The Future of Cognitive Policy Works

Throughout the last three years, this company has held the space for deep conversations about the role of cognitive science for politics, global issues, and the transition to a new economic paradigm. [Read the full story of Cognitive Policy Works here] We have continued the vital work of George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute by extending into the realm of implementation and partnering with collaborators around the world.

And now, three years into this experiment, we stand at a crossroad.  The days of working as a consulting team serving organizational clients have come and gone.  The economy has stripped most non-profits and government agencies of the discretionary funds to invest in innovative new ideas.  We have shifted modes and continued supporting our mission through crowdfunding campaigns that go directly to our community of fans to keep the ball rolling.  But this has not produced a viable revenue stream to enable me to dedicate myself full-time to this work.

So it is necessary that we consider other options.  It has become increasingly clear that the spirit of Cognitive Policy Works is in our relationship with you — the organizational strategists and community activists who hunger for systemic change in the culture of politics.  Acknowledging how our fates are intertwined, I’d like to open up a discussion about the future of our partnership.

What would you like to see Cognitive Policy Works become?  What needs does it serve for you now?  How might it better serve these and other needs in the days ahead?  I remain steadfastly committed to you and want to share better days as our relationship deepens.

One path I am considering is a return to academia in order to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on the application of cognitive science to global change.  This grows out of my desire to shape the institutions of the 21st Century by helping create new research centers and academic programs that integrate psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology — applying them to climate change, urban planning, economic development, and technology adoption.

If I go down this path (which would require me to pursue an independent Ph.D. because this field doesn’t currently exist), the nature of Cognitive Policy Works would have to adjust to my new role as a scholar and educator.  If I don’t go down this path, our future together becomes less certain.

You are my collaborators now, faithful readers.  What shall we do together in the next few years?

In solidarity,

Joe Brewer
Founder and Director
Cognitive Policy Works

Cognitive Policy Works specializes in providing organizations and individuals with frame analysis, policy briefs, strategic advising, and training.