Advisory Board

Dr. Linda J. Groff

Linda J. Groff, Ph.D. is Professor, Political Science & Future Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. She is a Global Futurist & Synergist who is also Co-Director of Global Options.
 
Linda authored Future Evolution of Humanity, Intercultural communication, interreligious dialogue, and peace, Models of Change, with Key Examples From the Future Studies Field: A Foresight Tool to Aid Policy-Makers, and The Information and Synergetics Revolution: Implications for Educational Leadership Change, and coauthored Futures studies and feminism, Spirituality, Religion, Culture, and Peace: Exploring the Foundations for Inner-Outer Peace in the Twenty-First Century, and Creating Global-Local Cultures of Peace. Read the full list of her publications!
 
She is an active member of many professional organizations over the years, including: World Future Society (WFS); World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF); Society for International Education, Training, & Research (SIETAR); International Studies Association (ISA); Peace Institute Foundation; International Peace Research Association (IPRA); National Conference on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution (NCPCR); Peace Studies Association (PSA); and Consorsium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (COPRED); United Religions Initiative; and others.
 
Linda is Past Member, Board of Editors, Futures Research Quarterly; Board Member, Peace Institute Foundation, S. Pacific Region; Board Member and Government Representative, United Nations Association of S. California, Los Angeles Chapter; Board Member, Center for International Dialogue; Editorial Board, International Journal of Peace Studies; and Council Member, International Peace Research Association. She is Chair, World Future Society Los Angeles Chapter, 1980–81; Program Chair, First Western Regional Conference of the World Future Society, “The Future of the Pacific Rim”, Los Angeles, 1986; Chair, Global Track of panels, World Future Society’s Sixth General Assembly, “Future View: The 1990s and Beyond”, Washington, D.C., 1989; Chair, Global Track of panels/workshops, Western Regional Conference of World Future Society, “Creating the 21st Century: Institutions and Social Change”, Anaheim, CA, 1992; Chair, five panels/workshops, World Future Society’s Seventh General Assembly, “Creating the 21st Century: Rights, Responsibilities, and Actions”, Washington, D.C., June 1993; Chair, “Globalization and Localization” Section, World Future Studies Federation Conference, Turku, Finland, August 1993, on “Coherence and Chaos in Our Uncommon Futures”; Co-Convener, “Religion and Peace Commission”, International Peace Research Association, 1994 on; Founding Member & Co-Convener, Spirituality, Worldviews, and Culture Section, Society for Intercultural Education, Training, & Research, 1996; and Co-Chair, with Dr. Paul Smoker, panels at a number of professional conferences—including World Future Society, World Futures Studies Federation, Society for Intercultural Education, Training, & Research, International Peace Research Association, Peace Studies Association, North American Simulation & Gaming Association, and others, 1993 on.
 
She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1962. She earned her M.A. in 1963, her M.A.L.D. (Law & Diplomacy) in 1966 and her Ph.D. in International Relations, all at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University & associated with Harvard University).
 
Linda says “To me the only ‘game in town’ is how we human beings are going to learn to live together on this planet, in a way that not only lets us survive, but increasingly meets the needs of people on this planet, so that human creativity and spirit can be unleased and humanity as a whole and in its wonderful diversity can evolve, using technology to improve our lives, while also living in harmony with, and as caretakers of, our natural environment, planet earth.” She is committed to do her small part to see that these goals are achieved.