Bob Doppelt


Bob Doppelt is Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), a non-partisan social science-based sustainability and global climate change education, research and technical assistance organization affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Communities at Willamette University, where he is also a Senior Fellow. In addition, Bob is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon where he teaches systems thinking and global warming policy. He has also taught at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute on sustainable management.

Bob's expertise is in individual, organizational, and social systems dynamics and change. His advance training is in counseling psychology and environmental land management. For the past 25 years he has also practiced socially engaged Buddhism. Throughout his career he has strived to integrate these three fields of inquiry. Bob believes that environmental problems such as climate change as well as many of today's pressing social and economic problems result from outdated and flawed assumptions and beliefs about the way the world works and what it means to live a decent and honorable life. In fact, climate disruption is not, at its core, an environmental, energy, or technological problem. Bob considers it the greatest crises of thought and imagination in human history. Only after vast numbers of people alter the way they perceive and respond to the world around them will solutions to today's major challenges be found.

Major Publications

Through the integration of advanced psychology, ecosystem science, and Buddhist precepts, From Me to We describes the five commitments required to resolve climate disruption, economic collapse, personal distress, and much more. The commitments can help us all shift from a sole focus on ‘me’ – our personal and organizational wants and desires – to meeting our needs by always prioritizing the broader ‘we’ – the many ecological and social systems each of us and each institution are part of that make life possible and worthwhile.

Practical methods for transforming climate-damaging unsustainable practices into sustainable thinking and behaviors.

Leading Change toward Sustainability describes the process organizations must engage in to shift their focus to environmentally and socially sustainable practices and policies
Tuesday, June 11 workshop for 60 Teachers of Buddhism and Mindfulness at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA Sunday, May 19, presentation and workshop at First Congregation United Church of Christ, Salem, OR Wednesday, May 8, presentation a the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

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