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Friday, February 3 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mental frames: How they're constraining societal communication and problem solving and what you can do about it

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"Mental frames" are a set of concepts and theoretical perspectives on how individuals, groups and societies organize, perceive and communicate about the world around them. An individual's mental frame influences their perception — people with different frames will see the same facts differently. Increasingly, mental frames are constraining societal communication and problem solving. Frames are filters to take in information selectively, process information in certain ways, discourage entire schools of thought, and discredit large swaths of the population. None of this serves us well, yet stepping outside our mental frames is hard. To do it successfully, we need to understand why we must, and have simple tools to support doing so. In this session, we explore several examples of where mental frames are constraining resilient action in Boulder and beyond, highlight ways that stepping out of those frames will support social change, and discuss simple tools to support opening ourselves to other viewpoints.

Speakers
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Chris Allan

Social Change Evangelist, Picher Allan Associates LLC
Chris Allan is a consultant on international environmental and development programming. He has thirty years experience in community development and environmental protection with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants Fund, Catholic Relief Services and the US Peace Corps. Ten of those years were in East and Southern Africa, and the remainder in the United States. He has a Masters Degree... Read More →
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Karen MacClune

Senior Staff Scientist, ISET-International
Karen MacClune has worked for ISET-International since 2009, working on urban resilience in cities in South and South-east Asia. Prior to joining ISET, she worked as a hydrologist and hydrologic modeler with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates. She received her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado where she studied glacial hydrology in the Antarctica Dry Valleys. | As a cryosphere scientist and international development practitioner... Read More →
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Ken MacClune

Executive Director, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition
Ken MacClune is Executive Director of ISET. Ken has over 20 years of experience in climate change, urbanization and resilience with work centered in Asia. Ken's work has focuses on translating global natural and social scientific insights into local contexts in a manner that improves understanding and enables action. He does this through engagement and dialogue to build contextual understanding and mutual trust. Ken’s work, such as... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

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