The Holonomics Ecosystem

I thought I would update a slide I created a couple of years ago, now that Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter has been published. I created this slide for a number of reasons, and it shows the connections and pathways through our book.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

You can click on the image to expand it, and because some of the titles are hard to read, I have provided the full list below. The first thing to note is that this list is by no means comprehensive, and is to be taken dynamically and not static. There are of course many other pathways through these books which are not shown, but I do quite like the image as it is, and so what I plan to do is to explore a few of these pathways with you in future articles.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

For those of you who may be interested in the masters degrees in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition at Schumacher College, Holonomics was written with a view to being one of the key introductory texts, and it will really help you understand the foundation of these courses in detail.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

As Satish Kumar, one of the founders of Schumacher College writes in the foreword:

In Holonomics Simon and Maria Robinson have made a great contribution in healing this disease of division and separation. The authors show that every discipline is connected to every other discipline.

Simon and Maria were students at Schumacher College. I am happy to say that the college benefited as much from their profound search for holistic knowledge and their experience of the business world as they benefited from the radical approach to learning at the college.

So even if you do not have the opportunity to actually take one of these degrees, Holonomics will both help you dive deep into their foundations and philosophy while also providing the narrative and pathways to inspire and help you to study further.

One final thing to note. I have already reviewed many of these books, so please check out my list of book reviews. Regular readers will also know I have plenty of articles about people such as Henri Bortoft, Fritjof Capra and Gadamer for example, so don’t forget to take a look at my key articles page and use the thematic links and blog search feature too.

The Books

Bohm, David and Peat, F. David (2011) Science, Order and Creativity, Routledge Classics

Bortoft, Henri, (1996) The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe’s Way of Science, Floris Books

Bortoft, Henri (2012) Taking Appearance Seriously: The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought, Floris Books

Campbell, Joseph, and Moyers, Bill (1991) The Power of Myth, Anchor

Capra, Fritjof and Luiso, Pier Luigi (2014) The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision, Cambridge University Press

Coombes, Gill (2014) Hearing Our Calling: Rethinking Work and the Workplace, Floris Books

de Geus, Arie (1999) The Living Company: Growth, Learning and Longevity in Business, Nicholas Brealey

Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1980) Dialogue and Dialectic: Eight Hermeneutical Studies on Plato, Yale University Press

Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1989) Truth and Method, Second Edition, Continuum

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1840) Theory of Colours, John Murray

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (2009) The Metamorphosis of Plants, MIT Press

Goodwin, Brian (1997) How the Leopard Changed Its Spots, Phoenix

Holdrege, Craig (2013) Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life, Floris Books

Hutchins, Giles (2012) The Nature of Business: Redesigning for Resilience, Green Books

Hutchins, Giles (2014) The Illusion of Separation: Exploring the Cause of our Current Crisis, Floris Books

Johnson, H. Thomas and Bröms, Anders (2000) Profit Beyond Measure: Extraordinary Results through Attention to Work and People, Free Press

Kidd, Emma (2015) First Steps to Seeing: A Path Towards Living Attentively, Floris Books

Koestler, Arthur (2014) The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe (reissue), Penguin Classics

Kumar, Satish (2013) Soil, Soul, Society: A New Trinity for our Time, Leaping Hare Press

Lambert, David, Chetland, Chris and Millar, Craig (2013) The Intuitive Way of Knowing: A Tribute to Brian Goodwin, Floris Books

Margulis, Lynn and Sagan, Dorion (1995) What is Life?, University of California Press

Prigogine, Ilya and Stengers, Isabelle (1984) Order Out of Chaos: Man’s New Dialogue with Nature, Bantam New Age Books, Toronto

Seamon, David and Zajonc, Arthur (1998) Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature, State University of New York Press, Albany NY

Scharmer, C. Otto (2009) Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges, Berrett Koehler, San Francisco

Steiner, Rudolf (2000) Nature’s Open Secret: Introductions to Goethe’s Scientific Writings,  trans. John Barnes and Mado Spiegler, Anthroposophic Press, Herndon, VA

Wachterhauser, Bruce (1999) Beyond Being: Gadamer’s Post-Platonic Hermeneutical Ontology, Northwestern University Press

The one slightly problematic area for me was finding an image for the books we reference relating to the Sathya Sai programme Human Values in Education. These books tend not be to available widely, so rather than list a book, please take a look at these links where much more information and free pdf books are available:


Global Overview of Sri Sathya Sai Education

In Brazil (Portuguese):

Instituto Sri Sathya Sai de Educação do Brasil

The actual book featured in the Holonomics Ecosystem is A Transformação pela Educação Espiritual and can be purchased in Brazil here.

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