"Following a long academic career spanning many disciplines Malcolm Hollick left the University of Western Australia in 1997 to live in the Findhorn ecovillage community in Scotland. He was foundation Principal of the holistic Findhorn College and is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia. The author of many academic papers he currently works as a freelance writer. He is author of The Science of Oneness: A worldview for the twenty first century and co author with Christine Connelly of Sustainable Communities: Lessons from aspiring eco villages, and Hope for Humanity: How understanding and healing trauma could solve the planetary crisis. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife Christine Connelly...
"Once again, my focus widened. I helped to organize three annual conferences on Pathways to the Future. Designed for a mix of senior high school students and the general public, these explored the interconnected issues of war, environmental destruction and poverty. This led me to help establish the Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies which played a significant role in redefining peace studies at the end of the cold war. As part of this involvement, I co-edited a book on conflict over natural resources in south-east Asia.
"Following the breakup of my family, I became interested in Buddhism, and particularly the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Later, I joined the management team of the Australian Transpersonal Institute which ran courses in personal and spiritual development. Unfortunately, it closed down some years ago.
"My last project as an academic was a study with my partner, Christine Connelly, of the contribution of ecovillages to sustainable development. Following six months of travel to intentional communities in Australia, the USA and Europe, we published Sustainable Communities: Lessons from Aspiring Eco-Villages.
"While on this study tour, we decided to join the famous Findhorn spiritual community and ecovillage in northern Scotland, where we lived for 12 years. While in Scotland, I wrote The Science of Oneness: A worldview for the twenty-first century. In this major work, I take a fresh look at the findings of modern science, and integrate them with insights from many spiritual traditions. I present a scientifically valid vision of cosmic reality as conscious, creative, loving, and purposeful. And I challenge us all to guide the evolution of humanity and the Earth in positive directions.
"Still wanting to uncover the root causes of the human predicament, Christine and I embarked on a new book in 2008. Published in February 2011, Hope for Humanity is about the impact of trauma on individuals, communities and civilization. We concluded that humanity will not be able to overcome the major challenges of war, violence, poverty and environmental destruction until we take effective steps to reduce the incidence of trauma."
Resources and articles
- humansolutionsnow Malcolm Hollick, organizational web page, accessed September 19, 2013.