From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs: How Crisis Can Create Community

Photo by Debra Moffitt
Photo by Debra Moffitt

“Crisis offers a possibility to awaken as a participant in conscious evolution.” – Barbara Marx Hubbard

In the light of tragedy and catastrophe it’s easy to wonder why and become resigned. Instead, Barbara Marx Hubbard says,“Crisis has been a part of evolution of the species since its conception.” She sees big social challenges as an opportunity to grow and change. Hubbard is a futurist and evolutionary thought leader who is working with people to make it through the incredible shift that she sees coming. She has a growing following as she helps people to connect in communities and evolve. “Crisis precedes transformation,” she says. “Problems are evolutionary drivers, on both the personal and societal level.”

The recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, where murders in a sacred place could have provoked riots, instead opened the door for change proves how we can make conscious choices to buy into hate and panic. Or we can choose to consciously come together and create a space of peace and kindness.

Many people have arrived at a place of spiritual growth and transformation after falling ill, losing jobs, or experiencing relationship break-ups. The same may be happening in our communities. Maybe we need the breakdowns in order to move onto better things. As our social institutions breakdown – from the banking and financial sectors to the way food is cultivated, processed, and distributed – Hubbard invites us to look for breakthroughs in the ways we connect with each other. Hubbard, who associated with Dr. Jonas Salk and Buckminster Fuller, is leading a movement to become aware of our human potential and use it to evolve into a society that values cooperation over competition and values the contribution of each and every individual. The reflections and changes will bring opportunities to nourish ourselves differently and to create sustainable, healthy, inclusive lifestyles no longer based solely on materialistic views.

While some people foresee doom, Barbara Marx Hubbard’s view of the world is a refreshing shift towards possibility and transformation of ourselves and of society. She encourages people to create hubs to exchange ideas and resources, and to look at grassroots level organizations that are doing well what society’s biggest institutions are not. Micro-credit lending institutions, farms and food producers who work with nature and more, media that educates and feeds the soul. “For the first time the world has a shared problem that is awakening millions of us,” she says. Her message is one of hope. The problems are bringing about unprecedented innovation and transformation. “Humanity is being born as a universal species,” she says. The current crises that have brought us to the point where we can have the capacity to extinguish ourselves as a species is also bringing us into a deeper understanding of our inherent connectedness. “We’re one,” Hubbard says. She had a vision of a planetary rebirth, and at age 82 continues to work to connect people with each other.

Copyright, Debra Moffitt, 2013 and updated, July 2015. No portion of this blog post may be copied or used without written permission of the author, Debra Moffitt.  The text is based on an interview and personal conversations with Barbara Marx Hubbard in person when Debra and Barbara both presented during a conference at the Sophia Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.

Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery” (Llewellyn Worldwide, May 2013). A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at and on Facebook at:

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