As Earth’s record attests, extinctions are as plentiful as successful adaptations. We may not make it this time. Natural systems may unravel beyond repair before new sustainable forms and structures take hold.
from World as Lover, World as Self (1991)
Joanna Rogers Macy is an eco-philosopher, environmental activist, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. With a commitment to addressing the ecological and social challenges of our time, Macy has developed innovative frameworks such as "The Work That Reconnects," which combines psychological insights, spiritual teachings, and environmental awareness to foster resilience and transformative change. Her work emphasizes the importance of embracing the interconnectedness of all life and empowering individuals to engage in meaningful actions that promote ecological sustainability and social justice. Through her books, workshops, and lectures, Joanna Macy has inspired countless individuals to cultivate a sense of planetary responsibility and engage in the collective effort to create a more sustainable and compassionate world.
≈ 5.7 hours
This overview of Joanna Macy’s innovative work combines deep ecology, general systems theory, and the Buddha’s teachings on interdependent co-arising. A blueprint for social change, World as Lover, World as Self shows how we can reverse the destructive attitudes that threaten our world.