Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder/director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.

His most recent work, Stealing Fire, was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. It documents an underground revolution in peak performance that is rapidly going mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar economy and forcing us to rethink how we lead more satisfying, productive and meaningful lives.

“What Kotler is seeking is nothing less than the big explanation”
- Village Voice

This work was preceded by two books about the technology, Tomorrowland, which is about those maverick innovators who transformed science-fiction ideas into science fact technology, and, Bold, which was called a “visionary roadmap for change,” by president Bill Clinton and spent many months atop both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

His previous book, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2013 and the first book in history to land on the New York Times bestseller lists in the sports, science, psychology, and business categories simultaneously. In Rise, Steven decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

Just as Rise explores the upper limits of individual possibility, his book, Abundance, explores the upper limits of societal possibility, breaking down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years. Abundance spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on four prestigious “Best Book of the Year” lists.

A Small, Furry Prayer—Steven’s book about the relationship between humans and animals—was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; West of  Jesus, which examines the neurobiology of spiritual experience, was a Pen/West finalist; and his bestselling novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight, won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award.

Steven’s work have been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures widely on human performance, disruptive technology and radical innovation.

Steven is also the cofounder of Creating Equilibrium, a conference/concert/innovation accelerator focused on solving critical environmental challenges, and, alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the cofounder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice care/special needs care dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds.


Our Mission

Flow Genome Project is a interdisciplinary, global organization committed to mapping the genome of Flow by 2020 and open sourcing it to everyone.

Who We Are

A collection of world-class academics, athletes and artists dedicated to taking Flow from the extreme to the mainstream.

What We Do

We advance Flow science and we train individuals and organizations to harness Flow in their lives and work.

50 Years of Flow Research in 6 Minutes


We love what we do and we live a little differently at the Rancho. We’re an actual home. Our dogs are never caged, crated, or fenced. We live together, hike together, eat together, sleep together, “read” together, and—of course—console one another when the Cleveland Browns don’t win. Which is very often, but that’s another story… Because we’re located on a small farm, our dogs enjoy plenty of nature. They wrestle, sniff, roll in the grass, watch the horses, chase the birds, loll in the sun, enjoy a good game of bitey-face, (and bitey-leg) play a lot of tag, romp in the snow, “help” us garden, or check out the newest mole hill.

Rancho de Chihuahua

We have a singular and science-based healing methodology, and we’ve had great luck healing the ‘impossibles.’ As for whom we take in, all of our dogs come from shelters. We take in two distinct ‘types.’ All of our dogs are ‘special needs.’

One half of our dogs are in hospice care.

One-half of our guys are long-term rehabilitations. They come with serious physical and/or psychological conditions and often require years of treatment before becoming eligible for adoption. A few will never be eligible, so live with us as “lifers.’ This makes our spaces available very far and few between.

End-of-life care, and how a dog dies is very important to us. We pay particular attention to providing a loving, fear-free, pain-free end. Our veterinarian comes to Rancho, and Joy or Steven (often both) are there at the end, gently and lovingly holding the dog. To read more about hospice care, click here.

Chis are over-represented in shelters, (to see why click here) and many, many young, healthy Chis die every day for lack of adopters. Please consider adopting from a local shelter if you are interested in a new Chihuahua family member. Mixes are truly great–and have far fewer health issues than the teeny-tiny Chihuahuas often coveted and sold by breeders.