ICA presents at Garrison Symposium on Climate, Mind and Behavior
Friday, September 6, 2013
Posted by: Nina Winn
The Garrison Institute, located up the Hudson River from New York City, is a leading think tank that integrates emerging
research about human behavior into
new thinking on practical responses and
solutions to climate change.
Jennifer Hirsch, an ICA
fellow, played a major role in organizing this
year's Climate, Mind, and Behavior
Symposium held June 10-12, 2013. Terry Bergdall, ICA's ExecutiveDirector, presented on the ICA's Accelerate 77
sustainability work in Chicago'scommunities.
Jennifer and Terry designed and facilitated participatorydiscussions throughout the conference.
major questions were central to these facilitated discussions. The first focused on
diversity and ways that various approaches and perspectives helpaddress the super challenges posed by climate change.
The second focused onempowering
cultural dimensions in building models for social change. Thislatter point, has long been at the heart of ICA's
mission and its strategic approach in
developing new programs. All the presentations advanced creative thinking
about these questions.
chief anthropologist for the National Geographic Society, gave a stimulating keynote address on practical, and
generally unrecognized contributions of diverse cultures throughout the world
in dealing with climate change. A
presentation by Rev. Mitch Hescox, President and CEO of the Evangelical
Environmental Network provided a powerful illustration of common ground and creative alternatives that transcend the
popular narrative that emphasizes
extreme polarization. The ICA appreciates being able to contribute to the conversation and facilitation of events