Resolving Planetary Challenges from a Universe-Scaled, Evolutionary Systems Perspective...


We know more about the universe than any people ever knew. We have more command over the functioning of the Earth than any people ever had. Yet we are less intimate with the universe than peoples of prior times. This can be seen in the work of scientists who write with great insight into the earlier phases of the universe and then remark that the more we know about the universe, the less meaning it seems to have... Now that this awareness of the epic dimension of the evolutionary process begins to be seriously considered, a new world of understanding appears on the horizon. My first thought is that we not try to write theology at this moment. My thought is that we celebrate the glory of the universe that is there before us. We need have no doubt of the appropriateness of our celebration of the sacred in this epic narrative. Here we join the great wisdom traditions of the past. In the Epic of Evolution, science becomes a wisdom.

— Thomas Berry

1997 AAAS Epic of Evolution Conference


The Universe Institute is a non-profit think tank. It researches the world’s most critical issues from evolutionary and universe whole-systems meta-perspectives. It uses the new dialectical meta-systemic thinking methodology designed for understanding and managing the interacting complex systems within our lives and external environments.

Our core mission is to help ensure the survival of our planetary environment and humanity as a whole through our unique research and educational evolutionary perspectives.

We research in an integral manner the most critical issues that humanity must manage if we want to survive as a species. Topics include:

  • environmental sustainability particularly, global warming and climate destabilization
  • the stability of our economic systems and financial markets
  • war prevention and political stability
  • planetary resource management
    • marine protein depletion
    • fresh water supply
  • credible predictions for the collapse of critical systems
  • human population management
  • social justice
  • cultural and educational development

While researching these issues, we seek to define the ways in which we must act in order to survive current challenges and contribute to the successful evolution of life in the universe, creating a just planetary civilization, sustainable prosperity and high quality of life for all.

We achieve the educational part of our mission through publishing articles, papers and books. Through these articles, papers and books we outline the steps that are necessary for effectively solving our planetary challenges and avoiding the collapse of our planetary systems.

An important aspect of our educational framework is the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview, which provides individuals with a whole-systems scientific understanding of life in the universe, and the course of its progressive evolution over the last 13.7 billion years. It also provides insight into the ways in which life will most likely evolve successfully in the future.

The Universe Institute has a unique and important role to play at this critical evolutionary juncture, when humanity is faced with overwhelming planetary-scale challenges that are already adversely affecting the quality of life of most and threatening the very existence of all life. When its mission is fully executed, the Universe Institute will do its part to inform and empower humanity to resolve the greatest challenges we are currently facing.