Binghamton, NY

A workshop in Binghamton, New York provides a proof of concept For the last three years, PROSOCIAL’s development team has been holding workshops at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) annual World Conference.  The workshop held last June in Seattle was the best yet, which shouldn’t be surprising, given that PROSOCIAL is well and…

PROSOCIAL is founded in large part on the work of Elinor Ostrom, a political scientist by training who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2009. I met Lin (as she insisted everyone should call her) at a workshop in 2009, just a few months before she received the prize, and we worked together until…

PROSOCIAL combines two bodies of knowledge to improve the efficacy of groups. The first is the Core Design Principles (CDP) approach pioneered by Elinor Ostrom.  The second is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) pioneered by Steven C. Hayes. Both of these bodies of knowledge have roots in various academic disciplines and have recently been given…

In his PROSOCIAL Magazine article titled “The Design Principles Evolve Naturally”, Alan Honick describes how a group of stakeholders who couldn’t agree on anything came together to manage a forest ecosystem in Oregon. Without anyone coaching them, they spontaneously adopted the Core Design Principles that are formally taught to groups by PROSOCIAL. Another example of…

The word “prosocial” refers to the welfare of others and society as a whole. PROSOCIAL Magazine is designed to promote these values, but it is not the first to do so. Others include Yes! and Greater Good, which we warmly recommend to our readers. PROSOCIAL Magazine takes a distinctively scientific approach, but even this is…

A turning point in my life came when I decided to study prosociality in the real world. The very word “prosocial” is used mostly by egghead professors such as myself and is unfamiliar to the average Joe. Microsoft Word doesn’t even recognize it as a word and keeps telling me that I have misspelled something….