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The Center for the Story of the Universe is affiliated with the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. The mission of the Center for the Story of the Universe is to redirect the current self-destructive trajectory of society into one whose actions can realize a vibrant community that transcends individual, human and geo-political boundaries. The Center achieves this mission by assisting people in making the transition from modernist forms of consciousness to the emerging forms resonant with an ecological civilization. Through the production and distribution of DVDs, the Center for the Story of the Universe provides educational processes for exploring and embodying the new cosmological understanding of the universe, earth and human.

Brian Thomas Swimme is Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of the universe. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community.

Journey of the Universe won the Northern California regional Emmy for Best Documentary, 2011.

Swimme is the author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a ten year collaboration with cultural historian, Thomas Berry. Swimme is also the creator of three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos, The Earth’s Imagination, and The Powers of the Universe. Most recently he co-wrote and hosted the 60 minute film Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide.

He lectures widely and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Bruce Bochte is the executive director of the Center for the Story of the Universe since 1990 and has worked on the production and distribution of books and video programs on the story of the universe. Bruce has participated in the San Francisco Bay Area with The Bay Institute, The Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences.

Sue Espinosa is a project manager for Center for the Story of the Universe and San Francisco Bay Area resident. Her other passions include Spiritual Directors International, Emmaus Ministries USA and The Artists Guild of San Francisco. She has worked with Dr. Brian Swimme for over 25 years.