TRIG Director Bob Doppelt Honored as one of the World's "50 Most Talented Social Innovators"
TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the “50 Most Talented Social Innovators” at World CSR Day held on February 18 in Mumbia, India. Bob’s acceptance speech included, “For over thirty years I have been working to promote economic, social, and environmental equity and sustainability. For the past 10 years I have devoted much of my time to climate change. This is the greatest threat to the health and wellbeing of humanity today. Individuals, families, and organizations of all types need resilience building tools and skills to help them cope with the adversities created by climate change in ways that actually increase their wellbeing.” Read more on the blog.
Free Transformational Resilience Webinars
The Transformational Resilience (TR) Program engages trauma and resilience building professionals as well as mindfulness teachers from across the U.S. and globe in a long-term effort to help individuals, organizations, and community leaders learn neuroscience-based mental health and mindfulness skills and adopt positive and principled behaviors that help them cope with and reduce climate disruption while enhancing their personal and collective wellbeing. Join us for two free one-hour introductory webinars on March 18th and 19th and learn about the Leadership for Resilience Program and Building Resilient Organizations and Communities Program. You can also access previous introductory webinars here. On April 30, we will have a free TR Refresher and Consultation for participants in past TR workshops. We are also offering two six-week webinar series on these same topics starting April 14 and April 15 and we are happy to discuss options for customized workshops or webinars for your organization; you can contact us at 541-744-7072 or tr [at] trig-cli.org
Surveys given to participants in five Transformational Resilience (TR) Program workshops in 2014 show an extremely positive response from participants especially in terms of how much they learned and the usefulness of this information from the workshop. TRIG’s Research Director, Dr. Jean Stockard, analyzed surveys taken by attendees at the beginning and end of the five TR Leaders Self-Care Workshops (now called Building Your Personal ResilienceTM); note that a total of 108 people filled out the pre-workshop survey and 87 the post-workshop survey with 80 completing both. Read more on the blog here.
American Psychological Association & ACEs Too High Cover ITRC
TRIG was instrumental in launching the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) in early 2014 and currently coordinates the Coalition including more than 160 mental health, mindfulness and resilience building professionals. ITRC Coordinator and TRIG Executive Director, Bob Doppelt are the focus of a January 2015 article in the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology entitled: "Adapting to a warmer world: Psychologists can help people and communities prepare for the psychosocial effects of climate change." In July 2014, ACEs Too High News published "What's missing in climate change discussion? The certainty of trauma...and building resilience." ACEs Too High is a news site reporting on research about ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, and sees the work of the ITRC in raising broader awareness about the mental health effects of global warming and building resilience as having potential to reduce ACEs.
Bob Doppelt's New Book on Transformational Resilience Coming in Late 2015
Bob Doppelt's newest book, Transformational Resilience: How Individuals and Groups Can Use Climate Adversity To Learn, Grow, and Flourish will be released in late 2015 by Greenleaf Publishing in the UK.
The book will describe the adverse psychosocial impacts to be expected from climate disruption in the U.S. and globally unless widespread preventative efforts are quickly launched. It will also outline how individuals and groups of all types can use the Resilient Growth TM model to avoid maladaptive responses and instead use climate adversities to learn, grow, and thrive.
TRIG E.D. Bob Doppelt Awarded Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship
Executive Director Bob Doppelt has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residential Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide time for Bob to complete his new book Transformational Resilience: How Climate Change Will Change Human Affairs and How We Can Cope With and Use It As a Catalyst for Positive Growth. We thank The Rockefeller Foundation for this unique opportunity.
TRIG was instrumental in launching the Federal Forest Carbon Coalition (FFCC) and currently coordinates the Coalition. On June 26, 2014, the FFCC released recommendations to the Obama Administration intended to modernize federal forest management to address the climate crisis. The recommendations, Modernizing Federal Forest Management To Mitigate and Prepare For Climate Disruption, emphasize conserving carbon already stored in forests while also increasing carbon sequestration, building resilience to climate change-related disturbances, and generating social, economic, and ecological co-benefits consistent with the other goals. Access the press release, recommendations, and a summary of the recommendations here: http://www.forestcc.org/recs
In the Summer 2014 edition of Buddhadharma magazine, TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt discusses the involvement of the Buddhist community in the issue of climate change.
Climate change, however, is unquestionably a dharma issue. The roots of the problem are ignorance and delusion: ignorance about how it is that life exists on our planet, and the delusion that we can continue unbridled fossil fuel and material consumption without grave consequences. Since we strive as Buddhists to cut through ignorance and follow a path that can relieve suffering, the path by which climate change can be skillfully confronted is, by definition, an expression of dharma practice. Read the full article
More than 40 people from Eugene and beyond came together for two days of learning about self-care and mindfulness in the context of increasing climate change. The diversity of attendees added to the richness of the workshop with attendees were from a range of social service, health care, government, advocacy, and business organizations. This workshop is the first pilot in a series of workshops as part of the Transformational Resilience program. More on this workshop and upcoming Transformational Resilience Workshops.
After a year of planning, in December of 2013 the TRIG Board of Directors decided to refocus TRIG’s work on two core areas: 1) Proactively building the capacity of individuals and groups to cope with and use climate change-related adversities as catalysis for growth and renewal; and 2) Promoting unified climate solutions. Find out more.
TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt talks about the shift From Me to We in Organic Gardening Magazine. Read the article.
Do You Want to Increase Your Personal Wellbeing While Serving As An Agent of Change At Work Or In Your Community?
Join TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt for a workshop on Mindfulness in Action: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Awareness, January 17-19 at Esalen in California. For anyone who strives to increase your personal well-being while acting as an agent of change, this workshop provides new insights, tools, and sense of competency through guided meditations, experiential exercises, and discussions. Learn more.
TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt is working with Buddhist dharma teachers on climate change. The Oct 2, 2013 article in the Huffington Post "Green" section describes how the teachers have responded by engaging in Earth Care Week.
A new report produced for the National Partnership for Climate Solutions says that when, in the name of protecting jobs, members of Congress and other elected officials oppose policies that cut greenhouse gas emissions or fail to directly engage in Americans in emissions reductions, they destroy as many jobs as they save. Download the full report.
The National Climate Ethics Campaign (a project coordinated by TRIG) has released an assessment of the moral movement on climate disruption. The results are based on an analysis of data collected through an online survey of groups motivated by the ethical implications of climate disruption that are making a moral call to action. (Read more)
Jo Rodgers and Ted Purdy had long thought about installing a solar system on their carport roof, but the price just wasn’t right until last year. After a site assessment from a local installer, they were disappointed to learn that even with the recent fall in prices for solar power equipment, their roof catches too much afternoon shade for the installation to make sense. (Read more)
The Resource Innovation Group released, “Willamette Valley Food Systems: Opportunities for Increasing Climate Change Mitigation and Preparedness, Food Security, and Economic Development.” The report examines local food initiatives and policies in ten Willamette Valley counties and identifies major gaps and opportunities for increased collaboration between counties for climate change mitigation and preparation. Download the report. Download the accompanying materials.
We recently expanded and improved upon our innovative Community Solar Tool, which supports communities in planning and implementing community-shared solar projects. Try out the Community Solar Tool here. View a recording of an online training walking through the tool here.
TRIG's new handbook Climate Futures Forums: A Model for Engaging Communities in Building Climate Resilience and Reducing Emissions, guides practitioners through the Climate Futures Forum process to build social resilience and enable communities to prepare for and withstand climate impacts to natural, built, economic, human and cultural systems. Download the handbook.