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Holistic Science Conference: Applying Holistic Science

February 13 @ 10:00 am - February 14 @ 4:00 pm

Holistic Science is based on Goethe’s science of nature that considers each organism as the expression of a unified whole. It was developed in the UK by scientists such as Henri Bortoft, Margaret Colquhoun and Brian Goodwin, and is being applied to increasingly diverse areas. This conference presents a number of areas that are being enriched by the methods and practices of holistic science.

Zoom: The conference will be hosted on Zoom. Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you by email.

Cost: FREE

Registration: [email protected]

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This conference is hosted by the Field Centre in collaboration with the Holistic Science Journal and Schumacher College. Each session will consist of an hour presentation, followed by a short break and a discussion.

 

February 13

 

SESSION ONE: Holistic Science in Education

10:00 – Troy Vine (Field Centre, Schumacher College, Humboldt University of Berlin)

10:25 – short Break/transition

10:30 – Judyth Sassoon (Field Centre, University of Bristol)

11:00 – 15 minutes break

11:15 – 12 noon: Q&A (45 minutes)

Session Overview: Scientific practice was revolutionized in the early modern period by giving experience a leading role in scientific practice. Yet science and science education today are often theoretical and abstract, with the result that scientific concepts are often divorced from the scientists’ and students’ lived experience of the world. Holistic approaches to science also emphasize the role of experience, which can enrich the teaching of current scientific paradigms as well as develop holistic scientific paradigms. In this presentation, we will consider the place for teaching holistic scientific paradigms in the academic landscape and the place for Goethe’s comparative method in teaching contemporary biology.

 

SESSION TWO: Holistic Science in Special Needs Education

14:00 – Aonghus Gordon (Ruskin Mill Trust)

14:25 – short Break/transition

14:30 – Simon Reakes (Ruskin Mill Trust)

15:00 – 15-minute break

15:15 – 16:00 Q&A (45 minutes)

Session Overview: How can the paradigm of holistic science be applied in the field of special educational needs? This presentation will examine the long-standing methods of Goethean science used at Ruskin Mill Trust. In particular we will explore two areas: (1) nature and materiality in relation to practical skills, and (2) working in collaboration with spirit of place / genius loci. This session will include a step by step account of the Goethean science method and its application in the service of young people with special educational needs.

 

 

February 14

SESSION THREE: Holistic Science in Landscape Revival

10:00 – Minni Jain (The Flow Partnership, India)

10:25 – short Break/transition

10:30 – Philip Franses (Holistic Science Journal, The Flow Partnership, UK)

11:00 – 15 minutes break

11:15 – 12 noon: Q&A (45 minutes)

Session Overview: How do elements of the atom, codes in life and language transform together and connect into the natural meaning-making of wholeness? Henri Bortoft said “different environmental circumstances evoke the potential of the plant to express itself in a form which is appropriate to the specific conditions.” When a community sees this wholeness in nature, then it is able to work in a different way, not only in the isolation of water, goats, wheat, worms, clouds etc. “Different environmental circumstances evoke the potential of the landscape to express itself in a form of health which is appropriate to the specific conditions of droughts and floods.”  The session will cover real examples of landscape rejuvenation and river revival from India.

 

 

SESSION FOUR: Holistic Science in Community Revival

14:00 – Adriana Puech (Efecto Mariposa, Columbia)

14:25 – short Break/transition

14:30 – Bea Tadema (Escola Schumacher Brazil)

15:00 – 15-minute break

15:15 – 16:00 Q&A (45 minutes)

Session Overview: How can an accessible exploration of Holistic Science nourish and revive our lost sense of community? For the past ten years Escola Schumacher Brazil and Efecto Mariposa Colombia have developed a Holistic framework of learning to support community-wide endeavours networking into a social and experiential whole. This session will share stories from these initiatives in Colombia and Brazil.

 

Cost: FREE

Registration: [email protected]

Details

Start:
February 13 @ 10:00 am
End:
February 14 @ 4:00 pm

Organiser

Amy Smith
Email:
amy.smith@rmlt.org.uk

Venue

Online