Personal Blog of Joe Brewer

About Me

Public Speaking :: Innovation Design :: Integrative Research


I am a social visionary, innovation strategist and interdisciplinary scholar who weaves together brilliant people and ideas to create integrated solutions t0 the world’s most pressing challenges.  My passions include design for social change, the architecture of social enterprises, creating large-scale behavior change, and incubating social innovations that promote the growth of livable and resilient communities.

Every project I undertake is focused on getting humanity through the global sustainability bottleneck.  I have formal training in Earth Systems science, cognitive science, complex pattern formation, cultural evolution, and open collaborative processes.  I work internationally with social enterprises, civic institutions, and non-profits to solve the most challenging problems confronting humanity.

So if you need someone with broad knowledge of social cognition, planetary history, cultural evolution, whole system design, and the workings of human systems (all with an eye toward creating inspiring, systemic change in the world) — I am probably your guy!

Oh, you might enjoy knowing that I live in Seattle, WA with my wife and two cats.


I am available for hire!  Please email me if you’d like to:

  1. Inquire about speaking engagements and training workshops
  2. Schedule a consultation for strategy guidance or focused research initiatives
  3. Discuss custom research projects I can conduct for your team

Let’s collaborate!

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  1. This is exciting work! I can’t wait to see what unfolds next, Joe.

  2. I’ve read Lakoff and Weston. They are right about so many things. I recently presented the entire concept of “framing,” together with differing value systems and the neurophysiology underlying frames and values, with our local Democratic club and they loved it. As a psychologist I’ve always believed in the mission of making the “unconscious conscious.” But where to from here?

  3. Hi Lorraine,

    From here we converge on the new best practices as they align with the engagement and empowerment that comes through strong community mobilization. There is a lot of activity out there, but the institutions we need are not well configured for collaboration or synergistic action. So we need to rethink and redesign our institutional frames to reflect empowered communities in meaningful ways.

    Put more succinctly, the next step is to start using these powerful tools to engage and empower people everywhere. I’m a big fan of crowdsourcing because it has the potential to engage a large number of people in the co-creative process. Open collaboration is going to be essential to our success. Along with shared learning and rapid experimentation to discover the models and approaches that work best.



  4. Joe,

    Love your energy and am one of the people who funded the crowdfunding manual. Some of your writing is so lucid and wonderful – the blog on crowdfunding being an example of that.

    And then I read your description about yourself and I feel like I have to machete my way thru a rainforest of adjectives and buzzwords. The result I’m sure of trying to say much with as few words as possible. Just a bit turbo-ethereal for me.

    To put me in context, I’m a retired Boomer who is always interested in learning new tricks, so am intrigued by the power of social media, the mysteries of cognitive semantics and the whole new global mind set that has evolved with the internet.

    RE: the crowdfunding manual, I encourage you to keep the verbage fresh, clean and vital because I would like to use it with people my age and have it written so they can “get it” too.

    Looking forward to the adventure.


  5. Hi Janice,

    Thank you for the helpful feedback and words of encouragement. It’s always a strange irony when gifted communicators find difficulty describing themselves. I’ll take your suggestions to heart and ponder how to make this presentation of myself work better for people.

    Looking forward to future conversations!


    • I just want to add that I see it (dense writing) cause I’ve done it and understand how hard it is to communicate a rich cluster of ideas in a succinct way. Sometimes less is better, but it is hard to let go of some of our favorite phrases. Sometimes diluting is better, but then the piece gets longer. Dealing with it is the cost of having a mind overflowing with creative ideas. I’ve always longed for the reality of mind-melding. It would just make communication so much easier.

      my best and kindest wishes for you and your work, Joe.


  6. Joe

    Good to read about what you do.

    A roup of us have been seeking to bring the work of Deming into a ‘sustainability’ context, by putting ‘stuff’ for free onto the CQI website over the last 3 years. How might we further promote this material, so that people use it to inform their own journey?

    kind regards

    Antony Aitken

  7. Joe: I can see you are passionate and have an interesting view of the future.

    The Standard of Trust tribe has spent 6 years developing an open standard and P2P process for the capture, measurement, and utilization of Relationship Capital (RC). It is not just what you say, but what you do as well as what your followers say and do.

    RC validates your reputation by scoring kept-commitments and perceptions of you, your organization, or product/service.

    Keep up the great work and I look forward to talking with you in the near future!

    -Rob Peters

  8. […] were often dense like that. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this because last Thursday Joe Brewer put on one of his periodic “Innovation Salons“. The theme was how systems […]

  9. Joe, You are a genius. Finally someone has crystallized the problem and the solution. I will continue to follow you and spread your message.
    Regards and Good Luck, John

  10. […] with permission from the author, Joe Brewer, Empathy Surplus Project […]

  11. This is great information! While we are the topic of applying science to social systems, I would highly recommend looking into The Venus Project created by Jacque Fresco.

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