Educational Institutions

Metanexus Institute

  • New York, NY
  • www.metanexus.net

Mission Statement

Founded in 1998, Metanexus
promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of
foundational questions. Metanexus publishes an online journal and hosts events
designed to promote the exchange of innovative and transformational ideas.
Metanexus believes that this integrative and exploratory approach is vital to
our future wellbeing at this unique moment in the natural history of our planet
and the cultural evolution of our species.

Main Programs

  1. Big History : Big Problems : Big Questions
Service Areas

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International

Founded in 1998, Metanexus
promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of
foundational questions. Metanexus publishes an online journal and hosts events
designed to promote the exchange of innovative and transformational ideas.
Metanexus believes that this integrative and exploratory approach is vital to
our future wellbeing at this unique moment in the natural history of our planet
and the cultural evolution of our species.  We have worked with over 400 universities in 45 countries and hosted a dozen international conference.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

William Grassie Ph.D.

Keywords

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science, religion, research, education, Big History, Epic of Evolution, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary

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EIN

23-2977021

Physical Address

252 7TH AVE APT 8X

New York, NY 10001

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

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Overview

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Metanexus has worked with over 400 universities in 45 countries. Our website receives about 1,000 page views each day reaching some 250 countries.  We have hosted a dozen international conference and published 4 books. We are now actively promoting the teaching of Big History as the appropriate context for solving Big Problems and debating Big Questions.

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Program 1

Big History : Big Problems : Big Questions

It is now possible to teach the history of the universe, the
evolution of life, and the rise of human civilizations as an integrated, single
semester course or series of integrated courses. Typically science is taught as
separate specializations and history taught in different periods and regions.
Unique in Our Common Story is the
integration of all these different specializations into a single, narrative
account. Unique in this approach
is that the departmental distinctions between the scientific and humanistic
disciplines disappear to the mutual enrichment of the natural sciences, the
human sciences, and the humanities.

 

Some call this new integrated story told by science and
history “the New Cosmology” or “the Epic of Evolution.” Others call it “the History of Nature,”
or simply “Big History.” We are
calling it “Our Common Story,” because for the first time humans have an origin
“myth” that transcends all of our regional, religious, and tribal differences.

 

The advantages of teaching general science and world
history as an epic narrative are many: 

 

1.    
The integrative narrative provides a mnemonic for
students and adults alike to understand and remember the details of science and
history. 

2.    
This approach helps to inspire students and adults to
appreciate the awesome grandeur of the new sciences and the human
adventure. 

3.    
This approach helps students and adults to understand
the unique environmental, political, economic, and technological challenges of
the twenty-first century global civilization. 

4.    
This approach helps to address profound existential questions
of meaning and purpose, virtues and values, in ways that are respectful of
science, supportive of progressive religion, and conducive to civil societies.

 

Our Common Story
is an increasingly factual narrative that transcends and includes all of our
different stories. We see this
curriculum, and exploratory dialogues about how to interpret this story, as an
important component in addressing the challenges of culture wars and clashing
civilizations, as well as a productive context to solving many of the great
political, economic and environmental challenges in the world today. We seek to incubate such courses in
undergraduate colleges and universities, book clubs, religious congregations,
and ultimately in age-appropriate ways in K-12 education, here in the United
States and around the world.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Founded in 1998, Metanexus
promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of
foundational questions. Metanexus publishes an online journal and hosts events
designed to promote the exchange of innovative and transformational ideas.
Metanexus believes that this integrative and exploratory approach is vital to
our future wellbeing at this unique moment in the natural history of our planet
and the cultural evolution of our species.  We have worked with over 400 universities in 45 countries and hosted a dozen international conference.

Funding Needs

Metanexus is seeking funds to redevelop its website for Big History and develop content.  Metanexus is also seeking funding for a regional pilot project involving several universities and colleges.  Metanexus is also seeking funding to develop a multilingual online learning platform for Big History, initially in English-Arabic and English-Urdu, but eventually other languages as well.

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METANEXUS INSTITUTE
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Metanexus Institute

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Principal Officer

William Grassie Ph.D.

BIO

William Grassie received his
doctorate in religion from Temple University and his bachelor degree in
political science and international relations from Middlebury College. He has
taught in a variety of positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and
the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to graduate school, Grassie worked
for ten years in international relations and conflict resolution in Washington,
D.C; Jerusalem, Israel; West Berlin, Germany; and Philadelphia, PA.  He is
the recipient of a number of academic awards and grants from the American
Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton
Foundation.  In 2007-2008, Grassie served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in
the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy,
Sri Lanka. 

Grassie
is the founding executive director of the Metanexus Institute, which works to
promote scientifically
rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of foundational questions. 
Metanexus has worked with partners at some four hundred universities in
forty-five countries and publishes an online journal.  Grassie
is author of The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring
Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up(http://amzn.to/mRsHYz) (Palgrave Macmillian,
2010) and a collection of essays Politics by Other Means: Science and Religion in
the 21st Century(http://amzn.to/nwlWRE) (Metanexus, 2010).  Grassie has also edited two volumes: Advanced
Methodologies in the Scientific Study of Religion and Spirituality(http://amzn.to/vYzlcg)
(Metanexus, 2010) and H+/- Transhumanism and Its Critics(http://amzn.to/qaaFNO)
(Metanexus, 2010) with Gregory Hansell. 

For more information, go to www.metanexus.net(http://www.metanexus.net) and www.grassie.net(http://www.grassie.net) .

Also on Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/metanexus)
and Twitter(http://www.twitter.com/metanexus) .

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ed Devinney Ph. d.

Villanova University

Term: Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

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