18 – 22 March, 2013
With Stephan Harding, Philip Franses, David Seamon and Roland Playle
Click here for a recent blog by Roland Playle on what to expect from this course.
Twenty years ago, Schumacher College started a ground-breaking new Masters programme in Holistic Science. The original intention of this course was academic but over the years people have applied this thinking in their works and lives.
Join us as we look at what Holistic Science means today. What is the new cutting edge in this emerging body of thought and how can it be used to address the social, ecological and economic challenges of today.
The inquiry will be facilitated in the framework of a Goethean phenomenological approach, in itself a holistic science practice, creating the space for participants to learn and inquire together through a process over the week.
This course is for all who have an interest, professional or otherwise, in broadening the way we understand and use science today and its relevance for resolving our world’s crises. It will be an opportunity to practice holistic thinking in this subject area, with leading thinkers and practitioners of holistic science today.
The week will include presentations by
Philip Franses as teacher of complexity. on his work in process and pilgrimage
Stephan Harding on his work with Gaia theory
David Seamon on his work with architecture at Kansas State University
Roland Playle on his work with organisations
David is an environment-behavior researcher and Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. David’s research interests include: human aspects of design; place and place-making; the nature of environmental and architectural experience; environmental and architectural aesthetics; Christopher Alexander’s theory and practice of wholeness; the “phenomenology of nature” developed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; phenomenology as a method of inquiry in the human sciences and environment-behavior research.
Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and as part of several of the short courses at the College. After completing his PhD at Oxford, Stephan was appointed Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica, where he lived for two years before becoming a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990. The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that culminated in their joint appointment as chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Stephan is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College.
Philip worked with the late Brian Goodwin here at the College on the use of language as a tool for interpreting and drawing meaning from the world. He will show how all of life, from individual genes to humans themselves, make use of their ability to communicate with each other and the world around them to live grounded and meaningful lives. Philip Franses lectures on the MSc in Holistic Science as teacher of complexity.
Philip is also Editor-in–Chief of the Holistic Science Journal
Roland has worked in a number of places internationally, with marginalised people and in conflict regions and is a graduate of the MSc in Holistic Science (2008). He takes a Goethean phenomenological approach to social and environmental work in communities and NGOs. He is currently involved in a facilitative project in suburban North Glasgow working with people and the landscape.
THIS COURSE FEE HAS BEEN REDUCED to £650 to encourage diverse participation.
All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.
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