Taking Our Work to the Next Level

Cognitive Policy Works has existed now for three years.  It started out as a consultancy that continues the mission of George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute, which closed its doors in April of 2008.  We have offered workshops and trainings on the framing of health care and education, the workings of the political mind, values-based communication, and the design of campaigns for large-scale behavioral change.  

Along the way, we helped incubate new engagement and communication tools with non-profit partners in the United Kingdom (as reported in Common Cause and Finding Frames). It has been such a pleasure serving progressive unions, environmental groups, advocates of universal health care, and urban planners along the way.  

And in the last year, we turned to crowdfunding as a means to collaborate more closely with our supporters, culminating in the release of the Progressive Strategy Handbook and two forthcoming manuals on Crowdfunding for Social Movements and Large-Scale Behavior Change.

All of this has been in preparation for a new level of impact.  I am excited to share with you my plans for taking these humble foundations to a whole new level.  This video explains it all:

My vision is to bridge the gap between the study of large-scale human behavior and the study of Earth’s changing systems.  This is the work I set out to do almost ten years ago (learn my full story here).  I am looking for collaborators, financial sponsors, and connections to forward-thinking academic institutions to enable this work to continue.

When I launched Cognitive Policy Works, my hope was to design and deploy next-generation best practices for political communication, advocacy, policy development, and economic planning.  Progress has been made on all fronts.  And now it is time to step up my game.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this.  Where do you see yourself fitting in?  What would you like to see accomplished?

In solidarity,

Joe Brewer
Founder & Director
Cognitive Policy Works

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