Stephan Harding

Animate Earth book trailer on YouTube (5:10)

This beautiful, concise video (5:10) offers an excellent introduction to new ways of seeing. A trailer for Dr. Stephan Harding’s book Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia, it suggests we need to include qualitative ways of knowing the world (Goethian science) to our Western scientific quantitative ways. With brief appearances by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Margaret Wheatley, Dr. Brian Goodwin, and Sir John Whitmore, it will also give you a sense of life at Schumacher College in England.

Biography of Dr. Stephan Haring:
Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953. He came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue) at home. Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world. His scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioral ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University. He has worked and studied in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), Peru, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. It was in Venezuela that he learned to play the 4-stringed Venezuelan guitar known as the ‘cuatro’ (one of his passions).

In 1990 he became a founding member of Schumacher College in Devon, England, a unique college dedicated to "transformative learning for sustainable living". Schumacher College’s first teacher was Dr. James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship. They are scientific collaborators who were recently jointly appointed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Stephan lives on the college campus with his wife and son. He is a quiet man of huge heart, sharp mind, deep soul, and silly wit who cares deeply about the world. He is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia published in 2006 by Green Books (UK) and Chelsea Green (USA).

He is a colleague of David Abram's through the Alliance for Wild Ethics