I am delighted today to be able to share this news from Fritjof Capra about his new on-line course Capra Course which is based on his book The Systems View of Life coauthored with Pier Luigi Luisi and published by Cambridge University Press.
Capra Course will be launching early next year, and allows people around the world to join Fritjof as he takes them through twelve different lectures over the course of twelve weeks.
Fritjof introduces the course in this short film:
In addition to the lectures and course materials, Fritjof will be joining students on-line each week to discuss the ideas in more detail via on-line forums. In order to ensure that Fritjof is able to fully interact with everyone therefore, the numbers for each course will be limited.
In developing this course, Fritjof will not only be able to offer this course globally, but it will be run a number of times each year, thus helping to deepen our systemic understanding of life, its systems, and how we can act to enhance life and prosper, both ecologically and economically.
The lectures for the course were filmed earlier this year in São Paulo, Brazil, in front of a small audience. Both Maria and I were a part of this group, and for everyone, including Fritjof, it was an incredible experience.
While based around the structure of Fritjof’s latest book The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision which was co-authored with Pier Luigi Luisi, the course articulates in its entirety culmination of one of the most distinguished careers in ecology, systems thinking and complexity science, with indeed Fritjof himself saying to us at the end that he had felt that this was the best course he had ever given.
The lectures were filmed with the support of Amana-Key, whose production team oversaw the filming and who have been working for the last few months on the editing of the lectures. I am now also working with Fritjof on this project, and I took the opportunity to ask him a couple of questions about his vision for the course. I first asked why he had chosen to film the lectures in front of the small audience:
To film the course, I took Schumacher College as a model where I have taught similar courses to small groups of participants for twenty years. We created a small, intimate, and beautiful space and selected a diverse group of participants (many professions, age groups, ethnic backgrounds). I got very inspired teaching the course to this group in this beautiful setting. I think, quite frankly, that this is the best course I ever taught.
I was also really curious to find out what Fritjof’s own experience was like giving the lectures:
I told the students right at the beginning that we should forget the cameras as much as possible and treat it like a real course. We had very stimulating discussions after each lecture and, in fact, some of them were so interesting that they have been edited into the lectures.
If you have already watched the trailer, you will have also seen a few of the other students talking about their experiences. It was a great experience for Maria, who said this about the course:
This course comes at a very poignant time we are experiencing, with ever more complexity and chaos in the environment and in our lives. Fritjof is providing us with a new systemic and profound way of seeing and dealing with these problems and issues.
Fritjof is someone with so much knowledge and who truly lives what he is teaching. The way in which the course is formatted and sequenced is amazing, with each lesson building on the last, creating a very transformative experience.
To find out more about the course, and to sign up to Fritjof’s mailing list, you can now visit the new site at www.capracourse.net.
In a few week’s time, Maria and I will be hosting a Google Hangout with Fritjof where we will be discussing his life’s work and the course in much more detail. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask Frifjof a question as well, so please feel free to send us your questions using this form below: