HIGHER Education

We work with higher education leaders and faculty across the disciplines to develop, deliver, and enhance courses that expand worldviews and change lives.


Humanistic Management and Communications

An educational video series on the noosphere developed for courses in the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University

Professors Michael Pirson and Kimberley LaMarque Orman developed the Humanistic Management & Communications video series, in partnership with Human Energy, to empowers students in their courses at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, to become more proficient in leadership communication in the noosphere. The series focuses on teams and negotiation, and the power of our individual contributions to the whole. How we show up has a rippling effect in the noosphere. The project, which has been successfully implemented in courses at Fordham, has been presented at the N2 Conference and at the International Humanistic Management Association annual meeting, and the videos have subsequently been adopted for use by faculty at other universities, including California State University, San Bernardino, CA; Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru; Universidad de Piura (UDEP), Lima, Peru; Abat Oliba-CEU University, Barcelona, Spain.

Explore the series on our YouTube channel here, previewed below:


Stories of the Universe: an interdisciplinary 3-credit undergraduate course

“Stories of the Universe”  is an interdisciplinary undergraduate course developed and taught by Prof. Sheila Hassell Hughes, in partnership with Human Energy, for the January Term signature program at Saint Mary’s College of California. A 3-credit, 200-level course, taught on a four-week intensive schedule, it introduces students from a wide array of majors to the concept of the techno-social dilemma and the three-story model of human history and purpose developed by Human Energy. With units on the techno-social dilemma and on each of the three stories (traditional “first stories” of earthly and human origins or creation; the “second story” of science/evolution; and the “third story” of the noosphere), students read, view, listen, explore, discuss, and reflect on the meaning of storytelling and of particular grand stories, or “stories of the universe,” for shaping collective human life and instilling purpose in their own lives. 

Find more information, including the syllabus and a summary of student response, here

Rhetoric of Science: an interdisciplinary 4-credit undergraduate course

“Rhetoric of Science: Evolution” is an undergraduate course taught in the Communication Department, but developed through the lens of key concepts from Human Energy: the techno-social dilemma, three-story model, and the noosphere. This class was developed by Ellen Rigsby in partnership with Human Energy, for the Communication Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. A 4-credit, 400-level course, taught on a fifteen-week semester schedule, will introduce students to the rhetoric of science–how science is defined and contextualized by scientists, journalists and academics. With units on biology and evolution, artificial intelligence, and cosmology, students will read, view, listen, explore, discuss, and reflect on the meaning of human beings as scientific creators: linguistic and tool-making animals for shaping collective human life and instilling purpose in their own lives.


Nurturing the Noosphere on College Campuses: Challenges and Successes

A presentation at Human Energy’s 2023 N2 Conference on the interdisciplinary course “Science, Engineering, and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue” at Georgia Tech, by Prof. John D. Cressler.

Abstract available here.
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