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Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience for Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing

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. 

From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue The Planet, Your Organization and Your Life

In From Me to We personal and social systems change expert Bob Doppelt reveals that most people today live a dream world, controlled by false perceptions and beliefs. The most deeply held illusion is that all organisms on Earth, including each of us, exist as independent entities. At the most fundamental level, the change needed to overcome our misperceptions is a shift from focusing only 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 are part of that make life possible and worthwhile. Research shows that by using the techniques described in this book this shift is possible and not that difficult to achieve.

From Me to We offers five ‘commitments’ that can help you change your perspective and engage in activities that resolve today’s environmental and social problems. Not coincidentally, making the commitments can improve the quality of your life as well.

From Me to We can be purchased directly from the publisher at greenleaf-publishing.com, from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and through all major booksellers.

Listen to Presentations by Bob about the needed shift From Me to We:

Watch Bob talk about the need to build social resilience at the Garrison Institute in 2013.

Listen to Bob Doppelt's talk with the Berkeley Insight Meditation Community's Sangha on February 7, 2013, about the Buddhist Dharma principles involved with the shift "From Me to We".

The Systems Thinking features an article on The Shift From Me to We

Bob Doppelt talks with The Green Front about climate ethics and the emergency climate summit initiative. (Dec 12, 2012)

Watch Bob Doppelt present "From Me to We: How to Rescue the Planet" at the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability.

Listen to three talks about the five commitments described in Bob Doppelt's book From Me to We by James Baraz, leader of the Awakening Joy program in Berkeley, CA. (Seeing the System You Are Part OfKarma and Sila as Gaia Practices, and Stewardship and Intention as Gaia Practices)

Hear Bob Doppelt talk with Tropical Current's Joseph Cooper on WLRN: Public Media for South Florida about the importance of "laws of interdependence, cause and effect, moral justice, trusteeship, and free will." 

Listen to an interview with Bob Doppelt on WNCW's Morning Edition. Pam Bunch talks with Bob about From Me to We, "...the kind of 'self-help' book that not only helps each individual who reads it with an open mind, but it can also potentially help the world... just in time." (July 25, 2012)

Hear Bob Doppelt talk about From Me to We on Jefferson Public Radio. "We've all heard the expression 'there's no 'I' in team'. Bob Doppelt takes the expression seriously in his work at the Resource Innovation Group.  His overall goal: get people to think beyond their own interests, to make life better for all of us." (June 29, 2012)

Read a blog post from Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado on Bob Doppelt’s Speaker Series presentation. "The beauty of Bob’s approach is that once you understand the role you play in the world, you will likely make different decisions." (June 15, 2012)

Hear Bob Doppelt talk with KLCC Living Large host Eric Alan (April 30, 2012)

Listen to an interview with Bob Doppelt on the EcoCentric radio talk show (March 20, 2012).

Watch Bob Doppelt's presentation on how to make the shift From Me to We at the Garrison Institute 


Bob Doppelt’s Recent Presentations & Workshops

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

The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How to Create a Positive Future for the Climate, The Planet, Your Organization and Your Life

The future will be powered by sustainable thinking in business, organizations, government and everyday life.

This revolutionary book tackles climate change, sustainability and life success by starting with your mind.

It provides proven "staged-based" methods for transforming thinking and behavior, beginning with the reader’s own cognitive patterns, then moving to how individuals can motivate other people to change, and finally to how teams and organizations can be motivated to change.

Leading Change toward Sustainability: A Change Management Guide for Business, Government and Civil Society

A growing stream of research shows that the adoption of environmental and socially sustainable technologies and practices are, at a minimum, cost neutral and often save private companies and public agencies substantial sums of money while increasing market share, reducing risk, increasing employee productivity and stakeholder commitment. It is no surprise then that an increasing number of organizations have embraced the idea of sustainability in the last decade. However, despite lengthy discussions about what to do and which new technologies and policy instruments to implement, many of their initiatives have failed, leading to wasted resources, frustration, and cynicism.

Based on Bob Doppelt’s three years of research on both private and public organizations in the U.S. and Europe, LEADING CHANGE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY:A Change-Management Guide for Business, Government, and Civil Society (Greenleaf Publishing, October 2003) is an easily readable book on how to transform organizations to successfully embrace sustainable development programs. Crammed with recommendations, case examples, interviews, and checklists, Doppelt demystifies the sustainability-change process by providing a theoretical framework and a methodology that senior executives, agency directors, low and mid-level staff, and community leaders will be able to use to craft and implement a practical, achievable, and inspiring plan to set their organizations on a path toward sustainability.

According to Doppelt, implementing sustainable business practices is about much more than the technical, financial, or political—it’s about the human factors. Doppelt found that the key missing ingredient in the adoption of sustainability measures is organizational and cultural change. Sustainability measures require a paradigm shift from the traditional linear “take-make-waste” economic model to a circular “borrow-use-return” system. The shift in production model requires a transition from a mechanical, patriarchal management style to an integrated, whole systems approach to management. These fundamental changes in operations and organizational design often require substantial changes in culture. Doppelt found that in most organizations achieving culture change toward sustainability requires interventions in two key areas— governance systems must be altered and exemplary leadership must be provided.

Doppelt identifies seven key interventions to overcome the seven most common “blunders” companies like Norrm Thompson Outfitters , Interface, Starbucks, IKEA, Niel Kelly Company and others have used to launch and sustain their ongoing and successful (but incomplete) sustainability-change initiatives:
• “Change the dominant controlling mind-set” of the organization that devalues the environment, workers, and communities through the imperative of sustainability
• “Rearrange the parts” of the organization to change how it operates by organizing diverse new teams
• “Alter a company’s goals” so they include the environment, employees, & community
• “Restructure the rules of engagement” by developing new source-based strategies
• “Shift the information flows” so that sustainability-based information is available to people at all levels regarding sustainability
• “Correct the feedback mechanisms” of the organization so that workers can continually learn the effects of their choices and how to improve
• Finally, after the previous interventions have been completed, “adjust the parameters” of the organization to align employee performance criteria, incentive and reward systems, and policies and procedures with the goal of achieving sustainability

“Few of today’s laws or policies address the interactions among the elements and processes of ecosystems or the interrelationships between ecology, commerce, communities and culture,” writes Doppelt. LEADING CHANGE TO SUSTAINABILITY is an important tool in understanding what is sure to become a more urgent problem in the 21st century.