Barbara Marx Hubbard

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Barbara Marx Hubbard (born Barbara Marx; December 22, 1929 – April 10, 2019) was an American futurist, author and public speaker. She is credited with the concepts of "The Synergy Engine"[1] and the "birthing" of humanity.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

A Jewish agnostic,[3] Barbara Marx was the first of four children of Irene (née Saltzman) and Louis Marx, a toy maker. 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,[4] and received a B.A. cum laude in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 1951.[5]


As an author, speaker, and co-founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, Hubbard posited that humanity was on the threshold of a quantum leap if newly emergent scientific, social, and spiritual capacities were integrated to address global crises.[citation needed]

She was the author of seven books on social and planetary evolution. In conjunction with the Shift Network, Barbara co-produced the worldwide “Birth 2012” multimedia event.[6]

She was the subject of a biography by author Neale Donald Walsch, The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of "YOU."[7] Deepak Chopra called her, "the voice for conscious evolution."[8]

Her name was placed in nomination for the vice-presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1984, and at which convention she gave a speech upon being nominated.[9] She was the first woman to be nominated for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket.[10] She also co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new concept called “SYNCON” to foster synergistic convergence with opposing groups. In addition, she co-founded the World Future Society, and the Association for Global New Thought.[11]


Hubbard fell ill with knee swelling on April 3, 2019, and was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado to receive treatment. She was later sent to the hospital emergency room. On April 6, a doctor reported that she hadn't woken from treatment easily and her condition continued to worsen. On April 8, Barbara expressed that she was preparing to leave.[12] On April 10, she was taken off of life support.[13]

Hubbard is survived by four children: Suzanne Hubbard, a tapestry artist, Woodleigh Hubbard, an artist and illustrator; Alexandra Morton, a marine biologist and environmental activist, and Lloyd Hubbard, retired USAF Lt. Colonel. Her eldest son, Wade Hubbard, a musician, preceded her. She has 8 grandchildren: Danielle Hubbard, Peter L. Hubbard, Jarrett Morton, Renee Brown, Clio Morton, Savannah Hubbard, Liam Hubbard, and Tegan Hubbard. She is survived by her siblings financier Louis Marx, Jr.; artist Jacqueline Barnett; social-change activist Patricia Ellsberg, wife of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg; and Curtis Marx, a computer scientist. Her longtime partner, Sidney Lanier, passed in 2013.[14]


  • The Evolutionary Journey: A Personal Guide to a Positive Future (1992 edition with Barry Weins and Wabun Wind). Evolutionary Press, 1982. ISBN 0-943408-01-6
  • The Hunger of Eve: One Woman's Odyssey Toward the Future. Island Pacific Northwest, 1989. ISBN 0-942133-00-5
  • The Revelation: Our Crisis is a Birth (The Book of Co-Creation). Foundation for Conscious Evolution, 1993. ISBN 0-9631032-0-2
  • The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium. Nataraj Publishing, 1995 (2nd ed.) ISBN 1-882591-21-6
  • Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential. New World Library, 1998. ISBN 1-57731-016-0
  • Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence. Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2001. ISBN 1-57174-204-2
  • Birth 2012 & Beyond: Humanity's Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution. Shift Books, 2012. ISBN 978-0984840700
  • Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential. Revised Edition. New World Library, 2015. ISBN 978-1-60868-117-4
  • The Suprasexual rEvolution: Toward the Birth of a Universal Humanity. With Marian Head. Marlin Press, 2012 ISBN 978-0-9839209-3-9


  • Humanity Ascending; OUR STORY DVD (2007)
  • Visions of a Universal Humanity DVD (2010)


  1. ^ Dekel, G. The Synergy Engine.
  2. ^ Lessons from Neale Donald Walsch ‘The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of You’. Part 1, page VII
  3. ^ Donald Walsch, Neale, "The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of You." Hay House, London, 2011 (page 187).
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-08-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Barbara Marx Hubbard". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  7. ^ The Foundation for Conscious Evolution Website: Mother of Invention
  8. ^ "Barbara Marx Hubbard". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  9. ^ 1984 Democratic National Convention Speech
  10. ^ Magazine, OMTimes (2019-04-11). "BARBARA MARX HUBBARD: The Voice of Conscious Evolution". OMTimes Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  11. ^ "Barbara Marx Hubbard". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  12. ^ Farrell, Paul (2019-04-11). "Barbara Marx Hubbard Dead: Famed Author Dies at 89". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  13. ^ Martino, Joe. "Barbara Marx Hubbard Peacefully Passed Away April 10th, 2019". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  14. ^ University, Ubiquity. "Tribute to Barbara Marx Hubbard". Retrieved 2019-04-20.

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