Thomas J. Lombardo, Ph.D.

 

Email: tom@centerforfutureconsciousness.com
Website:
www.centerforfutureconsciousness.com

Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness, the Director of The Wisdom Page, the Managing Editor of Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College. A national and internationally recognized researcher, writer, and speaker, he has published six books and over fifty articles, and given roughly the same number of professional presentations on topics including: the history of scientific and philosophical thought; wisdom, character virtues, and the future of education; future consciousness and contemporary futurist thought; science fiction as the mythology of the future; and the future evolution of consciousness and mind.

He is an award-winning teacher and educator with over thirty-five years of professional experience in college teaching (online and in-person, graduate and undergraduate); curriculum and program development; workshop development and facilitation; faculty department and clinical supervision; and personal and educational staff development. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Lombardo was selected as the “Educator of the Quarter” by the international futurist magazine FUTUREtakes.

Dr. Lombardo is an editorial board member of the Journal of Futures Studies and served on the editorial board of the World Future Review. He was also a professional member of the World Future Society, and he is presently a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and World Future Studies Federation. Additionally, he is an Advisory Board member of Communities of the Future, the Lifeboat Foundation, the Foresight Education and Research Network, and the Acceleration Studies Foundation. He is one of the key developers of the WFSF Pedagogical Resources in Futures Studies.

As an educator and former department chair, Dr. Lombardo has developed a comprehensive approach to teaching and assessing the interconnected capacities of deep learning, critical thinking, educational ethics, and virtue and wisdom. For Dr. Lombardo, the development and modeling of wisdom, which he describes as the “highest expression of future consciousness,” should be the central goal of education. He has contributed numerous papers on wisdom and educational ethics to the premier wisdom website The Wisdom Page and has produced numerous published articles and workshop presentations in these areas as well. Copthorne Macdonald, creator of The Wisdom Page, considers Dr. Lombardo to be one of the leading, most original thinkers on these topics worldwide.

Also of special note, through an extensive series of publications and presentations, Dr. Lombardo has developed a holistic theory and comprehensive educational approach for enhancing “future consciousness,” which he defines as ”the total integrative set of psychological abilities, processes, and experiences that humans use to understand and deal with the future.” Synthesizing futurist concepts, philosophical ethics, and theory and research in psychology and wisdom, he has created and facilitated intensive, highly participatory workshops that have received outstanding reviews by attendees.

Dr. Lombardo’s published collection of essays, Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future (2011), brings together his main published articles on wisdom, future consciousness, ethics and virtue, creativity, and the future evolution of the human mind. His book, Mind Flight: A Journey into the Future (2011), chronicles the development of his philosophical and futurist thinking set within a personal and intellectual narrative that spans forty years. Copthorne Macdonald described Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future as “a profound, deeply important, and timely book” and Mind Flight as “a truly remarkable book.”

His two previous books on the future, The Evolution of Future Consciousness and Contemporary Futurist Thought (2006), provide a detailed psychological study of the human capacity to think about the future and trace this capacity from prehistoric to contemporary times. The many positive reviews of the books, which include write-ups in the international journals Futura, Futures, and Future Survey, describe them as “awesome,” “heroic,” and an “ambitious synthesis”; Wendell Bell, Professor Emeritus of Yale University, uses the terms “brilliant,” “encyclopedic,” and “masterpiece”; Walter Truett Anderson, President of the World Academy of Art and Science, states that the books represent “a maturing of future studies, placing it solidly within the larger frameworks of human thought”; and Tim Mack, President of the World Future Society, refers to the books as “innovative, thoughtful, enlightening, and entertaining,” adding that “Dr. Lombardo has accomplished what most of us can only dream about.”

Together with his wife, Jeanne, Dr. Lombardo has created one of the most informative and well respected futurist sites on the Web: Center for Future Consciousness (www.centerforfutureconsciusness.com). Evolving out of an ongoing series of local presentations to life-long learning centers, Dr. Lombardo has developed a comprehensive futures education curriculum (twenty-five educational modules) that covers future consciousness and philosophy; the future of science, technology, and the environment; and the future of psychology, education, society, religion, and culture. Many of these modules (as presentations) can be accessed on the CFC website.

Dr. Lombardo is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and University of Minnesota (Ph.D. in psychology with a minor in philosophy of science) and a graduate fellow of Cornell University, where he studied ecological psychology with the world renowned J.J. Gibson. Over the course of his career, he has served as: Psychology faculty at Indiana University NW, College of DuPage, Rosary College, Central Connecticut State College, and the University of Connecticut; Clinical Therapist at Tri-City Mental Health Center; Chief Psychologist and Educational Director at John Madden Mental Health Center; Professor and Dean of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology; Chair of the Psychology Instructional Council at Maricopa Community Colleges; and Futurist Faculty at the University of Advancing Technology. His first book, published in 1987, The Reciprocity of Perceiver and Environment, was the best-selling volume in Lawrence Erlbaum’s Resources in Ecological Psychology, has been translated into Japanese, and is being republished by Routledge Publishing in England.

References

  • Wendell Bell
    Professor Emeritus in Sociology - Yale University
  • Ed Cornish
    Former President of the World Future Society and Editor of The Futurist
  • Vernon Smith
    Educational Executive and Administrator
  • William Halal
    Director - TechCast - Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy Mack
    President of the World Future Society
  • Jonathon Richter
    The University of Oregon
  • Ray Todd Blackwood
    IT Professional
  • Linda Groff
    Professor - California State University
  • Jose Ramos
    Chief Editor - Journal of Future Studies
  • Richard Slaughter
    Former President – World Future Study Federation
  • Fabienne Goux-Baudiment
    Former President – World Future Study Federation
  • Rick Smyre
    Director of Communities of the Future

Publications

The Psychology of Future Consciousness: Flourishing in the Flow of Evolution, Forthcoming, 2016.

Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future, Vol. One: Prometheus to Star Maker, Forthcoming, 2016.

“The Psychology of Future Consciousness” Wisdom and the Future, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs121/1110472547640/archive/1124622678025.html, May, 2016.

“Book Review: Preparing for a World that Doesn't Exist - Yet: Framing a Second Enlightenment to Create Communities of the Future by Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson” Wisdom and the Future, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs121/1110472547640/archive/1124622678025.html, May, 2016.

“The Evolution of Well-Being and the Good: Part II: A Review of ‘Happiness Donut: A Confucian Critique of Positive Psychology’ by Louise Sundararajan.” Wisdom and the Future, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs121/1110472547640/archive/1123447935000.html, January, 2016.

“Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future,” Journal of Futures Studies, Vol.20, No. 2, December, 2015.

“The Evolution of Well-Being and the Good: Part I: A Review of ‘In Search of Coherence: Sketching a Theory of Sustainable Well-Being’ by Timo Hämäläinen” Wisdom and the Future, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs121/1110472547640/archive/1122077156426.html, September 2015.

“Superior Minds” Wisdom and the Future, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs121/1110472547640/archive/1119290338449.html , December, 2014.

“The Future Evolution of Consciousness” World Future Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall, 2014.

“Minds Toward the Future: Evolving the Wise Cyborg” Educause Review, November/December, 2013.

"Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity" Journal of Futures Studies, December, 2012.

"Life Journey of a Futurist: Memories of the Future by Wendell Bell" Book Review, World Future Review, Summer, 2012, Vol. 4, No. 2.

MInd Flight: A Journey into the Future. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibrius, 2011.

Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future: Selected Essays. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibrius, 2011.

“Creativity, Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future” Journal of Futures Studies, September, 2011.

“Consciousness and the Physical World: Ontological Reflections on Michael Towsey’s The Emergence of Subtle Organism” Journal of Futures Studies, September, 2011.

“Integrative, Holistic, Wisdom-Based Futures Education” in WorldFuture 2011: Moving from Vision to Action (Ed.Cynthia Wagner). Bethesda, Maryland: World Future Society, 2011.

“Educating the Wise Cyborg of the Future” Education Summit, World Future Society Annual Convention, Vancouver, 2011.

The Rough Guide to the Future by Jon Turney: Book Review” Futures Bulletin, May, 2011.

“The Ecological Cosmology of Consciousness” Journal of Cosmology, Special Issue: “Consciousness and the Universe”, Vol. 14, April-May, 2011.

“Wisdom, Enlightenment, Science, and the Future” in Science, Wisdom, and the Future: Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth (Ed. Cheryl and Russ Genet). San Margarita, CA: Collins Foundation Press, 2011.

“Wisdom in the 21st Century: A Theory of Psycho-Social Development” World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, Spring, 2011.

“Wisdom Facing Forward: What It Means to Have Heightened Future Consciousness” The Futurist, Vol. 44, No. 5, September-October, 2010.

“Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Futures Education” Journal of Future Studies, Volume 14, No. 4, June, 2010.

“The Wisdom of Future Consciousness” in Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World (Ed. Cynthia Wagner). Bethesda, Maryland: World Future Society, 2009.

“Understanding and Teaching Future Consciousness” On the Horizon, May, 2009.

“The Future Evolution of the Ecology of Mind” World Future Review, Volume One, Number One, Feb., 2009.

“Ethical Character Development and Personal and Academic Excellence” The Wisdom Page, "http://www.wisdompage.com/", April, 2008.

“The Evolution and Future Direction of Marriage” (with Jeanne Belisle Lombardo) in WorldFuture 2008: Seeing the Future Through New Eyes (Ed. Cynthia Wagner). Bethesda, Maryland: World Future Society, 2008.

“Futures Education and the Ideal Future Self-Narrative” Future Times: Learning for Tomorrow, Spring, 2008.

“Philosophy, Wisdom, and the Future” Future Times: Learning for Tomorrow, Winter, 2008.

“The Psychology and Evolution of Future Consciousness” Journal of Future Studies, Vol.12, No. 1, August, 2007.

“Developing Constructive and Creative Attitudes and Behaviors about the Future: Part IV – Wisdom, Virtues, and the Ideal Future Self-Narrative” in World Futures Study Federation Futures Bulletin, Volume 32, No. 3, Summer, 2007.

“Wisdom and the Second Enlightenment” in World Futures Study Federation Futures Bulletin, Volume 32, No. 3, Summer, 2007.

“Time, Future Consciousness, and Personal Responsibility” The Personal Responsibility Handbook, Free Market News Network, Summer, 2007.

“Cosmic Visions of the Future: The Science Fiction of Stephen Baxter” Future Times: Learning for Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No.4, May, 2007.

“Developing Constructive and Creative Attitudes and Behaviors about the Future: Part III – The Self-Narrative, Optimism and Self-Efficacy, and the Evolving Future Self” in World Futures Study Federation Futures Bulletin, Volume 32, No. 2, March, 2007.

“Developing Constructive and Creative Attitudes and Behaviors about the Future: Part Two – Thinking and Imagination” in World Futures Study Federation Futures Bulletin, Volume 32, No. 1, January, 2007.

“Reflections on Human Civilization: Alternative Realities in Robert Sawyer’s The Neanderthal Parallax” (with Jeanne Belisle Lombardo) Learning Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No. 3, January, 2007.

“Developing Constructive and Creative Attitudes and Behaviors about the Future: Part One – Deep Learning, Emotion, and Motivation” in World Futures Study Federation Futures Bulletin, Volume 31, No. 6, November, 2006.

“The Future Worlds of Science Fiction: Simmons’ Hyperion Epic” in Learning Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No. 2, June, 2006.

The Evolution of Future Consciousness. Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2006.

Contemporary Futurist Thought. Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2006.

“The Pursuit of Wisdom and the Future of Education” Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future. Mack, Timothy C. (Ed.) World Future Society, Bethesda, Maryland, 2006.

“Science Fiction and the Future: Accelerating into the Future” Learning Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring, 2006.

“Thinking Ahead: The Value of Future Consciousness”, The Futurist, January-February, 2006.

“The Value of Future Consciousness” in Foresight, Innovation, and Strategy Wagner, C. (Ed.) World Future Society, Bethesda, Maryland, 2005.

"Evolving Future Consciousness through the Pursuit of Virtue" (with Jonathon Richter) in Thinking Creatively in Turbulent Times. Didsbury, Howard (Ed.) World Future Society, Bethesda, Maryland, 2004.

Doorways to the Future: Theories, Themes, and Principles. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 2001.

“2000 Outlook: Philosophy” Ed Cetera, Winter, 2000.

“Purpose and Value of Thinking About the Future” The ABN Report: On Learning, Leadership, and the Future, Volume 7, No. 5, June, 1999.

The Odyssey of the Future, Integrated Studies Textbook, Rio Salado College, 1996-2000.

“Integrative Education for the Contemporary and Future World: The PASS Program at Rio Salado Community College” International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, Texas, 1996.

“The Impact of Information Technology: Learning, Living, and Loving in the Future” Visions, Spring, 1996.

Student Handbook for Activated Learning (with J. Arle, P. Case, and V. Smith) Rio Salado Community College, 1994.

“General Systems Theory and Clinical Psychology” NCSPP Newsletter, Summer, 1990.

The Reciprocity of Perceiver and Environment. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 1987. Translated into Japanese, 2000.

Professional Presentations and Workshops

“The East and the West: Global and Intercultural Perspectives on Wisdom and Enlightenment” World Future Society Annual Convention, Vancouver, July, 2011.

“Educating the Wise Cyborg of the Future” Education Summit, World Future Society Annual Convention, Vancouver, July, 2011.

“Creativity and Innovation for the 21st Century: From Theoretical Vision to Effective Action” (with Linda Groff and Jeanne Lombardo), World Future Society Annual Convention, Vancouver, July, 2011.

“Virtue and Wisdom, Freedom and Self-Responsibility” GED Graduation Speech, Florence State Prison, Florence, Arizona, August, 2010.

“Wisdom, Innovation, and the Future” Keynote Presentation, FM Global Mid-Year Meeting, Boston, July, 2010.

“Integrative Futures Education at the College Level” Education Summit, World Future Society Annual Convention, Boston, July, 2010.

“Whole Person, Whole Planet Education for the Future” (with Linda Groff and Jeanne Belisle Lombardo) World Future Society Annual Convention, Boston, July, 2010.

“Creativity, Innovation, Evolution, and the Future” (with Jeanne Belisle Lombardo and Linda Groff) World Future Society Annual Convention, Chicago, July, 2009.

“The Ethics of the Future” World Future Society Annual Convention, Chicago, July, 2009.

“Wisdom, Enlightenment, and the Future” Conference on Wisdom, Science, and the Future, San Luis Obispo, CA, June, 2009.

“The Future Evolution of the Human Mind” Conference on Wisdom, Science, and the Future, San Luis Obispo, CA, June, 2009.

“Consciousness of the Future and the Future of Consciousness” Institute of Applied Neuro-Linguistics, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July, 2008.

“Utopian Visions and Values for the Future” (with Jeanne Belisle Lombardo) World Future Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., July, 2008.

“The Future Evolution of Humanity, Consciousness, and the Human Mind” World Future Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., July, 2008.

“Evolving Future Consciousness: Professional Workshop” World Future Society Annual Conventions, 2007, 2008, 2009.

“Ethical Character Development and Personal and Academic Excellence” Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina, February, 2008.

“The Future of Psychology and the Psychology of the Future” Keynote Address, New Mexico Psychological Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November, 2007.

“The Evolution and Future Direction of Marriage” (with Jeanne Belisle Lombardo) World Future Society Annual Convention, Minneapolis, July, 2007.

“Enhancing Future Consciousness” (with Jonathon Richter) World Future Society Annual Convention, Minneapolis, July, 2007.

“The Second Enlightenment: Wisdom and Heightened Future Consciousness” Second Enlightenment Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, March, 2007.

“The Future of Science, Spirituality, and Religion” World Future Society Annual Convention, Toronto, July, 2006.

“Wisdom and the Future of Education” World Future Society Annual Convention, Toronto, July, 2006.

“Evolving Future Consciousness” American Association of Community Colleges Convention, Long Beach, April, 2006.  

“Evolving the Mind: The Future of Psychology” Los Angeles Future Salon, UCLA, June, 2005.

“Science Fiction as the Mythology of the Future” Contact Conference, NASA, Ames, California, April, 2005 and World Future Society Annual Convention, Chicago, July, 2005.

“Conscious Consumerism” Maricopa Wellness Program, Rio Salado College, April, 2005.

“The Pursuit of Wisdom and the Future of Education” The School for the Future, King William College, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, March, 2005.

“Ethics and Values in Higher Education” MAT Annual Conference, Maricopa Community Colleges, March, 2005.

“Developing Future Consciousness” World Future Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., 2004.

“Science Fiction and the Study of the Future” World Future Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., 2004.

“Evolving Future Consciousness” World Future Society Annual Convention, San Francisco, 2003.

“The Future Evolution of Mind and Self” World Future Society Annual Convention, Houston, Texas, July, 2000.

“Integrative and Holistic Education within a Futures Framework” World Future Society Annual Convention, Houston, Texas, July, 2000.

“Creating the Future” Phoenix Leadership Development Council, September, 1999.

“Futures Education and the Future of Education” COTF Conferences on Futures Education, Rock Hill, South Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina, September and November, 1999.

“Futures Education" World Future Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., 1999.

"The Human-Techno Mix: The Future of Education" Sedona Conference on Media, Education, and the Future II, Sedona, Arizona, April, 1999.

“Introduction to the Odyssey of the Future” Opening Plenary Address - Sedona Conference on Media, Education, and the Future, Sedona, Arizona, April,1998.

“Unity, Diversity, and the Evolution of a Global Society” Sedona Conference on Media, Education, and the Future, Sedona, Arizona, April,1998.

“Religion, Spirituality, and the Metaphysics of the Future” Sedona Conference on Media, Education, and the Future, Sedona, Arizona, April,1998.

“Integrative Education for the Contemporary and Future World: The PASS Program at Rio Salado Community College” International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, Texas, 1996.