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Living in a Living Universe - for Changemakers

the mindset and skillset for creating high impact in our interconnected and rapidly evolving world

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This course puts you on the leading edge of thinking today and equips you to navigate our increasingly complex world with clarity, compassion and impact.

The course explores three, major questions:

  • First, where are we? Are we living within a living system—or a non-living system? Where does the evidence of science point? In what direction do the insights from wisdom traditions point?
  • Second, who are we if we assume we live in a living universe? What is the nature of our identity?
  • Third, where are we going? As we awaken into aliveness and a more spacious view of our identity, how does that inform our evolutionary journey?

The course is made up of 15 modules each with a core video from Duane Elgin and many other great resources. It should take you between 7-12 hours depending on the amount of extra resources you explore.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Express clearly the major differences between the views regarding a living universe and a non-living or dead universe.
  2. Describe your sense of personal and collective purpose from the perspective of each of the two, major views of the universe.
  3. Describe how we might live differently in a world that embraced a living universe perspective. How would that change your everyday life? For example: The work that you do? The ways in which corporations would operate, advertise, treat their employees and customers? The ways in which local governments invest their public resources—in education, health care, social justice, and more?
  4. Define the key skills that you see as essential, both personally and socially, for moving through this time of great transition and living in this new world? Describe your views for “vision,” “voice,” and “community” that will support these skills. Are there other competencies, both inner and outer, that have been left out?

This course is available for undergraduate and graduate credits at Ubiquity University. For the full Ubiquity experience including small-group interaction, creative assignments with faculty feedback, extra self-mastery modules, mission change-project support and academic credits, contact registrar@ubiquityuniversity.org.

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Your Instructor


Duane Elgin
Duane Elgin

Specialties: Speaking and consulting on: 1) global trends and the dynamics of great transition for the human journey; 2) sustainable ways of living, both personal and collective; 3) social media for social change; and 4) the meeting of science and spirituality.

Since 2010, I have been the executive director of the "Great Transition Stories" project that offer new narratives to guide us toward a sustainable and meaningful future. Collaborations are developing with colleges and online learning, diverse media organizations, green businesses, civic groups and more.

Author: THE LIVING UNIVERSE: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); PROMISE AHEAD: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (Harper/Collins, 2000); AWAKENING EARTH: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (Morrow, 1993); and VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (Harper/Collins, latest edition 2010, first ed. 1981). Co-authored (with Joseph Campbell and others) CHANGING IMAGES OF MAN (Pergamon, 1982).

Researcher: In the early 1970s, I worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International, conducting research on the long-range future for government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the President's Science Advisor, and private corporations such as the Ford Motor Co. Prior to that I worked as a senior social scientist with a joint Congressional-Presidential Commission on the American Future.

Speaker: I have given more than 300 keynotes and workshops to audiences ranging from business executives and civic groups to spiritual communities and college students.

Media Activist: Over the past 30 years, I have co-founded three trans-partisan non-profit organizations working for media accountability and an empowered democracy.

Education: I have an MBA from Wharton (1968) and an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania (1969).


The course has many interesting and valuable informations, knowledge and transmits a lot of wisdom. The suggested skills and attitudes toward life and living, in my opinion, are very important and necessary for qualitative jump in human society and human society survival. I also like the Duane Elgin's passion, his commitment and great heart. (Mojca S)

I especially enjoy the thoughts on the connections between modern science and spirituality. There is a depth to this course I am deeply enjoying. (Lillie R)

The material being presented is very easy to follow. It is helpful to have the science to give confirmation to intuitive understanding. (Kathyrn S)

This course affects our total life individually and collectively. It also opens my eyes to the great majesty of a living universe. In my 9 decades of life and international travel this is the first time I have been exposed to a comprehensive awakening of living in a living universe. (Marlyse K)

Outstanding. Well organized. The course requires a lot of time, but is well worth it so as to gain depth of understanding. (David M)

This course provides a treasure-trove of resources to assist in deepening and broadening our human consciousness to an ecologic awareness. Duage Elgin, Peter Russell, and Jim Garrison each lend their voices to the Vision. (Gaynell M)

For all of you who have a wish to live and work within this kind of Living Universe, I urge you to take this course. (Ingrid H)

I've found this course to be a holistic and intriguing overview of our universe. There is scientific and religious information providing a tapestry of understanding. There is also extraordinarily interesting detail. (Pam)

I love this course! Jam-packed with relevant and interesting information as well as thought-provoking questions, it is definitely a fantastic course! (Christine M)


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
If you purchase the Lite version, it is completely self-paced and so you decide when you start, when you end and how long you take. If you purchase the Immersive or Academic versions, you take the course with other students and a Course Facilitator. For these versions, there are three starts per year - the beginning of January, May and September.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.