Perspectives of Interconnectedness

Instructor: Sean Esbjorn-Hargens

At Ubiquity, we choose to see everything in the world as interconnected. But there are many ways we are interconnected – ecologically, economically, spiritually, socially, evolutionarily, and so on. Never before have we ever been so aware of the many ways we are interconnected. This course explores the major perspectives of our interconnectedness and identifies the major principles of that interconnectedness that cuts across those perspectives. By understanding interconnectedness from numerous angles and scales we will be able to increase our intimacy with the world and our effectiveness as change leaders in that world.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the unique strengths and limitations of 6 major perspectives of interconnectedness.
  2. Appreciate the complexity of the recursive relationship between how we view the world (epistemology) and the forms of interconnectedness we see (ontology).
  3. Honor the complexity of any given issue by using Integral Theory as a framework to highlight the multivalent nature of interconnectedness.
  4. Apply meta-principles of interconnectedness in a concrete way to specific examples in their own life.
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