Jean Houston

Dr. Jean Houston
Scholar, philosopher and researcher
in human capacities

“The Entertainment Artist as Social Artist who Can Change the World”

In this powerful and often hilarious talk, Jean Houston will show you ways of exploring levels of inner growth worthy of the complexity of today’s world. She will lead you into new ways of being that will help make you, as an entertainment professional, an impassioned champion for the betterment of all, a bridge builder, a magnet for solutions, a peacemaker and a pathfinder, and best of all, a social artist, You will discover how a growth in consciousness can effect the creative solutions to the world’s problems. You will learn to acknowledge the critical choice point you occupy in this most important time.


Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement.

Jean has worked intensively in 40 cultures and over 100 countries helping global state leaders, leading educational institutions, business organizations, and millions of people to enhance and deepen their own capacities while applying these to new solutions for challenging times.

She is a prolific writer and author of 26 books including A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved, Life Force, The Possible Human, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, Jump Time, and Manual of the Peacemaker.

As advisor to UN agencies in human and cultural development, she has worked to implement some of their extensive educational and health programs especially as they relate to the millennium development goals. Since 2003, she has been working with the UN Development Program, training leaders in developing countries throughout the world in the new field of social artistry (human development in the light of social change). Dr. Houston has also served for a year and a half in an advisory capacity to President and Mrs. Clinton as well as helping Mrs. Clinton write, It Takes A Village To Raise A Child. She has also counseled leaders in similar positions in many countries and cultures.

Jean grew up in the entertainment industry, her father having written for many of the major comedians. While quite young, she herself received Off Broadway awards for acting and directing.


“How we view our life as a story often determines how life will treat us. So, if we see our life as a trivial story, we fall easily into inertia and defeat. Seeing our life as a larger story puts us back on our feet, helps us get on with living. And seeing our life as a great story can fill us with a passion for the possible, give us access codes to new ranges of possibilities, grants us a mythic life and a higher destiny.”