The Transformational Movement

In a 1946 telegram, Albert Einstein wrote “ . . .  a new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.”  Seventy years later, an emerging group of community leaders not only agree, but they further believe that the needed ‘new type of thinking’ will emerge only through the inner work of changing our fundamental stories about reality through raising consciousness. Their insights and efforts are now surfacing with a breadth and frequency suggestive of a budding social movement. For lack of a better term, let us call it the Transformational Movement. The defining feature of this movement is the understanding that changing our stories and shifting our consciousness is the foundation of any transition to a just and sustainable culture.


Many of the skills and techniques of the transformational movement simultaneously advance personal and societal transformation. Examples include approaches to organizational development, meeting practice or social action that facilitate inner development, healing, or connection at the same time that they advance towards the more tangible outcomes they seek.

In 2019, CTP will be working to bring together aspects of the transformational movement emerging within nonprofit organizations, within grassroots organizing and within communities of faith and practice.