The Center for Emergent Diplomacy offers a twenty-first century toolbox of unique group processes designed to help us navigate the complex global realities we face. These processes help us find real solutions to seemingly intractable problems.  We apply the self-organizing power of Complexity Science to global policy agendas in order to reach resilient and collaborative agreements that address the critical issues of our time. The Center for Emergent Diplomacy is an action research network of social innovators who facilitate the space for new ideas and potential solutions to emerge.

What if

What if  the keys to creating a more just and compassionate world are within reach, and are found within the emerging science of Complex Adaptive System?

What if  community activists, civil society groups and other global citizens could collaborate in unique ways that result in:

  • Innovative new solutions to our world’s most pressing problems;
  • The weaving of newly empowered global action networks to help implement needed solutions and strategies;
  • International collective and coordinated action that leads to large-scale, comprehensive systemic change?

What if  we really can change the world? WE CAN. 


Bretton Woods 3.0: Mobilizing for A New Compassionate Economy
The Center for Emergent Diplomacy will convene a global economic summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, on May 18-28, 2016,called Bretton Woods 3.0.  . . . 

We Have a Story!
In partnership with Al Quds Association for Dialogue and Democracy in Palestine, and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel, the “We Have a Story!” project grows a network of Israeli and Palestinian youth . . .

The Bridge
Bridging the Gap Between Education and Juvenile Justice
We propose a “whole child” model that works at a systems level.  We focus initially on public schools as primary intervention points, because they are anchors for the community and provide access into the system

Happiness Santa Fe
The Center for Emergent Diplomacy, in partnership with the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA,  provided leadership, tools and project management to facilitate Santa Fe becoming a Happiness City . . . 

Expanding the Nuclear Taboo
Welcoming delegates from Iran, Israel, the Korean Peninsula, and policy think tanks among others, CEO Dr. Merle Lefkoff and physicist Dr. James Bradbury co-convened and facilitated a recent series of back-channel nuclear non-proliferation meetings in Santa Fe . . .

Women Changing the Outcomes in the Middle East
The Center for Emergent Diplomacy, in partnership with our local organizers on the ground, the Center for Freedom and Justice in Palestine and We Will Not Obey in Israel, is convening and facilitating a series of meetings . . .


Our Economic Model is at War with Life on Earth  Watch Naomi Klein's very short trailer for her new book.

Naomi Klein: Rethinking Climate Change
Does the standard economic analysis which is being used to tackle climate change need a major rethink? Yes says Naomi Klein in her new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate . . .

400,000 people made the commitment, along with over one million people around the world, and it changes everything! 
On to Bretton Woods 3.0, the next big thing.


Merle Lefkoff at TEDxABQ talking about Bretton Woods 3.0

In Defense of Obama
by Paul Krugman
When it comes to Barack Obama, I've always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical . . . 

Peoples Climate March using Jemez Principles for democratic organizing developed in NM in 1996
The following Jemez Principles were developed in the mid nineties at the beginning of the environmental justice movement. We are proud that this meeting took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico . . .