Joanna Macy


PhD Religious Studies, Syracuse University

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is also a leading voice in movements for peace, justice, and a safe environment. Interweaving her scholarship and four decades of activism, she has created both a ground-breaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

Joanna is an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness department. Her books include Mutual Causality in Buddhist Teachings and General Systems TheoryComing Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World with Molly Young Brown; Widening Circles: A Memoir; and World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewl. In 2007, Dr. Macy received an Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award, in honor of the United Nations International Women's Day.