Bob Doppelt

Biography

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problems such as climate change as well as many of today's pressing social and economic problems result from outdated and flawed assumptions and beliefs about the way the world works and what it means to live a decent and honorable life.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

Non-fiction
This book calls on all climate change programs to rapidly expand beyond emission reductions and physical adaption, to focus on assisting individuals and groups to learn skills to use the adversities caused by climate change to learn, grow and flourish. It calls on mental health, education, and faith leaders to expand beyond post crisis-treatment to emphasize building preventative personal and psychosocial resilience skills. Failure to proactively help people deal constructively with the harmful mental health and psychosocial impacts of climate disruption will seriously impair the safety and health of individuals as well as the security and social wellbeing of organizations, communities and whole societies for generations to come. It will also delay or completely block efforts to reduce the impacts of climate disruption to manageable levels. On the other hand, research shows that building personal and psychosocial resilience can increase wellbeing--even as climate disruption grows worse.

The book begins by describing how natural human psychobiological reactions to the traumas and toxic stresses generated by climate disruption damage the psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing of individuals, organizations, communities and whole societies. Using numerous examples, including his own organization's Transformational Resilience program, the author describes methods and skills that may be used to build capacity within all levels of societies to avoid self- and socially harmful reactions and use the traumas of climate change as catalysts to find new meaning, direction, and hope in life. This book applies an important new perspective to the question of how to successfully respond to climate change.
Nonfiction
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
I offer on-line seminars and in-person workshops of 1-5 days length. I also regularly facilitates workshops for non-profit, public, and private organizations. If you are interested in a workshop contact me at tr@trig-cli.org
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