Section V: Ecological Civilization

Track 1: The Psychology of Wellbeing and its Ecological Implications
(Jeanne Nakamura)

Psychologists have focused extensively on the causes and cures of illness. An ecological civilization needs to focus on what makes for sustainable human wellbeing. This shift is occurring, along with analogous developments in thinking about the goals of society and the economy. This track will comprise a working group to foster and better define how psychology, notably positive psychology and conservation psychology, may help to advance an ecological civilization. Registration needs permission of the track organizer (please contact after August 15).



Friday, June 5

  • Session 1:  2:00 – 3:30. 

Introduction; Positive Psychology & Conservation Psychology

(Nakamura, Csikszentmihalyi, Myers, Kasser)

  • Session 2:  4:00 – 5:30. 

Positive Psychology Outcomes Associated with Experience in Nature

(McMillan, Passmore; Clayton, Ballew, Roberts)

Saturday, June 6

  • Session 3:  11:00 – 12:30. 

The Dark Side of Positive Emotions and Consumption (Gruber, Preston)

Beyond Materialistic Values (Whillans, Howell, Kasser)

  • Session 4:  2:00 – 3:30.

Practitioner perspectives (Musikanski, Rusk, Biedenweg)

Humannature positive syntheses (Inghilleri, Bonaiuto)

  • Session 5:  4:00 – 5:30. 

Incubator Session

(Fraser, Gould, De Dominicis, Voloaca, Karlin)

Sunday, June 7

  • Session 6: 9:00 – 10:30.

Participation and empowerment: US and international perspectives (Cranston, Carrico, Chawla)

Environment in light of community and culture (Omoto, Rainisio, Gupta)

  • Session 7:  11:00 – 12:30. 

Moral Foundations, Motivations, and Development (Matsuba, Bloodhart, Ruckert)

Positive Approaches to Environmental Communications (Davis, Markowitz, Geiger)

  • Session 8:  2:00 – 3:30. 

Report, Integrative Work, and Discussion

(Rapporteurs: Ballew, Egger, Roberts, Zimmerman)

  • Session 9:  4:00 – 5:30. 

Informal Exchange about the Future and Collaboration