Science, Wisdom, and the Future
Humanity's Quest for a Flourishing Earth

 goes to The Evergreen State College
in Olympia, Washington!

Cheryl Genet, Ph.D.
Managing Editor of the Collins Foundation Press
presented the important themes of the book in a public lecture. This was followed by a two hour seminar with students who had used
Science, Wisdom, and the Future
as one of their text.

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Science, Wisdom, and the Future was used as a literature assignment in a spring course offered
at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. The course was entitled "Business and Sustainability: Myth or Method?" and was co-instructed by Bob McIntosh and Rebecca Chamberlin. Dr. Genet was invited by the course instructors to give a presentation open to the public, followed by a Q&A and a two hour seminar with their students. In the seminar the students engaged Dr. Genet with thoughtful and probing questions and then expressed their thoughts on the scope and depth of the book chapters. Even though the class was focused on business, the students clearly appreciated the value of the diverse perspectives of the book's authors to enlarge the context of their thinking about sustainable business practices and their value in creating a flourishing Earth.

Genet discusses the status of our global climate described by Peter Hess and Richard McDonald's chapter

Rebecca Chamberlain (left) introduces Cheryl Genet

Evergreen's  facilities are state-of-the-art

Entertaining questions and interacting  with 


 students was a pleasant experience for all.

Genet fielding questions

Rebecca Chamberlain directs a question

      In the final hour students gather for a consideration
of their semester's work.. 

They also discuss the value of  
Science, Wisdom, and the Future
for their course work.

Dr. Genet chats with Heather Englund, one of students

Evergreen's hospitality and facilities were outstanding!

Bob McIntosh, Cheryl Genet, Rebecca Chamberlain
step outside for a photo op

Mary Beth Genet, Cheryl's sister-in-law, served as the photographer for the day--much appreciated!

Evergreen State College Press Release

Dr. Cheryl Genet to Speak on Science, Wisdom, & the Future
and Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth

This event is free and open to the public and takes place from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on June 2 at The Evergreen State College Campus in Seminar 2, E 1105.

Is a Flourishing Earth Possible?  What are the Challenges for Modern Business? 

Philosopher, professor, and editor of Science, Wisdom, and the Future: Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth, Cheryl Genet, Ph.D. will share insights, possibilities, and further questions as she draws from the expertise and scholarship of 41 authors, whose insights explain the multitude of challenges that face us, while also relaying hope, vision and solutions for our future. 

As the final speaker for the year-long programs, Business and Sustainability: Myth or Method? and Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Management, we will ask:

•  What does it mean to live sustainably on a personal, local, and global level?

•  How can we take these ideas, and create lives, businesses, and communities that live sustainably with each other and the Earth?

•  How can we promote and implement concepts of social change, ethics, personal and community enrichment, and support our goals in forming pathways toward cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability?

Cheryl Genet will explore important themes that arise from conversations among the book’s authors, including: Our interconnectedness with all life; the importance of community, relationships, and wisdom; our impact on living systems and resources of our planet; the urgent need to address our daunting reality and our future; our scientific cosmology’s capacity to inform and guide us. 

Cheryl Genet, Ph.D., is the Managing Editor of the Collins Foundation Press (CFP)—the publishing division of the Collins Educational Foundation (CEF). She is the director of the CEF’s Science and Humanities Program and its “Flourishing Earth Project,” a collaborative effort to create a dialogue about what a flourishing Earth would be like. 
The program promotes and supports efforts towards a sustainable future for ourselves, and the planet we call home.  She is a instructor of World Religions and Philosophy at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, and pursues research in interfaith relations, cosmological stories, and understanding our emerging global community. 

Cheryl is married to Russell M. Genet, Ph.D., a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic State University, Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College, and Director of the Orion Observatory. They have written papers, convened conferences, and carried on an interdisciplinary dialogue about cosmological traditions from the world’s science and wisdom traditions, raising challenging political, economic, and social questions about how to apply this information to real-world challenges. Her presentation, “Science, Wisdom, and the Future,” is the sequel to Russ Genet’s presentation, tracing humanities discovery of the cosmos, for the “Cosmology and Consciousness Summer Lecture Series, 2011,” made possible by the Noosphere Award from The Evergreen State College Foundation (    

This event was sponsored by: Business and Sustainability: Myth or Method? (an Evergreen program led by Bob McIntosh and Rebecca Chamberlain); Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Management (Thuy Vu), and Evergreen’s academic deans. 

Rebecca Chamberlain (360) 866-2141;
Jason Wettstein (360) 867-5213, (360) 451-3167;

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