Inward Bound

  the greatest journey we ever go on

  Austin, TX  

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INWARD BOUND is a research and service practice of Dr. Oliver Markley.

Now in active retirement from organizational employment, I find that the core of my personal/professional mission is to "free the future" for individuals, couples, work teams and executives in ways that are in alignment with and guided by their Higher Self or Soul aspect of consciousness. To do this in as clear and unencumbered fashion as possible, I find myself Guided to make this work as free from commercial, religious, or other sectarian "paradigms" as possible. (More about this in the "costs" section below.)

At the Stanford Research Institute from 1968 to 1978, I led a visionary study, Changing Images of Man, that pioneered the idea of paradigm change for the economy and the whole of society, not just a scientific discipline. My work since then has been about developing "appropriate technologies" for personal and planetary transformation. Guided visionary journeys inward are a "best practice" toward this end.

From 1978 to 2000 I taught at the graduate program in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake-the world's first degree granting academic program in this important area of inquiry-where my course in Visionary Futures was a productive laboratory in which I investigated, developed and tested a wide variety of tools and techniques for personal and professional intuition and visionary transformation.


Although educated as a design engineer and social psychologist, my career focus has been that of a research futurist, consultant, teacher and guide, specializing in individual and group visioning and depth intuition for personal/ professional guidance and strategic effectiveness.

By way of background, my life and work is informed and inspired, both by historical teachers such as Lao Tzu, Guatama Buddha, Jesus, Patanjali, Rumi, Ramakrishna, Aurobindo and Olaf Stapledon; and by mentors with whom I have personally worked, such as Donald Campbell, Carl Rogers, Joseph Campbell and Willis Harman.  

My professional resume as may be seen at

The tools and techniques that have best stood the test of time with external audiences in business and other sectors of society form the corpus of INWARD BOUND offerings.

They are well-tested, effective and fun.