On 6th November, in a follow up to Andrew Harvey’s talk on Sacred Activism, science philosopher Claudius van Wyk will elaborate the significance of holistic science for personal integrity and accountability in a talk entitled, “The Implications of Holistic Science for Resilience and the Economic Commons: The role of Accountability in regenerating Civil Society”
Claudius is a philosopher of holistic science and has written and spoken widely about its implications for business ethics and corporate responsibility. He is an authority on the writings of the founder of holism Jan Smuts and is currently collaborating with Schumacher College on the development of a course on holistic science and leadership. He will be addressing the Civil Society Forum in London on a similar topic in a joint presentation with James Quilligan, the radical economist and champion of the Commons and will be bringing the thinking that comes out of that event directly here to Totnes. He is a director of a consultancy, Transformation Strategies Limited.
He writes: “We have unwittingly defaulted on our personal responsibility to ourselves, to our fellow human beings and to nature by giving away our power to institutions both governmental and corporate. The underlying assumptions of these institutions are rooted in the Newtonian model of the world, which fragments our experience and separates us from living connections. This in effect has resulted in the severance of the holistic right brain from the linear left brain leaving our institutions stranded in a one sided paradigm.”
He will suggest that it is now up to Civil Society, through deep and generative dialogue, to develop new sustainable institutions and to engage with the members of those existing institutions to transform their organizational practice as well as transforming our own individual practice. In doing so we are all challenged to once again become individually and collectively accountable.
The talk is on Tuesday evening 6th November at 8pm at the Methodist Church. The event is a joint promotion by Inner Transition and the Civil Society Forum in London.