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Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution

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How do we create a good future? This deceptively simple question is the central challenge of human life. Indeed, the question brings to centre stage the most distinctive and empowering capacity of the human mind: to be able to consciously imagine, think about, and intentionally pursue preferable futures.

Tom Lombardo, the Director of the Center for Future Consciousness, refers to this multi-faceted psychological capacity within all of us as “future consciousness.” Our unique conscious minds, reflecting and amplifying nature’s vast and pervasive evolutionary process, have achieved an evolution in evolution—a jump to purposeful evolution—through future consciousness.

In his new book, "Future Consciousness", Tom outlines a "path to purposeful evolution": through the heightening of future consciousness, we can flourish in the flow of evolution and create a good future for ourselves, human society, and the planet.

In this London Futurists event, Tom will be sharing some highlights from his analysis, and responding to questions and suggestions from the audience.

About the book "Future Consciousness":

Here are some review comments (see this page ( for more):

"Tom Lombardo's [book] is a masterpiece of creating a deep understanding of the continuum of society's evolution at the same time that it sets the stage for the ongoing transformation of human consciousness that is needed for the sustainability of humanity during this shift from an Industrial Age to an Ecological Civilization. His book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how to re-conceptualize the future." ~ Rick Smyre, President, Center for Communities of the Future

"Tom Lombardo is probably the single most impressive thinker, philosopher and author I have met in recent times. His unique perspective about wisdom and future consciousness, his eye for what matters in life and his depth of knowledge and experience make this book a must-have for those concerned about the collective future evolution of human society." ~ Kiko Suarez, Vice President, Lumina Foundation

"Lombardo has written a masterpiece, a must-read book, not only for futurists, psychologists, social scientists, scholars, and academics of every type showing them how to improve their thinking about future consciousness, but also for ordinary people to improve the quality of their future daily lives." ~ Wendell Bell, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Yale University

"Tom has done it again! Always compelling, hugely informative, unconventionally provocative and wisdom inducing, he has created a definitive book on the psychology of future consciousness! A valuable resource for futurists and non-futurists alike." ~ Karen Sands, MCC, BCC, Leading Gerofuturist and Thought Leader on the Longevity Economy, and Ageless Aging

"It would be hard to imagine a book that covers such a vast landscape with the clarity and coherence found in [this book]... Tom Lombardo has connected all the dots: the future(s), agency, creativity, the good, well-being, flourishing, evolution, future consciousness, character, virtue and ultimately wisdom. He assembles an enormous mosaic of how these concepts interact that contains a philosophy of reality and of life that is truly breathtaking." ~ Dr. Peter Bishop, Strategic Foresight and Development Retired Professor, Human Sciences and Studies of the Future, Univ. Houston-Clear Lake Houston Texas

For more information about the content of the book, see this interview (

About the speaker:

Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. ( is the Director of the Center for Future Consciousness ( and The Wisdom Page (, the Managing Editor of the online journal Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona.

Tom is also a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation, a special honour given to members who have made a globally recognized, significant and original contribution to futures studies—an award given to only fifty futurists worldwide over the last fifty years.

Tom has published seven books and over fifty articles, and given an equal number of national and international presentations, covering such diverse topics as the future of education; utopian and dystopian futurist thought; wisdom and character virtues; the history of science fiction; the future evolution of the conscious mind; the “wise cyborg”; contemporary theories of the future; and how to heighten our future consciousness.

Tom is a member of numerous futurist organizations, including the Association of Professional Futurists, and contributing editor to futurist journals, such as the Journal of Futures Studies.

Tom is presently working on a new book series Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future—the first volume scheduled for publication next year—which has been hailed as “a brilliant piece of work” and “a ‘must-read’ and unavoidable reference book in the study both of science fiction and the future.”

Tom is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and University of Minnesota and a graduate fellow of Cornell University.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 7th October 2017.

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the 5th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

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