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Contacting your elected officials? INSERT YOUR DREAM HERE

The story goes that during Reverend Martin Luther King’s famous speech at the March at Washington on August 28, 1963, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to Rev. King, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” at which point King set aside his prepared notes to improvise the famous, “I have a dream…” section of his speech. [...]

Groundhog Day as a Time of Inspiration 

Think about the time around Groundhog Day as opportunity to celebrate that you made it through the darkest period of winter. Imagine seeds of inspiration that are stirring within you. Take time to celebrate ancient, Earth-based holidays. It’s an ideal way synchronize your mental health with the seasons of the year and the cycles of [...]

Make a Positive Impact With Your Career (and Avoid Giver Burnout)

Life is short. Most of us must work to support ourselves. How can we design our careers so that we can have the most positive impact on the world? The Effective Altruism movement came up on my radar recently. (Maybe through my various research about the concept of the Social Contract?) Effective Altruism tries to [...]

Coping with an Illegitimate Election

Given today’s inauguration, I wanted to share some thoughts from my perspective as a psychologist. For the record, I am a registered Independent voter in Oregon. Outside of my research and teaching, much of my work goes on behind the scenes in private conversations with people. My approach to psychology has always been that political [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Events, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Ten Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2017 | Residence on Earth

via Ten Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2017 | Residence on Earth by Clara Changxin Fang During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump said that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, he intends to remove barriers to drilling and fracking, and pull the United States out of the Paris Climate [...]

Second Annual Oregon Ecopsychology Symposium: The Psychology of Interdependence | June 10-11, 2016

I wanted to share news about this second annual event happening in June. This is an incredible group of local speakers, with more being added daily, and the value is outstanding. We had a very powerful experience last year and many new connections were made. The Lewis & Clark campus is beautiful in June. Come [...]

Fund the Therapy Yurt!

Help Mitch get a yurt from Mitchell Bacon on Vimeo. A former student of mine Mitchell Bacon has a droll DIY video for his great Therapy Yurt Indiegogo crowd funding project. He plans to move his psychotherapy office into a yurt in the undeveloped backyard of a holistic health center in Portland. His vision is to create [...]

By | May 6th, 2015|Announcements, Personal Sustainability, video|0 Comments

Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit at James Madison University

A brief note about a recent summit I attended at James Madison University in Virginia. The event was called "Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self." Given the title, you can see why I was really excited to be there. This was billed as a "research-to-practice" summit in which educators and representatives from nongovernmental organizations around the [...]

Looking back on 2014: Nature-Health-Access Workshop at Lewis & Clark

One of the local events I am most proud of from 2014 is the Nature-Health-Access workshop that I created at Lewis and Clark this past summer.  A great group came together to discuss issues in access to healthy green spaces among different cultural groups in the Portland area. — Thomas Doherty   Earlier this year [...]

A note about the vote…

  All respect to Russell Brand and to those who do not vote out of principle. To others, make sure to get your ballot in. I'm big on voting—even if it’s not as much fun as my first vote in the mysterious old curtained mechanical voting booths in Buffalo, or as classic as putting my [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Announcements, Personal Sustainability, Uncategorized|0 Comments