Charles Johnston

Charles Johnston

Author and creative executive in Seattle, Washington

About Charles

I'm not fully sure why I was invited to join this site as I am not formally involved with media. (I've included a formal bio below.) There are a couple of ways my contributions might be pertinent. As a psychiatrist I specialize in working with highly creative people. And as a futurist, I'm concerned with how we best understand how the arts can contribute at the cutting edge of culture. I think of art's purpose at its best to be that of giving voice to just emerging human capabilities.


I am a psychiatrist, futurist, and author. I am best known as the originator of Creative Systems Theory, a comprehensive framework for understanding change, purpose, and interrelationship in human systems. I direct the Institute for Creative Development, a Seattle-based non-partisan think tank and center for advanced leadership training. The concept of Cultural Maturity, a key notion within Creative Systems Theory, helps us make sense of the times we live in and the choices that will best support a healthy human future.

The professional side of my life has two primary parts. First, I have an ongoing private practice as a psychotherapist. The other primary part of my professional life involves my work as a futurist and author. (See Over the last fifteen years, my work has focused on further elaborating the concept of Cultural Maturity and the ideas of Creative Systems Theory. That work has resulted in three new books that address the future and what it asks of us: "Hope and the Future," "Cultural Maturity: A Guidebook for the Future," and "Quick and Dirty Answers to the Biggest of Questions." (See "Projects" below.)

The institute has recently completed updating and filling out all of the Creative Systems Theory-related websites (see The Institute blog supports conversation about the important questions ahead for the species and the challenges of mature leadership. (See

Name: Charles Johnston

Lives in: Seattle, Washington

Occupation: Author and Creative Executive

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