Speaking Event: Facts vs. Feelings

When & Where
The Commonwealth Club of California - San Francisco
595 Market Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
May 1, 2014 - 6:00pm
Contact
club@commonwealthclub.org
415 597 6700

 

Daniel Goleman, Author, Ecological Intelligence

Joshua Freedman, CEO, Six Seconds; Author, Inside Change

Though ecological awareness is on the rise, environmental depredation continues at alarming rates. While many people cognitively understand that behavior has to change to save the planet, that knowledge isn’t often enough to trigger change. People hear about “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” but they still buy bottled water and throw away plastic bags. The disconnect is rooted in understanding the human brain – and the way our brains actually process danger.

On the one hand, the long-term, slow threats that are destroying the planet don’t activate the human threat-response system. On the other, ringing alarm bells push people into short-term, survival-oriented, self-protective reactions.

Could the neuroscience of change and the role of emotion be the missing links to reducing carbon pollution? Can feelings bring people into action?

Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)