Books By Elizabeth Debold
Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D., bestselling author, developmental psychologist, keynote speaker and consultant, has worked at the forefront of gender and cultural evolution for over three decades. A founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development directed by Dr. Carol Gilligan. Dr. Debold received her doctorate in human development and psychology in 1996. She served as Academic Director of the Master of Arts program in Conscious Evolution at The Graduate Institute. She has also taught at Harvard University and the New School for Social Research. Dr. Debold has been sought as an expert on girls, women, and the evolution of culture by major media outlets in the U.S. and abroad and has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She has consulted to numerous films and television programs, as well as to foundations, nonprofit educational organizations, schools, corporate law firms, and businesses.
Her work has appeared in academic publications, popular media, and international anthologies as well as in EnlightenNext magazine. She now is a Senior Fellow at Cohen’s nonprofit, EnlightenNext, where she served from 2002-2011 as Senior Editor of EnlightenNext (formerly What Is Enlightenment?) Magazine. She is a Senior Teacher of Evolutionary Enlightenment and Founder of the new online conversation, Artemis Forum.
As Plato understood more than two thousand years ago: “The states are as the men are; they grow out of human characters.” Therefore, in order to overcome the fractious and frozen condition of contemporary American politics, we need to improve and evolve the electorate itself.
From Developmental Politics: “In order to reform the ‘politics industry’ in general, and the influence of money in politics in particular, we must first overcome the cultural barriers to political agreement that currently stymie any attempts at structural reform.”
We are the agents of evolution in the noosphere, and its further progress depends on us. As we awaken to our role as agents of evolution’s progress, this reveals humanity’s transcendent higher purpose: We are the bearers of the universe’s teleology—our purposes are its purposes.
From Developmental Politics: “Taking an evolutionary perspective on our political problems helps reframe our hyper-polarized political condition as a golden opportunity to bring about the next emergent level of our civilization’s development.”
From Developmental Politics: “The higher purposes which we recognize as *transcendent* have a kind of magnetic power that draws us forward. As Oxford philosopher Iris Murdoch wrote, ‘we are spiritual creatures, attracted by excellence and made for the Good.’”