15 Weeks - May-August 2016 
Available and Affordable Online Globally.

The idea of a living universe is not a new invention. More than two thousand years ago, Plato said, "The universe is a single living creature that contains all living creatures within it." However, for the past three hundred years or so, science has viewed the universe as essentially non-living at its foundations and made up primarily of inert matter and empty space. A non-living view of the universe has led to resource and human exploitation, rampant materialism and global environmental degradation. To transform our planetary crises, we need to move past a paradigm of separation and exploitation and learn to live sustainably on the Earth, in harmony with one another, and in communion with the living universe. The mission of this course is to explore a vision of humanity's journey that has the breadth, depth, and reach to enable humanity to look beyond our many differences and galvanize our efforts in building a promising future, both personally and collectively.

This course will be 15 weeks in duration with video modules and quizzes online (Udemy or Teachable) and class discussions, self mastery exercises, and collaborative missions offered through Facebook.
Duane Elgin on The Living Universe
Dr. Duane Elgin on The Living Universe (2.5 minutes)
This course is a required course for all BA students and an elective course for MBA students. It is also a required course for the Foundation and Advanced Certificates in Social Innovation and Entrepreneur- ship and the Certificate in Leadership in Complex Times. All students take the same course together. What differs are the course requirements and Creative Assignment for the different degree  levels.

B y the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Think Critically: Reflect consciously on science and wisdom traditions and their respective views of the universe. Students will be able to compare and contrast at least four, key elements of a non-living and living universe perspective. 
  • See the perspectives shift: Understand and describe how the shift to a living universe perspective represents a foundational aspect of the "Great Transition" underway in the world, and how it is vital to cultivate at this time.
  • Awaken new skills: Recognize new skill sets and capacities required for meeting o ur rapidly changing and challenging world. Explore the greatest talents and "true gift s" that we can each bring to this time of transition. 
  • Demonstrate Collaboration Skills: Working with others collaboratively is a vital skill set. We emphasize a collaborative process of exploring and critically considering a topic or theme of their choice, with emphasis on the implications of a living or non-living view of the universe. 
  • Balance outer with inner inquiry: We assume students at Ubiquity are seeking inne r depth and meaning in learning as well as skills and understanding for working in th e outer world. To balance these two dimensions of life, Ubiquity provides students wi th key resources to deepen their own inquiry into the personal universe which opens to our collective universe.

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    Duane Elgin
      Duane Elgin, Ph.D.      
      Ubiquity University
    Dr. Duane Elgin has an an honorary Ph.D. for work in ecological and spiritual transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and an M.A. in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania.

    His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future (2000), Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (2010, 1993 and 1981), and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and other scholars, he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blogs.

    In the 1970s, worked as a senior staff member of a Presidential Commission on the American Future, looking ahead from 1970 to 2000. He then worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the long-range future: Anticipating Future National and Global Problems (for the National Science Foundation), Alternative Futures for Environmental Policy (for EPA), The Future of the Automobile (for the Ford Motor Co.), and Limits to the Management of Large, Complex Systems (for the President's Science Advisor).

    " This course provides a treasure-trove of resources to assist in deepening and broadening our human consciousness to an ecologic awareness." 
    G. Meij
    "I am so glad to be taking this course.  I recommend it to anyone who wants to gain more knowledge and understand our earth and universe. 
    It is critical at this time of climate change to become aware of the world around us. 
    The class is easy to move through and the supporting materials are great." 

    "I am finding the wisdom traditions and the spirituality of the living universe interesting and life affirming. The resources are very complementary and thought provoking. Thank you!" 
    C. Moran

    "There is scientific and religious information providing a tapestry of understanding. 
    There is also extraordinarily interesting detail." 
    P. Richmond

    "I love this course! Jam-packed with relevant and interesting information 
    as well as thought-provoking questions, it is definitely a fantastic course!" 
    C. Niblo

    "In my 9 decades of life and international travel 
    this is the first time I am exposed to a comprehensive awakening of living in a living universe. "
    M. Kusic

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