In this episode I have the joy of once again connecting with Karen O’Brien. She is originally from the US, but has been living and working in Norway for many years. She is a Professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She has 25 years of experience in climate change research, her work focusing on human responses to environmental change, with an emphasis on the relationships between personal, cultural, and systems transformations.
One of her current projects is called cChange. The aim of this project is to investigate how individuals, groups and systems can creatively respond to adaptive challenges. The starting point being that we probably need more than technical innovations to solve the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Becoming conscious of our behaviors, values, priorities, mental models and worldviews is just as important!
A part of the cChange initiative is the “cChallenge”, a project where individuals set out to explore and experience the very nature of personal and systemic change processes. Through choosing different 30-day challenges they make explicit the ways in which we’re often “stuck” in rigid patterns of thinking and behavior, and they experience what it takes to “brake free” and create new ways of being and doing. In our conversation we explore some of the insights that emerged from this project, in addition to the underlying theory that informs this ongoing investigation.
In our dialogue we reference the model below, so you might want to check it out while tuning in to the podcast.