Brian Thomas Swimme (born 1950)

The term “Ecozoic era” was coined while Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme were writing The Universe Story (1992). While Thomas invented the word and used it widely it was in the creative field of working with Brian that the word was initially drawn forth. For this reason, Brian’s work is implicated in the word.

Brian’s work, while it has many, many nuanced layers, focuses on The Universe Story, the telling of the scientific, fact-based origin story of the universe, Earth, life, and humans with passion, poetry and flair.

In relation to the Ecozoic era, it is important to understand this largest context, the universe and The Universe Story, because it helps to activate and situate our efforts toward the Ecozoic era.

From Brian’s website

Brian Thomas Swimme is Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of the universe. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community.

The Center for the Story of the Universe (Brian’s organization) is affiliated with the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. The mission of the Center for the Story of the Universe is to redirect the current self-destructive trajectory of society into one whose actions can realize a vibrant community that transcends individual, human and geo-political boundaries (emphasis added). The Center achieves this mission by assisting people in making the transition from modernist forms of consciousness to the emerging forms resonant with an ecological civilization (emphasis added). Through the production and distribution of DVDs, the Center for the Story of the Universe provides educational processes for exploring and embodying the new cosmological understanding of the universe, earth and human.

Swimme is the author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a ten year collaboration with cultural historian, Thomas Berry. Swimme is also the creator of three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos, The Earth’s Imagination, and The Powers of the Universe. Most recently he co-wrote and hosted the 60 minute film Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide.

He lectures widely and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History.