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Joe Brewer
Joe Brewer
Cultural Evolution Thought Leader | Facilitator of Earth Regenerators | Executive Director at Center for Applied Cultural Evolution
Cultural Evolution Thought Leader | Facilitator of Earth Regenerators | Executive Director at Center for Applied Cultural Evolution
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Joe runs the study group Earth Regenerators

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Joe has a unique background in physics, math, philosophy, atmospheric science, complexity research, and cognitive linguistics. Awakened to the threat of human-induced climate disruption while pursuing a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, he switched fields and began to work with scholars in the behavioural and cognitive sciences with the hope of helping create large-scale behavior change at the level of global civilization.

He was an active member of the Center for Complex Systems Research at the University of Illinois studying pattern formation in physical and social systems before joining renowned linguist, George Lakoff, at the Rockridge Institute in Berkeley to analyze political discourse and reveal the structures of meaning in human language.

In 2008, Joe launched the research consultancy Cognitive Policy Works whose mission was to apply insights from cognitive science to social change efforts. It was here that he built up a global network of collaborators in the nonprofit, governmental, and social impact business domains.

He has spoken at many global conferences on the science of social change and the human dimensions of planetary sustainability. And has given workshops on three continents about the workings of the human mind and the strategic tools for designing and enacting positive change in the world.


Center for Applied Cultural Evolution
Center for Applied Cultural Evolution
Imagine the Future of Humanity

Applying insights from cultural evolutionary studies to social problems


The Center for Applied Cultural Evolution was created to help communities guide their own social change efforts using integrated social science tools and frameworks. Our mission is to launch a series of Culture Design Labs around systemic challenges ranging from poverty and inequality to climate change and more.

Our unique model is to treat every place where practitioners seek to create positive social change as a field site for applied cultural evolution research — forging partnerships between scientists and change practitioners to analyze, monitor, and guide their efforts with the best scientific tools available. We do this by establishing Culture Design Labs for conducting action research that uses participatory approaches to include those who will be impacted by our programs and interventions.


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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

The Survivors Will Be Bioregional
Published on: 24 Jul 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Hey Glenn,
Published on: 13 Apr 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Can the Coronavirus Birth the Regeneration of Earth?
Published on: 19 Mar 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Yep, which is why it was so important to see this system fragility coming.
Published on: 18 Mar 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Living Regeneratively in A Global Pandemic
Published on: 18 Mar 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

A “Regenerative Death Clause” for Coronavirus
Published on: 16 Mar 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Hey John,
Published on: 23 Feb 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Living A Regenerative Life
Published on: 22 Feb 20 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Hey Jhon,
Published on: 14 Dec 19 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Walking the Path of Regeneration
Published on: 13 Dec 19 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Societal Collapse and Earth Regeneration
Published on: 3 Dec 19 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

What Can We Learn from the Evolution of Empires?
Published on: 30 Nov 19 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Seeds of Bioregional Regeneration
Published on: 3 Nov 19 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Family Seeking Life of Earth Regeneration
Published on: 28 Oct 19 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Recent Videos and Podcasts where Joe Brewer has been interviewed

Discussion and Q&A about Earth Regeneration and Smart Villages with Nora Bateson, author and founder of the International Bateson Institute, Joe Brewer, founder of the Earth Regenerators Study Group, and …Read more
How something as important as Earth Regeneration can be done with a sense of child-like playfulness. To see the full interview, become a member at Show notes: Upcoming …Read more
Joe Brewer on why there is only one way to regenerate Earth and how this process looks like. To see the full interview, become a member at Show notes: …Read more
Joe Brewer on what it’s like to live in economic collapse, and his new book The Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth. To get the full interview, become a member at …Read more
Joe Brewer talks to Jim about the power & elements of applied cultural evolution, carrying capacity & human impacts on the planet, industrial vs regenerative agriculture, the likelihood of large-scale …Read more
Jared Janes and Jason Snyder talk with Joe Brewer about the impact of conceptuality on perception & embodiment, the impossibility of understanding planetary collapse & what that means, getting lost in abstraction …Read more
In this episode, I speak with Joe Brewer about the on-going collapse of our planetary system, the emotional and psychological difficulties of reckoning with this reality, and how we can …Read more
In this episode of Emerge I speak with Joe Brewer. Joe is the creator of a new field he calls Culture Design. He has a unique background in physics, math, …Read more
I want to talk to all of you today about the humans that survived the current planetary predicament. How did they organize their lives? What was the key to their …Read more
Hey Glenn,There is reason to be “optimistic” but only if you can accept the reality of full planetary overshoot and systemic collapse. (Not a typical definition of optimism, more accurate …Read more
It is starting to feel like a specific kind of cascading collapse may be upon us.As the Coronavirus spreads virally, the gutted social supports left in the 40 year wake of …Read more
Yep, which is why it was so important to see this system fragility coming. My wife and I have known it would eventually happen for more than 15 years. Lots …Read more
I would like to share a little glimpse into how we are weaving regenerative practices into our lives while becoming more resilient in the midst of planetary turmoil as people …Read more
Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. We all become compost — but who among us feeds regeneration for the Earth?We are all at risk with the Coronavirus. It cannot be contained at this …Read more
Hey John,It’s a very complicated thing — to live a truly spiritual life when so many are living trapped within the semantic frames of politics. For example, am I truly privileged to …Read more
Say hello to Alejandra and Esteban.They are friends we have made in the three months living here in Barichara. Yesterday we were invited to dine with them — together with three generations of …Read more
Hey Jhon,I am happy to hear that you know this region and that what we are feeling into here in Barichara resonates so well for what you hope to do …Read more
I walk this ancient road every morning without shoes, to feel the ground directly in contact with my body.Our family arrived in the town of Barichara in Colombia’s northern Andes Mountains …Read more
I would like to share a reflection on this very thoughtful article by my friend Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed summarizing the science of collapse as it relates to the current globalized …Read more
Image Credit: Nigel Hawtin and the BBCWhen studying the cultural evolution of societies, there is an interesting pattern that arises — that doesn’t get nearly the attention that it deserves. Notice how all …Read more
Seeds are dispersed and activated in many waysThe Earth has an innate capacity to support life. The seeds of regeneration for this special planet lay dormant in its pathway of cosmological …Read more
Our daughter Elise learning how to live in harmony with natureThe Earth is in overshoot-and-collapse. There are deep systemic threats for the future of humanity. And we have a child who …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: @BanklessHQ @TrustlessState Please come to @ReFiBarichara and help us make it rain liquidity as we restore an IRL watershed with webs of trust. Check out @cognitivepolicy and the bioregional regeneration economy emerging in Barichara Colombia …Read more
Watching the children walk the bioparque with Camila (an elder who helped establish the forest) really warms my heart… …Read more
A group of children from my daughter’s school came to visit the bioparque… climbing trees, jumping and playing, while learning about the native forest. …Read more
@MarceloReFi We will have beautiful opportunities for mingas and other kinds of work exchange while you are here! …Read more
@dthorson @whatisemerging Yes please! …Read more
@WillemFerwerda Agreed! 🙌 …Read more
Telling more of the story about #ReFiBarichara as we get ready for our big event in the first week of October… Follow @ReFiBarichara to stay in the loop! …Read more
Back in 2018, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by @dthorson on @whatisemerging about the state of planetary collapse…… …Read more
On the deep importance of knowing how life expresses itself…… …Read more
For those of you following what we are doing in Barichara, this recording from last week shows how we are developing an integrated landscape approach to regenerate a territory of 500,000 hectares. …Read more
Holding awareness for how to weave learnings across bioregions… as we deepen our work in Barichara, Colombia in service to Earth Regenerators everywhere. …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Something big we are quietly weaving into being–the frameworks that enable regeneration to arise at the scale of entire bioregions. Right now, we are organizing a weave of many threads. Holding space for the birth of a holistic landscape investment framework. (More soon…) …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Great, we need to invest billions into regenerating our planet in all countries. Love the progress @EcoResCamps has made in the last several years. 1 billion invested in these camps will help our world so much. Provide our youth with rewards skills.… …Read more
Watching the little buds grow on a cactus reminds me that life waits hidden to emerge at just the right moment… …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Love this. #ReFi Twitter people are giving me so much hope for a brighter future.… …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Main Theme #1 at #ReFiBarichara: Grounding. Ready to get your hands in the earth (or full of goat poop)? …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: One of the field sites we will be visiting for this grounding at #ReFiBarichara: the Bioparque Móncora. Check out this awesome bird’s view of the work we are doing there… …Read more
@tmoindustries @Givethio @AngelProtocol Yes, I am on Giveth here:… …Read more
@nik_limi I think Gaia wants to be human… and express her love for life through us. …Read more
As we prepare to raise $500,000 for holistic landscape regeneration in Barichara, there is an opportunity for $7000 to help complete construction of a community theater for the children. Anyone want to donate this portion? 😌🙏💚 …Read more
It’s getting real as the Bioregional Catalysts step up to support the formation of “core teams” that hold the regeneration of entire landscapes. h/t to @WillemFerwerda for inspiring us to do this.… …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Some really valuable work happening here…… …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Here’s a beautiful example of what can be accomplished with vision, commitment, and community!… …Read more
Just to let you all know, we are about to start raising funds for this in Barichara… ping me if you want to help us make it happen. …Read more
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