CARTER PHIPPS is an author, consultant, and speaker who works at the intersection of business, politics, and culture.

Phipps is the bestselling author of Evolutionaries (Harper Perennial 2012). He is the co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, a non-profit social policy institute, whose mission is to bring new insights into the evolution of culture to the arena of politics and social policy. Phipps is an integrative thinker and his areas of interest and expertise range from business and politics to philosophy and psychology to science and technology. As executive editor of What Is Enlightenment? magazine from 2005-2010, he interviewed thought leaders across the intellectual landscape, and played a key role in making new thinking accessible to a wide audience.

His article, A Theologian of Renewal, was awarded a Gold Award for Editorial Excellence (2009) from Folio, the leading magazine industry awards. The white paper, Depolarizing the American Mind, co-authored with Steve McIntosh, was praised by NYU scholar Jonathan Haidt as being “among the most insightful essays I’ve ever read about the causes of our nation’s hyper-partisan polarization problem.”


Carter’s consulting work focuses on developing conscious leaders, effective communication strategies, and improved organizational cultures. An expert facilitator, he helps organizations identify and strategically work with their cultural and community stakeholders through understanding their values and worldviews. He has worked with a number of companies, startups, and nonprofits, including Hill and Knowlton Strategies, SJR Group, Tetra Pak, The Comet Group, Bluepoint Leadership Development, and the Baumann Foundation. In his work with the Institute for Cultural Evolution, he has partnered with the Omidyar Network, Conscious Capitalism, Breakthrough Institute, and Esalen Center for Theory and Research to host private, facilitated group discussions with national leaders from both Left and Right.

Phipps has spoken at educational institutions around the country, led transformational workshops, and regularly participates in conferences and leadership gatherings, including the Evolutionary Leaders Forum, Transformational Leadership Council and Conscious Capitalism summits. His upcoming book, Conscious Leadership, will be published by Portfolio/Penguin.

He has appeared on BBC Radio, MSNBC, and NPR. See Media for more.

As we search for a new orientation that will serve us for the next millennium, it would be hard to find a better guide than Carter Phipps.

Brian Swimme Ph.D.

California Institute of Integral Studies

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