The Book:

For an Age in crisis, the book offers a vision of hope and a practical path through chaos.

This lyrical autobiography tells the tells the story of the author’s remarkable discoveries concerning Love, Beauty, Vitality, Wisdom, and Synchronicity derived from his training with grandmasters in Zen, qigong, and martial arts in Japan and the West. It also describes his current work as a public interest international and environmental lawyer through the organization he cofounded, the Broadband International Legal Action Network.


“Julian Gresser is among the most widely thoughtful people of his generation. How the leopard changed its spots is as deep as it is wide in topical scope. His journey to save us from species self-destruction has been a life truly worth living. This a great book impossible to put down. Every page is filled with wisdom and spiritual energy.” Stephen G. Post, PhD, Director of Medical Humanities, Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University

“This magisterial book made me “stop-look-go”. It promotes desirable ingenuity, rather than innovation. It weaves together wiser, overlapping futures. Gresser is a world expert in the “hard” humanities. The hard humanities are an attempt to redefine and focus the humanities to apply knowledge to solve social problems in a complex system of 8 billion humans. Gresser applies Einstein’s dictum to solve our problems in other ways than we used to create them. He has changed my thinking, favorably, often, in the half century I have known him.” Roger Malina, PhD, Professor of Art and Technology, Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Houston; Executive Director Emeritus, Leonardo

“Thank you again Julian for the  gift of your book –  your valedictory address to your life, and to life itself. The ‘evolutionary values’ you explore and articulate so masterfully, is a kind of Dharma of its own accord. It’s also—I sense—a love poem to your wise teachers of all faiths, the opportunities that have befallen and engaged you and to your beloved Angela (all part of your Sangha!). Those of us—your family heritage and friends- can only count the leopard spots, even as they continuously change.” Randall Weingarten, MD Adjunct Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Medical School

I can say that the book is a highly interesting portrayal of the development and changing foci of one of the most formidable intellects that I have encountered and that the emphasis on love of mankind, nature, the universe is the only recipe that can save us in the end. Peter L. Murray, Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University

“Your beautiful and fascinating book arrived last weekend. It is so beautifully written, thoughtful and inspiring, and we’re taking our time to digest and fully appreciate the wisdom and peacefulness which pervades the book.” Doug Wood, Founder and Director Americans for Responsible Technology. 

Evolutionary Conversations

Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine

The questions one asks oneself begin, at last, to illustrate the world.
James Baldwin

Our goal is to begin an open global conversation on Evolutionary Values focused on urgent community and planetary challenges. Each Evolutionary Conversation will focus on a compelling theme or situation and will highlight the work of others who are imaginatively engaged at a new frontier. In every instance, Evolutionary Values runs like a river just below the surface.

Just Click!—A Gift

One day Chang Sha went for a ramble in the mountains. When he returned and reached the gate, the head monk inquired, “Where are you coming from, Master?
Sha said, “from wandering in the mountains.”
The head monk continued, “Where did you go?”
Sha replied, “First, I pursued the fragrant grasses, then I returned following the falling flowers.”
Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku), Case 36

I spent the first forty years of my life chasing after fragrant grasses—this passion, that entrepreneurial venture; now, during my second forty years, I am following the falling flowers…

A simple practice can change your life in an instant. It is possible. Try this.