In Conversation: Jeremy Lent and David Korten


How will our patterns of thinking shape our future? Join us when authors Jeremy Lent and David Korten discuss the patterns that have shaped history, and what it means for upcoming generations. Lent and Korten will be at Eagle Harbor Books on Sunday, February 25, from 3-4:30pm.

What does the future hold for our civilization? Can the patterns of the past help us make sense of where we’re going?

Korten, world-renowned author, activist, and co-founder/board chair of YES! Magazine, will discuss these topics with Lent, author of the groundbreaking book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning.

Published in 2017, The Patterning Instinct explores the different ways cultures have patterned meaning into the cosmos, and reveals how various worldviews arose and shaped the course of history. The book uncovers the hidden foundations of our modern unsustainable worldview, and offers a potential vision for a more harmonious future. The Guardian columnist George Monbiot has called the book "perhaps the most profound and far-reaching I’ve ever read.”

For the first time, these two leading thinkers will be in public dialogue together, to discuss the patterns of history that have led to today’s current crisis, possible trajectories to our future, and the crucial role each of us plays in determining what actually unfolds.


Jeremy Lent's writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. In addition to The Patterning Instinct, he is author of the science-fiction novel Requiem of the Human Soul. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview, both scientifically rigorous and intrinsically meaningful, that could enable humanity to flourish sustainably on the earth. More info:

David Korten, a Bainbridge local, is best known for The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth, the international best-seller, When Corporations Rule the World, and his regular column for YES! Magazine. He is president of the Living Economies Forum, based on Bainbridge Island, a member of the Club of Rome, and a former Harvard Business School professor, with MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School. His current work is focused on co-creating a new cultural narrative that will help advance the movement toward an Ecological Civilization.


Event date: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning Cover Image
By Jeremy Lent, Fritjof Capra (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781633882935
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Published: Prometheus Books - May 23rd, 2017