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Barbara Marx Hubbard (born Barbara Marx; December 22, 1929)  is a futurist, author and public speaker. She is credited with the concepts of ‘The Synergy Engine’ and the 'birthing' of humanity.
A Jewish agnostic, her father was toy maker Louis Marx. In her youth she attended the Dalton School in New York City. She studied at L'Ecole des Sciences Politiques at La Sorbonne in Paris during her junior year of college, and received a B.A. cum laude in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 1951.
Barbara Marx Hubbard is a noted futurist, evolutionary thought leader, author of seven books, social innovator and public speaker. She is president of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and co-founder of many organizations including The World Future Society and The Association for Global New Thought. She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled “Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. She partnered with The Shift Network, launching the Birth 2012 movement on her birthday, December 22, 2012. She teaches thousands of students online on The Shift Network in a variety of courses on the theme of conscious evolution.
In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, calling for an office for the Future and a Peace Room in the White House to scan for, map, connect, and communicate what is working in the world. As co-founder of The Committee for the Future in Washington DC in the 1970’s she developed The Theater for the Future, and the SYNCON process for synergistic convergence, bringing opposing groups together in 25 conferences, as well as in several Soviet-American Summits during the Cold War. She produced a 14-part television series, Potentials, interviewing some of our greatest futurists, including Buckminster Fuller, Norman Cousins, Gene Roddenberry, Willis Harmon, Marilyn Ferguson and others.
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