Maharishi University of Management holds First Colloquy on Deep Sustainability

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Last month, Iowa's Maharishi University of Management held its first colloquy to define "deep sustainability" - an idea which takes a fundamental and holistic approach to making the world a better, healthier place to live.

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Deep sustainability challenges us to rethink the fundamental nature of our relationships with each other and with the entire earth — it redefines what it means to be truly human.

Sustainability experts from around the country gathered at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) for the university’s first annual Colloquy on Deep Sustainability held June 19–21 on the MUM campus.

Speakers included Sister Lucy Slinger, of the Franciscan Sisters Of Perpetual Adoration and Viterbo University, both in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Coleen O’Connell, professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a leading expert in sustainable community development; and John Ikerd, author, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, and one of the world’s leading experts on the family farm.

“Our focus was ‘deep sustainability,’” said Lonnie Gamble, assistant professor of sustainable living at MUM. “Deep sustainability is a worldview that moves sustainability beyond energy efficiency and substituting newer technologies for older technologies. It takes a more fundamental and holistic approach to making the world a better, healthier place to live. Deep sustainability challenges us to rethink the fundamental nature of our relationships with each other and with the entire earth — it redefines what it means to be truly human.”

To listen to the colloquy, search for “Listen to the Entire Colloquy on Deep Sustainability Now.

Founded in 1971, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers Consciousness-Based℠ education, a traditional academic curriculum enhanced with practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which reduces stress, develops total brain functioning and better health, and cultivates creativity and intelligence. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MUM offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit http://www.mum.edu.

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