Power of Community Summit

Feb 1-10, 2019

Fritjof Capra

Bestselling author, Scientist and Educator
Fritjof Capra

Fritjof's Capra's brilliant interview covers the systems view of life and how climate change is seen through this perspective. Fritjof shares his personal perspective and worldview, talks about co-evolution and complexity, and discusses the relationship between the local and global.

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  • Introduction
  • Systems view of life
  • Climate change and systems theory perspective
  • Feedback loops
  • Fritjof's personal perspective and worldview
  • Co-evolution and complexity
  • The relationship between the local and global
  • The most beautiful vision for the future
Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., is a scientist, educator, activist, and author of many international bestsellers that connect conceptual changes in science with broader changes in worldview and values in society.

A Vienna-born physicist and systems theorist, Capra first became popularly known for his book, The Tao of Physics, which explored the ways in which modern physics was changing our worldview from a mechanistic to a holistic and ecological one.

Over the past 30 years, Capra has been engaged in a systematic exploration of how other sciences and society are ushering in a similar shift in worldview, or paradigms, leading to a new vision of reality and a new understanding of the social implications of this cultural transformation.

The main focus of Capra’s environmental education and activism has been to help build and nurture sustainable communities. He believes that to do so, we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms.

References:

Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy
Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science, by Werner Heisenberg 

Books by Fritjof Capra: The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life, The Hidden Connections, The Systems View of Life

Capra Course

Václav Havel

Earth Charter

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11 Comments

  • I’m a Spiritual Ecology and Environmental Ethics Researcher

  • Martina De Rosi

    Thank you for this clear and beautiful interview. I liked very much the definition of hope as something you carry inside and that will lead you in anything you do, independently of outer happenings and facts and also without knowing the final result of what your are doing.
    And thank you again for reminding me of the importance of community and the idea of learning together as something that gives support, joy and fun. Sometimes I still get very frustrated when I try to transform (also just small actions or habits) in my life on my own.

  • YES!!!

  • Margaret Babcock

    I remember learning about ecology when I was in High School in Berkeley in the late 1960’s. I followed the writings of Donella Meadows closely and was distraught when she died too young. I saw the movie MINDWALK and loved it! This particular conversation today was more welcome than I can say. We are so embedded in the system of Life. We are not ON the earth; we ARE the earth and we are healing with conversations like this. Thank you. Deeply. Forming communities in this time of social media must counteract all the ways we separate and divide ourselves. It can happen naturally IF we consciously create the conditions for it.

  • Birbhadra Acharya

    Thank you for the excellent insights that you have given to the world on the systemic understanding of this world. I had read two books of Dr Capra, the Tao of Physics and the Turning point. It has given me such a wide understanding of the Western physical science and the metaphysical discourses of the East and their inter relationship. I had wanted to thank him so much and I find this forum the best place to do that. Thank you Dr. Capra.

  • Patricia Aguirre

    Thank you for emphasizing the importance of community!

  • Therese Geissberger

    Thank you so much for contributing your wonderful insights and inspiration!

  • Joachim Schemel

    Thank you for this opportunity to Listen to this great man.
    I fully agree with what he says.
    The Earth Charta could become, modified, the text of the environmental pact President Macron is working for in the UN (unfortunately with limited
    support)

  • Here in Brasil we have been in such a strong effort to reinforce the necessity of building neighbourhood communities really compromised with the whole ! These arguments and thoughts so well exposed by Dr. Capra are very important and I shall soon bring to the communhity I belong – Transition Towns Granja Viana – his points of view , in order to sthrengten the arguments and deeds capable of leading to habits and comsummers changes. And I strongly agree and thank Dr. Capra for his statement that shifts in society goes along with the choice of their leaders. Particularly we , here , are still in the way of learning how…

  • gerhard - gpk

    I wonder why everybody is so worried about the CO2 ? ! Every greenhouse-owner wants a lot of it , because it makes plants grow fast and big ! Plants need the CO2 ! ! ! Could it be that the increased CO2 is a measure of mother Earth to increase and speed up the growing of plants to counteract our cutting down the woods , …. etc. ? ? ? Almost all statements of the so called “climate-experts” are completely wrong ! We had times on Earth there was 3 – 4 times the amount of CO2 that we have today !
    Research and think ! !

  • Very interesting. Thanks.

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