The Great Blind Spot for Sustainability

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.

The first video explains what the blind spot is and offers a bit of history on how we came to the place we are today.  It introduces the emerging paradigm for human nature that is converging across various fields of research — including neuroscience, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology.

The second video continues to build this foundational perspective and moves into a discussion of Cognitive Policy and the application of research on human nature to political, cultural, and economic change.

Two sessions remain in the workshop series —

  • Tools for Social Change Campaigns — August 13th, 2011
  • Design Lab for Your Campaign — September 10th, 2011

(Register for them here)

If you find this material fascinating and want to see it translated into a Design Manual for Large-Scale Change, please consider helping out with this crowdfunding project.  I want to share this knowledge far and wide as an open source collaborative project.  And this is how I’m going about doing it.

As always, I appreciate any feedback and comments!

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