Renee's groundbreaking book on engagement, Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement, available as eBook or hardcover.:
For those working to reverse ecological crises and innovate solutions, the greatest untapped resource is a deep understanding of human behavior.
It is time to fully comprehend how people feel, experience, come to terms with, and act in our ecologically fragile world.
Knowing how people relate to change enables us to engage, mobilize, and inspire positive action.
Each one of us cares about our planet. However, it’s not always clear what to do about it.
Our need to understand human behavior at the deepest levels is no longer an option, when it comes to meeting our most urgent ecological challenges. Innovating solutions, crafting engagement strategies and designing astute messaging all require a fundamental fluency in how people not only think, but feel about our changing world. Renee Lertzman knows how to turn our aspirations for a better world into actions that make a difference. She works with leaders in business, government, NGOs, and academia to develop innovative research, insightful strategies, and transformative learning programs to effectively engage stakeholders in responding to the most profound challenges of our time. Learn more about Renee…
Recent Media Coverage
I was delighted to be part of Canada’s Citizens Climate Lobby national meeting in Ottawa, via virtual link-up. The presentation covers some core concepts about the connection between climate change communications and psychological insights. I also review the Quadrant to Engagement—the main approaches currently to climate and related engagement—and introduce an activity to practice applying the “Three A’s” (Anxiety, Ambivalence and Aspiration). Due to technical challenges, the video ends right as we move into the activity. The presentation continued with a review of how we can apply Motivational Interviewing-inspired approaches to our climate change work.
Closing the “Big Ideas” conference at InScience 2016 in Nijmegen, NL, I spoke about the psychology of climate change. People are not as apathetic as it seems. The real problem is a feeling of powerlessness. Some might see climate change crises as an...read more
Three separate interviews with leaders on the environment — Jeff Hayward, Katherine Crocker, and Renee Lertzman — were asked what they’re doing in response to the election results. What we can do? Jeff Hayward, who is vice president of landscapes and livelihoods for...read more
Post election, it’s pretty obvious there is an ever-increasing gap in the moral values of conservatives and liberals. In a recent study based on Cornell University research, moral values of compassion and fairness (liberal values), and purity (conservative...read more