"Most of the learning relevant to our turning from a Money Economy to a Living Economy is taking place outside the walls of academia. Those who lead the way exhibit a deep love of life and possess the wisdom of the heart. Some may have advanced academic credentials; most do not. They share their learning through blogs, web publications, workshops, and conferences. Learning accumulates in the cultural and social DNA of the communities in which it occurs. There is a great need for systematic documentation to facilitate sharing and thereby accelerate humanity's global learning process.
"The continued relevance of today's educational institutions depends on their willingness and ability to rethink, retool, and restructure as they learn to connect with and serve the grassroots social-learning initiatives taking place all around them. They need to:
"• Strip away the intellectual walls that isolate academic disciplines from one another and the physical walls that isolate formal learning from the living world.
"• Organize faculty and students into interdisciplinary learning teams that reach out to, engage, support, and learn from nearby community-based social-learning initiatives.
"• Shift their focus from specialized pre-employment degree programs to facilitation of lifelong learning.
"• Replace the metaphor of the machine with the metaphor of the living organism as the defining intellectual frame.
"• Staff departments of biology and ecology with biologists and ecologists who view life through a living-systems lens.
"• Feature history courses that examine through a holistic system lens how large-scale social transformation has occurred in human societies and draw out relevant lessons for contemporary change agents.
"• Replace economics departments with departments of living-household ecology and management that are staffed by applied ecologists. Confine the teaching of neoclassical economics to courses seeking lessons from a variety of historical examples of self-destructive intellectual misadventures.
"• Replace a business and public policy curriculum designed around the values and logic of phantom-wealth economics with one designed around the values and logic of living-wealth economics.
"• Replace engineering, architecture, and urban planning curricula centered on creating an auto-oriented infrastructure that suppresses nature and walls us off from life with curricula that support creating a life-oriented built infrastructure that connects us with one another and nature as living members of a living community.
"• Introduce law school courses exploring the nature, structure, and doctrines of an Earth law/rights of nature legal system."