One of the most confounding challenges facing the sustainability movement is how to bring about a massive shift in human behavior. This master class explores a variety of powerful insights from cognitive science for developing successful social change strategies. You’ll learn how meaning arises in the workings of the human brain, why emotions are absolutely vital for engaging people in a process of persistent change, and what the root causes are that have driven societal institutions to the edge of ecological collapse.
At Cognitive Policy Works we realize that people everywhere need help thinking through the issues that matter most to them. This is why we tailor our services to allow atypical clients to be served. While high-powered consultants shape the elite politics in Washington D.C., there is little assistance for the progressive activist in small-town America.
This article is republished from Campaign for America’s Future. It has also appeared on Truthout and Alternet. There are dangerous currents running through America’s politics and the way we confront them is crucial. All through the dark years of the Bush Administration, progressives watched in horror as Constitutional protections vanished, nativist rhetoric ratcheted up, hate [...]
Perhaps it’s a truism to say the only thing that stays the same is change. But this little bit of wisdom has taken on new meaning in the midst of global economic upheaval, destabilized planetary climate, and a plethora of new challenges each decade that couldn’t have been fathomed a few years prior. The challenge [...]
At Cognitive Policy Works, we are developing new approaches to solving problems in society. At the heart of our work is an educational paradigm we believe can inspire new models of teaching and learning that address the needs of 21st Century communities. A bold vision like this requires more context than can be provided with [...]
The world is in need of some serious change. We all know this. And many people have taken the call personally and seriously. I encourage you to do the same. You can be an engine of creativity. You can be a catalyst for positive change in the world. It all starts when you see yourself [...]
A culture of trust is vital to solving the big problems of our age. Without trust, there can be no hope of real and lasting positive change in the world. Our challenges are too big to solve on our own. We must be able to work together and collaborate on an unprecedented scale to build [...]
Changing our politics will involve significant shifts in political – and interpersonal – culture. This may seem like a truism, yet it is common practice among progressive “political junkies” to place nearly all their attention on electoral campaigns and legislative battles. The assumption seems to be that if only we get more of our people [...]
Early last November (shortly after last year’s election), the staff of Cognitive Policy Works published our strategic initiative on prop 8. Our motivation was to help the progressive movement by offering a timely and practical demonstration of the value our perspective offers. It is with great pleasure that I can now say that we were [...]
Judith Warner’s recent post to her New York Times column Domestic Disturbances has raised some interesting issues about psychological reactions to the Obamas on the part of some Americans. In her Feb 5 column, “Sometimes a President Is Just a President”, she discusses the “dreams and obsessions” about the Obama family that an admittedly nonscientific sample [...]