The Adaptive Mind: Identifying the Psychosocial Skills & Capacities Needed to Navigate an Increasingly Difficult World

Jan 31st, 2023 - Feb 3rd, 2023
Virtual Workshop

In response to the urgency and rapid unfolding of the climate crises, along with confluent and related global breakdowns, the ability of people to resiliently persist, maintain social capital, and collaborate to make the difficult decisions involved in societal transformation is critical. Taking this urgent need as a starting point, this workshop seeks to define the “adaptive mind”, i.e., the psychosocial propensities, capacities and skills needed to navigate a world characterized by constant, traumatic and transformative change.

This workshop aims to support the movement toward building the psychosocial skills to deal with a world confronting the profound and complex challenges of multiple simultaneous crises and system failures. It seeks to generate synthetic and integrative insights that

  • further raise awareness of these growing needs,
  • support projects and programs aiming to respond to them, and
  • help advocate for transformative shifts in education, professional development, funding and policy.

Funding Partners


James C. Arnott

Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Executive Director
starEvent Co-Chair

Susanne Moser

Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
Director and Principal Researcher
starEvent Co-Chair

Lily Swanbrow Becker

Council on the Uncertain Human Future
Associate Director
starEvent Co-Organizer

Kristen Goodrich

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR)
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
starEvent Co-Organizer

Emily Jack-Scott

Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Program Director
starEvent Co-Organizer

Theopia Jackson

Saybrook University
Chair, Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
starEvent Co-Organizer

Margaret Krebs

Stanford University
Program Designer
starEvent Co-Organizer

Elizabeth Rohring

starEvent Co-Organizer


University of Victoria
Professor and Dean of Education
Mind and Life Institute
Research Institute for Sustainability Potsdam (RIFS)
Research Group Leader
Graphic Notetaker
The College of Wooster
Professor of Psychology
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Program Associate
Writer, Workshop Facilitator, LCSW
California Institute of Intergral Studies
Climate Psychology Educator and Consultant
The BTS Center
Executive Director
Lund University
Professor of Integrative Neurophysiology
Gelinas & James Consulting
University of California, Davis
Clinical Neuroscientist, Professor
Generative Somatics
Somatic Innovator and Cofounder of Generative Somatics; Author
Boundless in Motion
Climate scientist, Zen priest, educator & founding spiritual teacher
University of Manitoba
Organizational Development and Systems Change Strategist; Research Affiliate
Lund University
Professor of Art History and Visual Studies
University Of Birmingham, UK
Practitioner Academic, Senior Fellow
Integral Psychology Center
Jungian Analyst, Ecopyschologist
Stockholm Resilience Center
Director of Transdisciplinary Education and Deputy Science Director
Haverford College
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Global Consciousness Institute (GCI)
Executive Director
Wolf Willow Institute
Founding Director
Climate Critical Earth
University of Stockholm
Associate Professor and Deputy Science Director
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Executive Director
The Wellbeing Project
Project Lead
University of Helsinki
Animas Valley Institute
Cal Poly Humboldt University
Professor of Environmental Studies
Wolf Willow Institute
The Multisolving Institute
Founder and Director, The Multisolving Institute
Sofia University
Good Grief Network
Founding Director
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Director of Initiatives
University of Toronto
PhD Candidate, Master of Teaching Instructor, Facilitator, Consultant
RMIT University
Research Fellow
Lund University
Professor of Sustainability, Director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program
Climate Psychology Alliance North America
Research Psychologist, Panpsychologist
Stanford University
Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow

View Historical Roster

The attendee list and participant profiles are regularly updated. For information on participant affiliation at the time of workshop, please refer to the historical roster. If you are aware of updates needed to participant or workshop records, please notify AGCI’s workshops team.