McPhee Lecture and Workshop

mcphee david sloan wilson seton coveDavid Sloan Wilson is trained as an evolutionary biologist and has played an important role in expanding Darwin’s theory beyond the biological sciences to include all aspects of humanity. He is best known for championing Multilevel Selection Theory, which explains how adaptations can evolve—or fail to evolve—at any level of a multi-tier hierarchy, such as from genes to ecosystems in nature and small groups to global governance in human society.
As president of the Evolution Institute, he applies evolutionary thinking to policy issues such as economics, education, environmental sustainability, and health. He writes for the general public in addition to his professional work. His books include Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others, and This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.

7-8:30pm • $60

Steering toward the Omega Point: Managing Cultural Evolution for the Global Good

The scientist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) coined the term “Omega Point” to refer to a global consciousness that humanity was evolving toward. In a more practical vein, everyone can agree on the need for good governance at a global scale, even if there is widespread disagreement and confusion on how to get there. Wilson will evaluate the prospect for good governance at all scales from a modern evolutionary perspective, including the role of spirituality that makes Teilhard de Chardin’s writing so distinctive and motivating.

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8:30am-3pm • $225

Prosocial: A Practical Framework for Managing Cultural Evolution in any Group or Business Setting

Prosocial Design Method: the first evidence-based process for increasing motivation, satisfaction, engagement, and productivity in groups.

People use words such as “evolve” and “adapt” all the time when referring to the need for positive change. Developed by scientists, combining robust bodies of research from evolutionary theory, economics, political science, and the applied behavioral sciences, Prosocial Design Method provides a set of practical tools to help individuals and groups of all types and sizes function better and adapt to ever-changing environments.

Studies have shown that neither the individual attributes of their members nor even the coaching from their leaders are what create the most effective teams. The critical success factors are the interactions within the team itself. Prosocial is a powerful approach for optimizing group outcomes that has the power to expand the scale of positive change and remain effective at a global scale.

This one-day workshop will explore how Prosocial can help facilitate connections and increase engagement among group members to fulfill the mission of your group or organization.

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Location: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX. Carpool and ride-sharing encouraged — free parking available in Good Shepherd’s Parking Garage and along the street.


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