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Creating A New Science — Human Interface with Global Change

In Global Integration, Human Behavior, Social Change, Video Blog on August 26, 2011 at 12:02 am

The 20th Century was an era of specialization.  Many new fields of research were created that separate one domain of knowledge from another.  The 21st Century must be an era of synthesis and integration.  The challenges set before us are incredibly complex, unfolding as seamlessly interconnected patterns that span the globe.

As a social innovator who specializes in human system design, I have spent many years gathering useful knowledge across disciplines.  And now I am setting out on a path to integrate two vast domains into a rigorous framework for strategic action — earth systems research and cognitive science.

The video above explains what I am setting out to do.

Essentially, I want to address the compounding problems of systemic risk that propagate across interconnected systems.  Over the years I have observed that a vital missing piece is the role of human beings in the unfolding patterns of change around us.  How we think about the world, what we are able to see, and what we believe all shape our responses to economic and political instability, natural disasters, and societal transitions during periods of turbulence. Continue reading “Creating A New Science — Human Interface with Global Change” »

Global Revolution in Alternate Reality?

In Collaboration, Economic Patterns, Social Change, Wisdom of Crowds on August 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Imagine it’s the year 2050 and a vibrant, high-tech global economy is thriving.  We made the transition away from fossil fuels.  Our cities are designed around regional security and multi-layered resilience.  Prosperity is widespread and capitalism has taken a new form that promotes human well-being as its modus operandi.  In other words, we’ve transitioned to a configuration of sustainability and relative stability on a planetary scale.

How did we get here?  It took a revolution. Continue reading “Global Revolution in Alternate Reality?” »

The Great Blind Spot for Sustainability

In Human Behavior, Social Change, Video Blog on August 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Addressing 21st Century challenges will require that we understand how human beings interface with global systems.  I’ve dedicated the last 10 years to the study of Earth System Science and the cognitive sciences to shed light on the Great Blind Spot for Sustainability.  This month I am offering a series of workshops to begin training change agents for the planetary transitions that are unfolding around us.

Video recordings were made of the first session on “Getting the Big Picture.” (Thanks to Kelly Gerling for filming this!)  I’d like to share some of the material we covered with you.

The two videos below offer an introduction to the application of cognitive science to solving 21st Century global challenges — exploring the significance of psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and linguistics and their implications for the transition to sustainability. Continue reading “The Great Blind Spot for Sustainability” »