Center for Emergent Diplomacy

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The Center for Emergent Diplomacy is a social-profit think tank exploring radical problem-solving processes from the frontier of complexity science and practice. Through training, facilitation and convening, we create new action strategies that lead to a more just and resilient future. 

Using unique problem solving processes drawn from a synthesis of Native and Western Complexity Science, we train emerging community thought leaders and activists from all sectors of society in support of collective action to create systemic change.  With a focus on preparing to live in the unknown future on an altered planet, our projects, workshops, and conferences weave together cutting-edge solutions and campaigns to create collaborative global impact.

​Our transdisciplinary and holistic approach to complex systems, as seen in our past and ongoing work, provides an understanding of patterns of relationships, how complex social systems self-organize, how they are sustained, and how innovative outcomes and “adjacent solutions” emerge.  This approach allows us to think like an ecosystem as we plan to revolutionize our existing systems.  It releases us from the paralysis of complexity, and reveals a path forward.

Our social systems, and the natural systems of which we are a part, are undergoing accelerated change, and in many cases are disintegrating. 

We were unprepared for the pandemic; unprepared for the exponential advance of catastrophic weather events; unprepared for how to end our forever wars.  We can build infrastructure and create new fossil-based technologies to hold back the consequences of continued global warming.  And we can triage to help the wounded.  But in the end nature beckons us to stop trying to fix what can’t be fixed.  

We must prepare now to assemble in deep conversation to discover how to live as part of the future living systems that hold the promise of the next flourishing planet.

​The Center for Emergent Diplomacy is a 501(c)(3).  Supporters of our work are social investors who seek and expect a return on their efforts in the form of an increase in the common good.