Alan has been part of Prosocial’s development team since its inception in 2013, and is also a documentary filmmaker. His environmental documentaries have won awards for journalism, photography, and editing. They have been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, and educational versions have been distributed to schools internationally. His most recent documentary, Seeing the Forest, illustrates how Elinor Ostrom’s core design principles can evolve naturally in groups.
In addition to making films about Prosocial and its use in a variety of sectors, he is also developing initiatives to implement Prosocial within the environmental community, with a special focus on Regenerative Agriculture.
David is president of the Evolution Institute and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology of Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York. He has made foundational contributions to evolutionary theory and to the study of evolution in relation to human affairs.
He is widely credited for reviving and developing the theory of multi-level selection, which provides a framework for studying the evolution of prosociality in all species. His collaboration with Elinor Ostrom provides part of the theoretical foundation for the Prosocial project. In addition to his role as lead developer of Prosocial, David enjoys serving as facilitator for groups as diverse as schools, businesses, and environmental organizations.
Ian is currently overseeing Prosocial data collection efforts and developing his practice as a cultural design consultant. His background straddles the realms of evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary science, and he received his PhD in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior from Binghamton University in 2018. Ian’s taught a range of undergraduate evolutionary science courses and studied social behaviour in a variety of species, from song birds to feral goats to humans. As an avid gardener and licensed small greenhouse grower, when not Prosocial’ising Ian can be found outside and/or reading books on Permaculture.
Lori is an accomplished senior marketing executive whose career spans positions in Public Relations, Account Services, Consumer Insights, and Strategy for global brands. A Board Member of the Evolution Institute with a background in anthropology and evolutionary psychology, Lori co-founded Wiser Insights Group to deliver behaviorally-driven analytic models to be used for strategic decision making in all types of organizations.
Ethnography is the nucleus of her work decoding the conditional nature of our actions, and she passionately seeks to educate people about the role of evolution and adaptation in unconsciously influencing, and often driving, human behavior.
A self-proclaimed Social Justice Warrior, Lori focuses on what she calls the “chronically marginalized” in our society and believes that rethinking our social and cultural institutions can have profound implications and decrease human suffering on a global scale.
Lori is an avid reader, cyclist, and prohibition-era cocktail enthusiast. Whatever she is doing, Stan Lee, her precocious cat, is often nearby.
Paul Atkins, Ph.D. is project coordinator and lead facilitator trainer for Prosocial. He lives in Australia where he is a facilitator, trainer, executive coach and researcher. He lives in Canberra, Australia from where he runs a company called The Prosocial Institute that among other things, has developed the online facilitator training process and materials for Prosocial. Paul is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (ACU) and Visiting Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He has published in the world’s leading management and psychology journals. He has also published two books, one on mindfulness in organisations and another, co-authored with Steve Hayes and David Sloan Wilson on the Prosocial process to be released in October 2019 (https://www.amazon.com/Prosocial-Evolutionary-Productive-Equitable-Collaborative-ebook/dp/B07MT9T2HX). Paul is past President of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and has recently been made a Fellow of the international ACBS.
Paul's main interest in applying Prosocial is in the context of schools. He is currently working with a large Catholic K-12 school to implement Prosocial for the teachers and eventually, the students. He is also engaged in a large project exploring how School Principal wellbeing might be improved through methods such as Prosocial.
Steve is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. His career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and the promotion of human growth.
He originated Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular and extensively researched method of psychotherapy that is useful in a wide variety of areas, and Relational Frame Theory, the program of research into human language on which ACT is based. His popular book "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life" was featured in Time Magazine among several other major media outlets and for a time was the best selling self-help book in the United States.
His work has been recognized by several awards including the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
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