Jean Houston, Margaret Mead, Helen Keller on Tipping!

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Jean Houston

One of my all-time favorite quotes is the Margaret Mead gem: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has“.

THIS is the Tipping Point experiment in a nutshell, and today I am thrilled to be interviewing Jean Houston, one of the great story tellers of our time!


If you are not familiar with Jean’s work, this is a ‘MUST hear’ interview. She talks us through the current state of the world from the perspective of a cultural anthropologist who has spent 40+ years working on the ground in over 100 countries with the intent to deepen our understanding of what it really means to be a human being.

Because Jean consults with many of the world’s top business and political leaders, she gives an interesting perspective about how these people hold the whole systems shift we are ensconced.

We talk Jeffrey Sachs, Occupy Wall Street and also about her encounter with Helen Keller when she was a child.  She speaks of our collective need to nurture healthy learning communities, and the power of human potential through the vehicle of creativity.

Jean’s life has been mythic journey and her views about what is happening on the planet right now are relevant and enlightening!

There is also a comical moment where I was positive I heard Jean say ‘I have come to believe that we are NOT going to make it’ and I am glad I push her on this because what she said was actually quite different.

In the end, this interview symbolizes why I started this website in the first place…and I encourage you to share this beautiful dialogue with friends and family!


*The Tipping Point intro was created by Emmy award-winning composer/producer Gary Malkin, founder of Wisdom of the World – media for a meaningful life. Please click here to see more of Gary’s work.