Facilitating Breakthrough Strategies to Address the Global Climate Crisis (Online Session)
Climate change is a near-to-midterm existential threat to human civilizations if global warming and species extinction continue to accelerate. We are stuck in old conversations and problem-solving processes that no longer work for the present unprecedented challenges of how we shall live peacefully and sustainability on the altered planet of the present and unknown future. This course invites heads of civil society organizations, policy-makers, national security experts, and emerging community leaders, to learn how to facilitate a breakthrough group process for resilience and adaptation, based on the principles of Complex Adaptive Systems theory and practice.
The concept of “the adjacent possible” (TAP), waiting in the shadows to be discovered, opens the door to a problem-solving methodology for addressing issues such as the fight for control of shipping lanes in the melting Arctic, and the consequences for international stability from mass migration due to drought, fire and flooding. We also look at the climate crisis as a “threat multiplier”, driving up the possibility of nuclear war resulting from a new global arms race tied to climatic events.
Combining mini-lectures and participatory exercises, participants learn to lead conversations that result in emergent systemic strategies for dealing with climate change.
Understand basic principles underlying Complex Adaptive Systems theory and practice
Learn how to facilitate the TAP group process
Expand their knowledge of the major risks of climate catastrophe
Recognize the difference between systemic interventions and band-aid solutions
Internalize hope for the possibility of a flourishing future for all species living on Earth
- Heads of civil society organizations, policy-makers, national security experts, and emerging community leaders.
Merle Lefkoff, PhD is a teacher, writer, consultant, and mediator for governments, civil society organizations, universities, and private industry around the world. Her organization, the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, is a pioneer in testing and applying new processes for reaching sustainable agreements in those conflicts surrounding looming ecological catastrophe.