My shortlist of people and events you’ll be glad you know about

Wisdom 2.0 

San Francisco, Feb 14-17th 2014 – Ever feel like we evolved more technologically than spiritually? Join the Wisdom 2.0 debate. “Where the technology and contemplative communities hash out the best ways to incorporate these tools into our lives – and keep them from taking over.” – Wired Magazine Where else would you get Eckhart Tolle and Mark Zuckerberg at the same event?

SXSW interactive

Austin, March 7-11th 2014 – One of the largest collections of talented people on earth and a great insight into what will be trending in 2014. You don’t need to be a techie, you just need to be interested in what’s emerging. Parties galore, the whole town comes alive with over 150,000 people involved! It includes sister music, film festivals, and more…

Hay House Writers Conference

San Francisco, March 22-23rd 2014 – Find out how some of the biggest names of the personal development industry got their breaks and got their first books published. Plus hang out with Hay House CEO, Reid Tracy, and their awesome events director, Nancy Levin. Oh, and one lucky person will walk away with a $10k advance and a Hay House publishing contract! Plus have their recommended editor Kelly Notaras take a look at your proposal or book idea.

International Enneagram Global Conference

I co-presented last year with my top buddy Michael Dolan and we had a blast – the Enneagram community is full of gems. This year, special treat – pre-day event with Richard Rohr, one of the fathers of the Enneagram movement and a very engaging keynoter. As well as just a nice guy.



People Whose Work I Admire …

Steve McIntosh – Steve is a thinker and writer inter alia, and invites us to think about our role as agents of evolution.  He is one of those guys who has wrapped his head around things to the point where he can teach complex stuff very clearly.  My only wish is that I could reproduce more of what he has me nodding to 🙂  Read one of his books, like Evolution’s Purpose, or check out the webshow we did last year.  I also credit Steve with turning me onto thinking about the potential desirability of a federal global governance structure.

Michael Ellsberg – Michael is a master of the new author paradigm.  I visited with him in a recent trip to New York, and he’s also great at making English afternoon tea, which I appreciated. If you do one thing, just read his blogpost here on Tim Ferriss’ blog.  His book ‘The Education of Millionaires’ is like the practical real life stories and strategies to Robert Kiyosaki’s ‘meta’ Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  I was hooked, and read it in one evening.  He’s one of those people who spots trends just as they are starting, so if you want to stay ahead of the curve, get on his mailing list.

Zak Stein – Zak blew me away with the level of rigor he has brought to testing the assumptions that get bandied around in the human development space.  How well do stages of development actually show up in the data?  After just one skype conversation with him, I was holding ‘center of gravity’ (the anchor point of someone’s development on a particular line) much more lightly – turns out there are unique pathways we follow to get to the same developmental achievements. Read this article by him – and check out our webshow which will be released in early 2014.

About Jack Butler

Jack Butler is a social entrepreneur, coach, workshop leader and speaker. His latest venture provides full spectrum human development through coaching, programmes and other development resources for leaders and entrepreneurs. He founded Future Foundations (, a leading youth personal development training organization. He is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association and a former fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jack was the IAB 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year runner-up and took a double first class degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Jack spends his time between London and Brighton in the UK and Boulder, CO and the Bay Area in the US. In his spare time, he enjoys physical challenges (3 Peaks Challenge 2010, Tresco Marathon 2006) and supporting The Simultaneous Policy Organisation ( He is a Partner in Passion and Purpose of the Grubb Guild, a voracious reader of personal, cultural and spiritual development, and likes to inquire, journal, travel and write.
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