There is a deepening sense that our environmental crisis is also a spiritual crisis and that our alienation from ourselves and from the living world is contributing significantly to the destruction we are visiting upon the world.

Simultaneously, into this moment of crisis, an explosion of new terminology and framings are being proffered, as various scientific, social, and governance communities come to appreciate the deeply interconnected nature of the challenges we face.

In response to this, the Garrison Institute will focus on Transformational and Contemplative Ecology and reassess from a transdisciplinary perspective the ecological basis of civilization. Our efforts will be comprised of conceptual and systems mappings, convenings and retreats, community-of-practice and network development, and storytelling.

We will bring together leaders in the field of climate, ecology, community-led and sustainable development, public health, governance, and ecumenical spiritual and contemplative leadership to explore (and invent) new frameworks for understanding and new modalities of engagement and action.

Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) is our Transformational and Contemplative Ecology signature program. Our CMB program convenes leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of climate change and environmental advocacy, neuro-, behavioral and evolutionary economics, psychology, social networking, policy-making, and investing and social media to work together on ways to shift behavior on a large enough scale to realize substantial emissions reductions.

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