This track offers five carbon reduction behavior change programs targeted to different groups of people: community residents, corporate employees, high school and college students, elementary school students, and individual households. Each behavior change program includes learning how to facilitate an empowerment training and/or provide empowerment coaching, and use the Social Change 2.0 framework, strategies and skills to architect a transformational intervention. You will also be provided guidance on how to customize the program to the needs of your community or project.
To learn more about the Empowerment Institute Certification Program visit its home page.
Track 6 certifies you to deliver one of the five following climate change programs:
Each behavior change program includes learning how to facilitate an empowerment training and/or provide empowerment coaching, and use the Social Change 2.0 framework, strategies and skills to architect a transformational intervention. You will also be provided guidance on how to customize the program to the needs of your community or project.
With a ticking clock, substantive and timely carbon reduction is critically needed. The fossil fuels used to power our homes and cars generate between 50 and 90 percent of a community’s footprint. In America this represents half of the country’s carbon emissions. It is also the low-hanging fruit because we can make these changes immediately while buying needed time for the longer-term technology solutions to scale-up. Further, empowering the citizens of a community to lower their carbon footprint builds demand for the green products and services needed to create local low-carbon economies and the political advocacy needed to help communities further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2006 Empowerment Institute created a community-based environmental behavior-change program called Low Carbon Diet. The program consists of twenty-four actions to reduce one's carbon footprint by at least 5,000 pounds in thirty days and to help others do the same. It is based on two decades of experience working with several million people in hundreds of cities around the world organized into neighborhood-based peer-support groups of five to eight households called EcoTeams.
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The next Empowerment Institute Certification Program begins January 11–15, 2017 in Amman, Jordan.
To learn about some of the transformative social change strategies and tactics integrated into these programs view the following videos:
Reinventing the Social Change Formula
The Essence of the New Social Change Formula
Beyond the "Good Fight"
From Pathology to Vision
Building a Resilient New York City
Secrets of Social Diffusion
Advanced Training for Social Change Agents
Read about the Empowerment Institute Certification Program in a free download from David Gershon’s award-winning book Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World, “Building Leadership Capacity to Change the World: A School for Transformative Social Change.”
To learn more about the Social Change 2.0 framework which undergirds the practice of empowerment in communities, read the free download from the book's introduction, "Reinventing Social Change."
Click here to purchase Social Change 2.0
“Low Carbon Diet is fabulous! It couldn’t be more timely. It’s practical, accessible and effective. Getting people to take on global warming at a personal level is critical to tackling the issue. Low Carbon Diet can make a huge difference.”– Denis Hayes, Co-founder Earth Day, CEO Bullit Foundation