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Transformative Change: conversations with Fritjof Capra

The Systems View of Life as a scientific basis of regeneration

Dr. Daniel C. Wahl; Dr. Fritjof Capra; and Simon Robinson, MSc.
Here is a link to a recording of the webinar (61 minutes)

We need to educate ourselves and educate each other to learn the basic principles of ecology and systemic thinking and then we need to filter this through the local conditions and the local culture to create something that is lasting, sustainable and effective.

— Fritjof Capra

We also highlighted that truly regenerative cultures need to pay more attention to the deeper questions that can guide longterm survival and thriving in a constantly changing world, rather than being too solutions focussed — yesterday’s solutions often turn into today’s problems. Fritjof linked this process of continuous transformation and ‘self-making’ with the work of Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela on ‘autopoiesis’ and took some time to reflect on his recent meeting with Maturana in Chile.

Nature is sustainable because it is regenerative. That is the key lesson.

— Fritjof Capra

Talking about the important work of Maturana and Varela led us to explore the ‘Santiago Theory of Cognition’ as a scientific basis of overcoming the Cartesian split between mind/body, self/world, and nature/culture. Life is an interconnected and interdependent planetary process that throughout evolution followed a core principle — as Janine Benyus has put it: “life creates conditions conducive to life”. Evolution is a process of diversification and subsequent integration of diversity at higher levels of complexity through predominantly collaborative processes (more here).

Short section of the last conversation in July 2017 (see links above for the rest of the webinar)



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Daniel Christian Wahl

Catalysing transformative innovation, cultural co-creation, whole systems design, and bioregional regeneration. Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures