Brief Bio 

Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D-- internationally known as a dynamic speaker and media personality-- is an evolution biologist, futurist, author and consultant on Living Systems Design. Dr. Sahtouris shows the relevance of biological systems to organizational design in businesses, government and global trade. Her books include A Walk Through TIme: from Stardust to Us, Biology Revisioned, co-authored with Willis Harman, and EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution.

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Full Bio:

Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D. is an evolution biologist, futurist, author, speaker and consultant on Living Systems Design. Showing the relevance of evolving biological systems to organizational design, she travels as a speaker in North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She makes television and radio appearances in addition to live speeches and workshops. 

Dr. Sahtouris is a citizen of the United States and of Greece, with a Canadian Ph.D. She did her post-doctoral work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, taught at the University of Massachusetts and M.I.T., was a science writer for the HORIZON/ NOVA TV series. She was invited to China by the Chinese National Science Association, organized Earth Celebrations 2000 in Athens, Greece and has been a United Nations consultant on indigenous peoples. She is a participant in the Humanity 3000 dialogues of the Foundation for the Future, the Synthesis Dialogues with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, and consults with corporations and government organizations in Australia, Brazil and the USA. 

Her books include: 

Biology Revisioned
North Atlantic Books 1998

A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us:
Wiley, NY 1998

EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution
Praeger 2000

Dr. Sahtouris uses nature's principles and practice, revealed in biological evolution, as useful models for organizational change. She applies them in the corporate world, in global politics and economics, in our efforts to create sustainable health and well being for humanity within the larger living systems of Earth.

Dr. Sahtouris' venues include:

  • United Nations, New York
  • The World Bank, Washington DC 
  • Siemens Management Training, Stanford University
  • Tokyo Dome Stadium
  • Sao Paulo's Getulio Vargas Business University 
  • UNIMED, Brasilia, Brazil 
  • The Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico 
  • State of the World Forum in San Francisco
  • National Tax Office of Australia
  • Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC

A biology that sees all nature as co-evolving holons [living entities] in holarchies [interdependent embeddedness] will quickly reveal much about humanity itself as one such holon-containing its own holarchy of individuals, families, organizations, communities, nations and world. Through this understanding of ourselves, we will gain profound insights on where we succeed and where we fail as a living system

E. Sahtouris, Biology Revisioned 

The Globalization of humanity is a natural, biological, evolutionary process. Yet we face an enormous crisis because the most central and important aspect of globalization-its economy-is currently being organized in a manner that so gravely violates the fundamental principles by which healthy living systems are organized that it threatens the demise of our whole civilization.

E. Sahtouris, The Biology of Globalization
Perspectives on Business and Global Change, Sept. 1997

We are learning that there is more than one way to organize functional systems, to produce order and balance; that the imperfect and flexible principles of nature lead to greater stability and resilience in natural systems than we have produced in ours-both technological and social-by following the mechanical laws we assumed were natural...On the whole, there seems to be good reason to believe our species' recklessly egotistical and destructive phase is coming to an end with new knowledge that leads us back to ancient wisdom. We are capable of regaining our reverence for life, of replacing the drive to conquer with the will to cooperate, of remaking our engineered institutions, including our corporations, into living systems.

E. Sahtouris, EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution


Dr. Sahtouris is available for:

  • Motivational keynote speeches 
  • Seminars or workshops (deeper exploration and participation)
  • Consulting by the day
  • Lecture series
on the following topics: (several of these can be combined in a single speech) 

for businesses

  • Why biology is good for business
  • How organic models can meet corporate needs
  • How quality of life and profits can improve together
  • Business lessons in repeating cycles of evolution
  • Self-organization principles in living systems
  • Essential features of healthy living systems
  • How management changes under organic principles
  • What healthy globalization would look like
for other organizations or public lectures
  • What does it mean to be part of a live planet?
  • Making biological sense of a world in evolution
  • Humanity as a living system in rapid evolution
  • The Internet: self-organizing system and key to human evolution
For fees and bookings please contact: 

Living Systems Design
Elisabet Sahtouris
2953 State St., Suite E

or email: elisabet@sahtouris.com


A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us, Wiley, NY 1998 
Elisabet Sahouris, with Cosmic Prologue by Brian Swimme; Intro and Epilog by Sid Liebes.

This book takes you through the cutting edge scientific story of Earth's five billion year evolution in enjoyable prose and gorgeous color pictures. Great for corporate gifts, families, libraries.
To order:http://www.globalcommunity.org/wtt/pipeline/book.html

Biology Revisioned North Atlantic Books, Berkeley 1997

Elisabet Sahtouris and Willis Harman (founder of the World Business Academy) in conversation about biology as self-organizing intelligent systems, rather than mechanical Darwinian accidents, and the relevance of this new understanding for human organizations.

EarthDance:Living Systems in Evolution, Praeger 2000

Elisabet Sahtouris shows human cultural evolution repeating ancient events in biological evolution, including an age of electric motors, nuclear and solar energy and the first WorldWideWeb two billion years ago in a bacterial nanoworld. 

to download FREE in PDF, HTML or text (Awaiting Re-printing) http://www.ratical.org/lifeweb/index.html


Radio Show Tape (60 minutes) 
New Dimensions Program: 2780 
Michael Thomas interviews Elisabet Sahtouris

Offering a multitude of reasons to remain hopeful despite dire predictions for our environment, Sahtouris is confident we can turn things around-and quickly-because "life is too intelligent to proceed by accident."


Video of two 30 min interviews with Elisabet Sahtouris on Thinking Allowed TV series (interviewer Jeffrey Michlove)

60-min video aired repeatedly on PBS

Scientists, including Elisabet Sahtouris, and other visionaries relate the story that is now unfolding of an interconnected, interdependent, living universe

Evolution Poetry
Video by Elisabet Sahtouris

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

Poem 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.


The Biology of Globalization

article by Elisabet Sahouris in Perspectives on Business and Social ChangeSeptember 1997


A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us

This exciting story of Earth's evolution is told in 90 colorful panels spaced along a one-mile walk, each foot representing one million years. Elisabet Sahtouris wrote the book based on this exhibit and is available to travel anywhere in the world with it. Book exhibit through
Book Dr. Sahtouris under Bookings on this site.