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Leadership and Social Transformation

Programs directed by Jean Houston

Join Jean live on Tuesday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m. as she talkes about the
Leadership and Social Transformation program.


We live in a time of profound radical, whole system change. The complexities entailed require a new kind of change agent, one who works from the inside-out and has developed the personal capacities required for the complex demands of effective leadership. Directed by Jean Houston, this program emphasizes both the development of consciousness capacities and the integrated skills essential for change leaders. The conventional divide between inner and outer learning is continually challenged, as students are encouraged and inspired to engage both, through project based learning. The development of the student's 'Trim Tab' project is given special emphasis, as its value is both process and product. The project vitalizes the process of learning by providing for the practical application of key concepts and principles. The completed project marks the student's journey through the program. 

Guided by Jean Houston and her work on Social Artistry, this program educates leaders in the fields of human development and social change. The program emphasizes both the development of personal capacities and the integrated skills essential for leading social and cultural transformation.

Jean-HoustonJean Houston, Chancellor of Meridian University, is a visionary researcher who has authored nearly 30 books and worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF and NASA. Dr. Houston has developed a worldwide network of leaders including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Dr. Houston's book, A Passion for the Possible, was an expansive compliment to her inspiring PBS special of the same name.

Dr. Houston has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, Marymount College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of California. She holds doctoral degrees in both psychology and religion. Since 2002, Dr. Houston has been working with the United Nations Development Program, training leaders in developing cultures throughout the world in the field of Social Artistry.


  1. Consciousness and Leadership Capacities
  2. Creative Inquiry Skills
  3. Facilitating Human Development Competencies
  4. Guiding Whole Systems Transition Competencies
  5. Professional Engagement and Integration Competencies


The degree programs which offer this concentration are:


  1. M.A. in Psychology
  2. Ph.D. in Psychology (meets the educational requirements for psychologist licensure in the state of California)


  1. ME.d. in Educational Leadership
  2. Ed.D in Organizational Leadership


Students participate in Meridian's Blended Learning format, which combines online coursework with two, week-long residential sessions taught by Jean Houston and the teaching team.


  • Winter Week: Monday, January 19 - Sunday, January 25, 2015
  • Summer Week: Monday, July 27 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

To learn more about the application process Click Here




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