United Kingdom, China, United States of America

15 – 15 July, 2021

Free Webinar: A Conversation on The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe

With Jeremy Lent, Author and Integrator

Linda Wong
Secretariat, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

Mirian Vilela, ECI Executive Director

Time and date:
Thursday, 15 July
5:00pm PST, 6:00pm Costa Rica, 8:00pm EST
Friday, 16 July      
8:00am Beijing, 9:00am Tokyo, 10:00am Canberra

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Brief description:

Our predominant worldview is probably the most significant factor leading our civilization to climate breakdown, ecological destruction, and gaping inequality. As people worldwide are losing their existential moorings, it is time to shift away from our dominant worldview of disconnection to one of deep interconnectedness.

Jeremy Lent’s new book, The Web of Meaning, addresses this in a brilliant way and offers a coherent and intellectually solid foundation for an alternative worldview based on deep interconnectedness, showing how modern scientific knowledge echoes the ancient wisdom of earlier cultures. This is an idea clearly linked with the vision articulated in the Earth Charter, which Lent affirms articulates “core principles of an ecological civilization.”

In this valuable book, the author offers a rigorous and integrated way of understanding our place in the cosmos that can serve as a philosophical foundation for a life-affirming future.

This webinar will offer an opportunity to hear Jeremy Lent in a conversation on key ideas embedded in his latest book.


  1. What are the three most important ideas you could extract from your book?
  2. What is the problem with the predominant worldview and how to change that? Can you share how you articulate the relationship of values, worldviews and actions?
  3. How can an ecological civilization emerge and how can we make this change happen faster?
  4. What does “Rewriting the operating system” mean and how do we make this happen?
  5. Cultivating Integrated Values… how can this take place and what could be the role of the Earth Charter?

Jeremy Lent, described by Guardian journalist George Monbiot as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age,” is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. Born in London, England, Lent received a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and was a former Internet company CEO. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present dayHis new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a solid foundation for an integrative worldview that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. Author website: jeremylent.com.

Organized by ECI in collaboration with CBDGDF