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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.

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

Applying insights from cultural evolutionary studies to social problems

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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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Recent Content

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

Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The Fourth Day
Published on: 14 Jul 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The Third Day
Published on: 13 Jul 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The Second Day
Published on: 12 Jul 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The First Day
Published on: 11 Jul 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

What Will It Take to Regenerate the Ogallala Aquifer?
Published on: 4 Jul 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Investing the First $150,000 in the Northern Andes Regeneration Fund
Published on: 29 Jun 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

How We Are Allocating $150,000 to Regenerate Barichara
Published on: 16 Jun 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

The Billion Dollar Proposal for Applied Cultural Evolution
Published on: 4 Jun 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Cultural Scaffolding for Post-Collapse
Published on: 4 Jun 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Why I No Longer Attempt to Build A Rigorous Science of Social Change
Published on: 4 Jun 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Collapse of Sense-Making in the Regenerative Movement
Published on: 17 May 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Important Lessons on Earth’s Tipping Points
Published on: 15 May 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Bioregional Weaving in Cali, Colombia
Published on: 3 May 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Where We Are Going with Learning Journey to Regenerate Bioregions
Published on: 24 Apr 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreaming of a Northeast Forest Bioregion?
Published on: 20 Apr 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Designing a Regeneration Fund for the Northern Andes
Published on: 21 Mar 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Learning Journey to Birth Bioregional Regeneration
Published on: 21 Mar 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Un Viaje de Aprendizaje para Regenerar las Biorregiones
Published on: 15 Mar 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Movement of Territorial Foundations in Colombia
Published on: 29 Feb 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

A Learning Journey to Regenerate Bioregions
Published on: 20 Feb 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Weaving Indigenous Knowledge with Dan Longboat
Published on: 2 Feb 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Children Helping Regrow A Forest in Barichara
Published on: 11 Jan 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreaming with the Dead Rivers
Published on: 7 Jan 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreams for a Regenerative School Becoming Real
Published on: 5 Jan 24 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Birthing of Bioregional Learning Centers :: A Learning Journey
Published on: 2 Dec 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Regenerating Cascadia in Lost Valley
Published on: 7 Oct 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Regenerating the Willamette Valley of Oregon?
Published on: 28 Sep 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Restoring Streams with Syntropic Agroforestry
Published on: 16 Jul 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Join the Design School for Regenerating Earth
Published on: 16 Jun 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

What Will It Take to Regenerate Continents?
Published on: 9 Jun 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Sacred Healing in the Colorado River
Published on: 1 Jun 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

The Greatest Weavers Are Rivers
Published on: 29 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

A Great Weaving of Landscapes
Published on: 27 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Regenerating Watersheds in Colorado
Published on: 25 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Dreaming of Regeneration at Continental Scales
Published on: 23 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Where the Colorado River is Born
Published on: 22 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Community Events in Headwaters of the Colorado River
Published on: 21 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Join the Design School for $5 a Month!
Published on: 19 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Restoring Trust Among Regenerative Leaders
Published on: 16 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Bioregional Activations in the Colorado Basin
Published on: 12 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Feeling the Patterns of a Continent
Published on: 3 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Regenerating the Colorado River
Published on: 1 May 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Living into the Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth
Published on: 23 Apr 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Weaving the Bioregions of Earth
Published on: 27 Mar 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

How Earth Systems Brings Consilience
Published on: 9 Mar 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

How to Regenerate the Earth
Published on: 16 Feb 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

What is a Bioregional Learning Center?
Published on: 28 Jan 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

A Design School that Regenerates Landscapes
Published on: 26 Jan 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

A Design School that Regenerates Landscapes
Published on: 26 Jan 23 in Joe Brewer – Medium by Joe Brewer

Bioregional Process and Workflows
Published on: 22 Jan 23 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 http://futurethinkers.org/members Show notes: http://futurethinkers.org/126 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 http://futurethinkers.org/members 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
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
Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The Fourth DayOn our fourth day we visited the playas that naturally #RegenerateTheOgallala…These shallow depressions create temporary wetlands when it rains. There are at least 60,000 of …Read more
Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The Third DayOn our third day, I began to dream of a $100 million dollar fund to #RegenerateTheOgallala…In the morning we drove across 8000 acres of sand …Read more
Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The Second DayWe continue exploring what it would take to #RegenerateTheOgallala…On our second day, we went out into the landscape to feel the southern edge of this …Read more
Dreaming of the Ogallala :: The First DayOur dreaming about how to #RegenerateTheOgallala begins…We arrived in Amaraillo, Texas and were received by our friend Will Masters who has been doing dryland restoration …Read more
See that patchwork of blue that spans the Great Plains? It is the Ogallala Aquifer — one of the largest and most important groundwater systems on Earth.Next week, Penny Heiple, Will Masters and …Read more
Earlier this year, I shared that we are designing a regeneration fund for the Northern Andes. It is an ambitious effort growing out of the movement of territorial foundations in …Read more
We have just received a generous grant from the NoVo Foundation to support our work at Regenerate Barichara — where we are prototyping the regeneration of an entire territory in the Northern …Read more
This is an essay written on June 8, 2018 when I was the director for the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution I am reposting it as part of the original …Read more
This is an essay written on June 4, 2018 when I was the director for the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution I am reposting it as part of the original …Read more
This is an essay written on June 1, 2018 when I was the director for the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution I am reposting it as part of the original …Read more
One year ago, almost to the day, I wrote the essay Restoring Trust Among Regenerative Leaders. It was seen by some as a public apology, yet in truth the purpose …Read more
Our friends at r3.0 are hosting a conference on “Collapse Resilience” this year. As part of the build-up to their event, they are holding dialogues about important topics that prepare …Read more
I want to share something special that is happening in Colombia right now. Penny Heiple and I have been in Cali this week to help cultivate deeper partnerships across the …Read more
Now that we have completed the first three webinars of our learning journey to regenerate bioregions, we would like to share more information about where we go from here.From the beginning, …Read more
Something magical happened in the last week as Penny Heiple and I traveled through Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. We found ourselves inside the dream of bioregional regeneration for …Read more
Last Thursday we had a very special work day in Bogota with members of Territoria, Paisano, Azai Consultores, and our new foundation Barichara Regenerativa to design a regeneration fund for …Read more
https://medium.com/media/7522ada4b5b7ed36aa27f3287555d581/hrefThis is the video recording of our first webinar for the learning journey to regenerate bioregions that began earlier this week as part of the Design School for Regenerating Earth.People …Read more
En la Escuela para Regenerar la Tierra, estamos a punto de embarcarnos en un viaje de aprendizaje para crear una red planetaria de centros de aprendizaje biorregionales.Hemos desarrollado un marco …Read more
Last week, Penny Heiple and I went to Putumayo for a special gathering of territorial foundations from different parts of Colombia. We were among local organizing teams from Barichara, Bogota, …Read more
At the Design School for Regenerating Earth, we are about to embark on a learning journey to birth a planetary network of bioregional learning centers.We have developed a framework for the …Read more
https://medium.com/media/fcbb0ba19b322ecabd62fa286edeae7a/hrefThis is a very special conversation that I had with Dr. Dan Longboat of the Turtle Clan in the Mohawk Nation. Together we explored “finding the third way” that brings …Read more
The children are helping regrow the forest next to the Barichara River…With special thanks to Oswaldo Escobar for guiding the kids through a process of making “seed bombs” filled with …Read more
It is the dead rivers that stir something deep within me…This one is the Paramera and it drains into the Barichara River. When I walk to these places, I am pondering …Read more
Yesterday we gathered with teachers, parents, and regenerative practitioners in the community who work with children. It is becoming more clear that we can begin a Waldorf model focused on …Read more
Growing trees with my loving hands… …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Buzzard! @ProsocialWorld @tvolmag @CulturalEvolSoc @cognitivepolicy @haidt …Read more
We are pulling invasive grass, opening space for native species, and layering mulch to help the little plants grow. …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Gaia needs her humans – muscles, brain & heart! I love that @cognitivepolicy & friends offer their hearts, brains & muscles to the land. Land regeneration without relationship misses the point and creates more of the same! …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: As an ‘EdgeWalker’ participant – this has been an extraordinarily rich opportunity to meet & engage with people weaving their local communities towards a culture of regeneration. #RegenerateCascadia #Bioregion @CascadiaDept @SalmonNation @hylo @clarebear8080 @edwardwest …Read more
These are the first seeds I have collected from an important native tree in the bioparque. I was able to gather five of them and replant them in the food forest. …Read more
Yesterday we visited the land of the Barichara Ecoversity to offer our blessings… this is part of the river that dried up in the 1970’s that we hope to restore in the years ahead. …Read more
The Cascadia bioregion has been organizing itself around salmon runs in the beautiful work of @SalmonNation. Our preparations for a “bioregional activation tour” this fall will arrive into this beautiful process they have developed. thetyee.ca/News/2023/01/24/H… …Read more
A little cactus garden I established this week from plants gathered along the path I walk between my home and the bioparque. …Read more
My first scorpion in the food forest… welcome!!! …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Persuasive reasons to suspect global debt far > official level around $300T, most saliently, the largely opaque shadow banking system. When assets roughly double in a few years, bubble symmetry suggests valuations will decline to bubble starting point in roughly same time span. …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Let’s talk about what it means to have a relationship with the land. Let’s talk about what it means to be part of a bioregion Let’s talk about what it means to build relationships of trust . . . None of these questions are considered important by the global economy …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Imagine sometime in the future that people come together to restore the earth in regional watersheds. Boundaries created by nature instead of arbitrary nation states. #EarthRegenerators #DoomerOptimism …Read more
This is a REALLY BIG deal. Quoted feed from @WillemFerwerda Grateful to @PostcodeLoterij who supports our new landscape leadership academy with €12 million. Together with our partner @presencing_inst our goal is to train change-maker teams in 100 landscapes the coming 10 years, restoring 10m ha commonland.com/commonland-an… #theoryu #4returns …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Burning and more actual than ever question by Joe Brewer @cognitivepolicy @SeattleInnovate #complexity dictates new paradigms for knowledge collection #educationdisruption #innovation #opensource #dissemination #cocreation medium.com/@joe_brewer/why-a… …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: “The most coherent way to organize humanity is in the bioregional approach of holistic landscapes and cultural identities. One powerful way to do this is embodied in the concept of a bioregional learning center…” — ⁦@cognitivepolicy⁩ medium.com/@joe_brewer/what-… …Read more
For those who might be curious about bioregional learning centers… medium.com/@joe_brewer/what-… …Read more
Humanity needs to regenerate more than 1000 landscapes around the world to alter the trajectory of planetary collapse. This wonderful effort seeks to engage 100 of these landscapes. commonland.com/commonland-an… …Read more
Your friendly reminder that the global economy is a giant speculative bubble, and thus will collapse like all bubbles do. The REAL economy is Earth’s biosphere — for those investors who are interested in something worth putting money into. oftwominds.com/blogmar23/glo… …Read more
By the way, I am speaking at this awesome conference with the Ecoversity Alliance. …Read more
For everyone who is passionate about re-imagining education… I have been a panelist and speaker at this conference for three years and will be there again. So many wonderful people in this together. Come join us! re-imagining.education/ …Read more
I am back at it pulling invasive grass and piling it up to make compost. …Read more
Sometimes I give cactus a break and collect succulents instead. Just planted this one in the food forest. …Read more
Joe Brewer retweeted: Webinar on the Design School Fund today. Shared how it can be a lubricant for on-the-ground learning processes, how it can make us even more scrappy and grassroots, and how it can teach us to do big time funding. Also revealed that we’re already rich in non-financial resources.😤 …Read more
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