Elisabet Sahtouris
Biography & Resources


Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolution biologist, futurist, author, and consultant to organizations. In her unique approach, called "Living Systems Design," she applies the principles of biology and evolution to organizational development so that organizations may become more functional, healthy "living systems," with increased resilience, stability, and cooperation. She is one of a select group of scientists rethinking the classic, mechanistic view of the universe. Her particular goal is to create sustainable health and well-being for humanity within the larger living systems of Earth.

Her books include EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution (iUniverse, 2000), A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us (John Wiley & Sons, 1998), and Biology Revisioned, co-authored with Willis Harman (North Atlantic Books, 1998). She has been invited to China by the Chinese National Science Association, organized Earth Celebration 2000 in Athens, Greece, and has been a United Nations consultant on indigenous peoples. She was a participant in the Humanity 3000 dialogues of the Foundation for the Future and in the Synthesis Dialogues with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. She consults with corporations and government organizations in Australia, Brazil, and the USA.

Dr. Sahtouris completed her postdoctoral work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught at the University of Massachusetts and M.I.T. She was a science writer for the Horizon/Nova television series. She currently resides in California.

selected books

EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution
(iUniverse, 2000)
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Biology Revisioned
with Willis Harman (North Atlantic Books, 1998)
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A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us
(Wiley, 1998)
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selected articles

The Biology of Globalization
(1998. Adapted from first publication in Perspectives in Business and Social Change)

After Darwin
(2003) On reuniting spirituality with science in order to form a new world view

Discovering the Living Universe: Scientific Spirituality for a Global Family

A Tentative Model for a Living Universe, Part 1

A Tentative Model for a Living Universe, Part 2

selected video, audio, dvd

Holistic Biology
Two interviews combined on one 60-min video with Jeffrey Michlove on the Thinking Allowed TV series

The Unfolding Story
60-min video aired on PBS

Cosmogenesis—Journey of a Silica Atom
Video in two parts.

1) Cosmogenesis: Using space images from NASA, Elisabet Sahtouris weaves a moving and poetic story of the 15 billion years of cosmic evolution.

2) Journey of a Silica Atom: In this intriguing tale one experiences the incredible interconnectedness of all our planet's geology and biology in a single living system.

other related websites



articles & interviews

Articles & interviews in EnlightenNext magazine

Faster Forward
(with Jeremy Rifkin, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ray Kurzweil)