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Tom Hurley

TJH Associates
96 Windward Way
Richmond, CA 94804

(510) 235-0627



What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

How do we co-develop and co-evolve our individual and collective capacities for wisdom, love, and creativity, to nourish all life?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

I have witnessed the awakening of collective intelligence and collective wisdom in many different groups. The experience of collective wisdom is a function of presence, and typically arises through participants’ common sensing of what is passing, present, and emerging in the group field (or collective consciousness), when attention and intention are focused by deeply shared purpose or a “question that matters”. Arriving at this marks a threshold in a group’s journey together, and quickens the personal and collective capacities of those present.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

The answer lies in the question itself. What most excites me about the exploration of collective wisdom is that it connects me to my deepest self – that it invites all participants to connect with their essential selves – that it calls forth our highest collective self – and that it brings us into a living relationship with the creative, self-organizing intelligence at the heart of life. I love the awakening that takes place in people and groups when we experience our capacity for inner knowing, when we open to Source, and when we let ourselves be guided by the wisdom intrinsic to our true nature … informed by conscious, whole-hearted engagement with others and the world.

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

I grew up in love with stories of the invisible worlds that surround us, whispering to us of greater potentials than most of us ordinarily recognize. I have learned about silence and the world’s soul through years of walking in the woods, on mountains, and by the sea … have nurtured exploration of the inner world through more than 33 years of inquiry in diverse spiritual traditions and consciousness disciplines … have convened and guided dozens of groups concerned with issues that ranged from integral healing and altruistic service to “business as nourishment for life” and sustainable futures, during 17 years at the Institute of Noetic Sciences … have helped organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors become more purpose-centered and principle-based, over five years as managing director of the Chaordic Alliance and now as an independent consultant … and have served as creative thinking partner and transformational guide to leaders committed to liberating the potential of everyone with whom they work, starting with themselves. On this journey, I have been blessed with many exceptional mentors, colleagues, and friends … and been graced by a variety of transformational experiences, some more painful than others.

How would you like to be available to others in this field? What would be a meaningful connection? Are you available to talk with others? What contribution might you be able to make?

I am available for conversation, coaching, consulting, and collaborative inquiry. As we get to know each other in conversation, we will discover where our callings resonate, what specific opportunities speak to us, and what mutual contributions are appropriate.

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