Together we will explore the question “How can we collaborate in service to the regeneration of the Earth?”
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Over 6 weeks, we will explore the planetary predicament humanity is in with an empowering focus on how to guide the intentional cultural evolution of trust and cooperation at different scales. This includes real-world examples of landscape restoration where diverse people come together around the shared purpose of restoring rivers and bringing forests back to degraded landscapes.
Each week we will meet for 1 hour seminars as a whole group to introduce key content; then you will have the option of attending one or more 90 minute smaller group conversations, which are more like workshops. We call these “community calls.”
The course will unfold organically in response to the needs and interests of students, but always holding in mind our core question. We will introduce the basics in the first weeks, then respond to the themes that emerge from the community conversations. There will be opportunities for sub-groups to form around particular sectors or questions, and pursue their own interests.
There will also be an opportunity for you to complete a hands-on project to enhance a group or network that you are passionate about. At the end of the course, you will have a broad understanding of an emerging approach for working with complexity in human systems, and you will have joined a global community of people using ProSocial to make a difference. If you want to learn what ProSocial is and how it can aid you in your work to regenerate the Earth, this is your next step.
Because we practice both systemic and emergent approaches through ProSocial, this is a responsive course that we will build with you. Each journey is unique to the people coming together for it, however, wherever our journeying takes us, at the end of the 6 weeks you will:
The total time commitment to get the most out of the course is 3.5-4.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.
This consists of a one hour ‘content’ call outlining key ideas and engaging in Q&A, a 1.5 hour ‘community call’ to collectively reflect upon and discuss the materials, and approximately 1-2 hours per week in reading, personal reflection or preparatory materials. (You are welcome to attend more than one community call if you wish.)
Although we will be starting with the broad outline of the ProSocial model, the direction of the 6 weeks will unfold in direct response to the needs and interests of the group. Our focal question that will guide us throughout the journey is "How can we collaborate in service to the regeneration of the Earth?"
And while we are confident that the ProSocial model will help us to respond to that question, the primary point of the experience is:
"Prosocial provides practical and well-developed tools to bring out pro-social values and behaviours in teams. I highly recommend it to organisations wanting to put their values into practice every day."
Co-Founder and Director, Common Cause Australia
"Take this course if you want to befriend your fears, doubts, and vulnerabilities. Trust me, Prosocial is the great adaptation our society has been waiting for."
"The most valuable thing about this course is to know that I am not alone, there are others out there, at the edge, moving in the same direction."
COO/Co-founder, Nearsoft, Lnc.
Joe Brewer is a transdisciplinary scholar and polymath with a unique background in physics, math, philosophy, atmospheric science, complexity research, and cognitive linguistics. Awakened to the reality of human-induced planetary collapse while pursuing a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, he switched fields and began to work with scholars in the behavioral and cognitive sciences with the hope of helping create large-scale behavior change at the global level. He has spoken at many global conferences on the science of social change and the human dimensions of planetary sustainability and has given workshops on four continents about the workings of the human mind and the strategic tools for designing and enacting positive change in the world.
In his book, The Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth, Joe outlines the seriousness of the predicament we are in while also demonstrating that it really is possible to regenerate the Earth at the scales needed. The pathway he describes in his book is for us to organize ourselves around holistic, integrated landscapes known as bioregions, and connect those bioregions into a planetary network of learning exchanges.
Joe is currently doing on-the-ground regeneration work in a 500,000-hectare (~1.5 million-acre) bioregion in the Northern Andes of Colombia and is a co-founder of the Design School for Regenerating Earth, whose mission is to live out this vision at the planetary scale. He is also the founder of Earth Regenerators.
Anna Purpera is a trained ProSocial facilitator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a background in human services, organizational behavior management, and community engagement. She currently works as the Engagement Catalyst for the ProSocial Commons in ProSocial World and acts as an advisor within the Design School for Regenerating the Earth. She is also a Clinical Director overseeing services provided to children with autism and adjunct professor at Daemen University's Department of Behavioral Sciences. Living within the Great Lakes bioregions, Anna is engaged in community activities that support local watershed conservation, migratory birds, transitions to renewable energy, and community gardens network. She sees opportunities for using ProSocial, bioregionalism, and systems thinking to weave efforts into larger regenerative and collective action for change.
Paul Atkins is co-founder of ProSocial World, a not for profit organization focused on enhancing cooperation and trust in purpose-driven groups globally. He has applied ProSocial in contexts as diverse as private sector organisations, political parties, schools and, most recently, to assist the United Nations Environment Program co-develop an approach to improving human, animal and planetary health globally in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health.
Paul is continuing to develop ProSocial as a method in collaboration with Robert Styles and others. Most recently he has been fleshing out the behavioural science of ProSocial, and exploring how ProSocial ideas combine with other approaches to helping groups collaborate like Convergent Facilitation and Innovation Roadmapping.
Paul is an author, researcher, coach, and facilitator trainer. He is also a Visiting Associate Professor with the Crawford School of Public Policy (Australian National University). His research has focused on interventions to reduce stress while enhancing relationships, wellbeing, perspective-taking, and cooperation in groups and organizations..
Dr. Viveka Ramel is a founder of Sevitar and co-founder of the San Francisco Center for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, two psychotherapy and psychological consulting and education practices. As a clinical psychologist licensed in California, USA, Viveka specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) as well as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. She is also an instructor at the Department of Psychology at Lund University, Sweden, where she teaches a novel course on climate psychology integrating contextual behavioral science (including Prosocial and ACT processes) as well as a course on experiential relational skills for psychologists in training. Viveka has taught mindfulness based emotional intelligence and resilience programs to organizations (e.g., via the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a program founded at Google), is trained as a Prosocial facilitator, and is active in the ACBS Climate Justice and Action SIG. Trained as a scientist, Viveka conducted applied cognitive and affective neuroscience research at Stanford University prior to opening her clinical and educational practices. Regardless of the facet of work, Viveka is committed to deep inquiry, experiential connection, and functional contextual awareness to cultivate authentic presence, psychological flexibility, and relational attunement.