Fritjof Capra

Dr. Fritjof Capra is the author of four international bestsellers, The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, Uncommon Wisdom, and The Web of Life. His most recent book, The Hidden Connections, was published in 2002. Dr. Capra also co-wrote the screenplay for Mindwalk, a film based on his books that starred Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard, and was created and directed by his brother, Bernt Capra.

After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna in 1966, Fritjof did research in particle physics at the University of Paris, the University of California at Santa Cruz from 1968-70, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in 1970, Imperial College, University of London, and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California. He also taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, he has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years. He is one of the co-founders for The Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California and is a visiting professor at Schumacher College, England.

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Designing for life
The great challenge of our time is to create sustainable communities, designed in such a manner that their ways of life, businesses, economies, physical structures and technologies do not interfere with nature?s inherent ability to sustain life. The first step in this endeavor must be to become ?ecologically literate;? the second step is to move from ecoliteracy to ecodesign. We need to apply our ecological knowledge to the fundamental redesign of our technologies and social institutions, so as to bridge the current gap between human design and the ecologically sustainable systems of nature. Fritjof will discuss how designing for life will be the most important role of design in the twenty-first century.

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