 1999
Tielhard's developmental cosmology: implications for
Transhumanism;neuroscience; special and general
Wrye Sententia, Director, Center
for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
Author, Tomorrow Now, 2002, Founder, Viridian Green movement.
Science fiction author; singularity speculist
Sky, 2003; Iron
Sunrise, 2004; Accelerando, 2005
Greg Stock, UCLA. Homepage.
Book of Questions, 1987; Metaman,
the Human Germline, 2000; Redesigning
Informational and biotechnological convergence. Choices
in biological intervention.
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
Ted's "Ten Voluntary Initiatives." Turner
Paul Virilio, FRANCE.
Dromological philosophy: The impact of speed in political,
organic, and technological spheres
Pro/Act, Create/Recreate, A Tribute
Lisa Walford, Author. Homepage.
Plan, 1994 (With Roy Walford, M.D.)
Personal longevity; Caloric restriction, hatha yoga,
Ken Wilber (A Brief History of Everything, 1996)
Integral approaches to understanding and living with
Langdon Winner (The Whale and the Reactor)
The dangers of technological determinism
Lyuba Zarsky, Director, Globalization
and Governance Program, Nautilus
APEC, globalization, and sustainable development. The
role of "clean technology."
Andrew Zolli (The Catalog of Tomorrow, 2002, Z+
Foresight; design; why transhumanism needs
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