BOB DOPPELT'S BEHAVIOR CHANGE RESOURCE PICKS

Selected by The Resource Innovation Group's Bob Doppelt, these resources explore the role of behavior change in tackling complex issues like sustainability and climate change.

Bob is the author of Leading Change toward Sustainability: A Change Management Guide for Business, Government, and Civil Society and The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How To Create a Positive Future for the Climate, The Planet, Your Organization and Your Life. 
His new book, From Me to We: The Five Commitments Required to Save the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life will be released in 2012 (Greenleaf Publishing, In Press). Bob writes regular columns on global warming for the Eugene Register-Guard and the Salem Statesman-Journal newspapers and is a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences. He's also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon where he teaches systems thinking and global warming planning and policy. 

For practitioners interested in learning more about behavior change and sustainability, Bob recommends the following books and articles.

 

Collection Resources

A national survey of public opinion on climate and energy policy, including preferences for issue priority, actions to address global warming, and renewable energy.

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A survey of Pittsburgh residents' energy consumption preferences found that participants tend to favor the "personal freedom" of voluntary actions over both "soft" regulations (incentive-based mechanisms) and hard regulations (government controls).

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A national survey that inquired into the participants' perceived difficulty of implementing a list of energy saving actions, such as turning down a thermostat or carpooling.

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An investigation of how a middle-out approach (as opposed to top-down or bottom-up) influences behavior and creates the necessary elements of agency and capacity that enable the transition to a low carbon society.  

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A report seeking to better understand and to provide solutions to accelerate energy savings from changes in residential energy-use behavior in Minnesota.

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In this book, Kasser asserts that materialistic values lead to feelings of dissatisfaction, vulnerability and antisocial behavior in individuals and for society as a whole.

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In this book, Keltner examines the role of evolution in the relationship between the emotions that shape human behavior and societal cooperation.

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A book that explores the psychology behind risk-taking behavior and habits.

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A book that explores the psychology behind how optimism and pessimism impact one's quality of life.

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Siegel's book draws from Western and Eastern influences to investigate the benefits of reflection and mindfulness.

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A book that examines the positive side of the human psyche and how it contributes to emotional strength. 

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In this book, the idea of "resilience thinking" is proposed as a way to understand complex systems, manage resources and achieve sustainability.

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A book that investigates themes of happiness, prosperity, and consumer behavior in the American middle-class.

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A book about the widening income gap in the U.S. and what it reveals about the nation's health.

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In this book, Wilson explores the connections between biology and human behavior. 

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A book that examines the connection between social disorder and American cultural values of freedom and liberty.

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A book that compares a range of social conditions across both developed and developing nations.

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Paul Ehrlich examines the relationship between environmental issues, population growth and technology.

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