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Laying Foundations for Large-Scale Change

In Human Behavior, Social Change on July 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm

If we are to tackle the major challenges of the 21st Century, we’ll need to address the cultural, political, and psychological drivers of our collective behavior.  Tomorrow I’ll give the first in a series of workshops on How to Bring About Large-Scale Behavior Change.  I believe this to be one of the most important topics that we can grapple with together.  The reason for doing this is simple:

Advancing threats to humanity outpace the intensity and scale of behavioral response


I’d like to share with you what we’ll cover in the first session to give you a better sense of how we intend to tackle such a monumental set of issues.  (If you like what you see, consider helping these materials become an open source design manual.)  The following outline shows how the four hour session will be broken down. Continue reading “Laying Foundations for Large-Scale Change” »

How to Be A Resilient Change Agent

In Human Behavior, Social Change on July 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Are you someone who wants to help address the big global challenges looming before us in the 21st Century?  You will need to prepare yourself for a long endeavor if you’re working on climate change, sustainable cities, social entrepreneurship, or global justice.  There are important choices to be made and vital life skills to learn in order to be an effective change agent across your lifetime.

I’ve been preparing a workshop on How to Bring About Large-Scale Behavior Change that I’ll give in Seattle later this summer and will emphasize the psychology of resilience in the midst of ongoing turbulence as a vital part of the learning tool kit.  Some of this material may be useful for you in your social change efforts so I am sharing it here.  After all, it’s going to be a bumpy ride and you’re going to need to manage the change process effectively if you want to be happy, healthy, and effective over the long haul. Continue reading “How to Be A Resilient Change Agent” »

Help Create Tools for Social Change!

In Human Behavior, Social Change, Wisdom of Crowds on July 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

This guest post was written by Eldan Goldenberg at Sustainable Seattle.

To change the world, we need to persuade one individual after another to change their behaviour.

This can seem like a daunting challenge, but there is a large body of knowledge out there about how to do it.  We at Sustainable Seattle think this is one of the most important challenges facing all of us, so we’re working to share this knowledge with as many people as we can, with classes and handbooks. Continue reading “Help Create Tools for Social Change!” »

On Making Philosophy More Responsible

In Human Behavior, Video Blog on July 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

In this video blog I reflect on the role of cognitive science for making our philosophies of human nature and society more empirically responsible.  These thoughts were inspired by reading books by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, in particular Philosophy in the Flesh and The Meaning of the Body.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about where theories of human nature have gone astray and how new discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology can help us be more systematic in testing our assumptions about what makes economic and political systems work for the betterment of humanity.

Please add questions or comments below and let’s discuss!