Societal addiction therapy: from motivational interviewing to Community Engaged Scenario Planning

Robert Costanza, Paul WB Atkins, Mitzi Bolton, Steve Cork, Nicola J. Grigg, Tim Kasser, Ida Kubiszewski

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Societies, like individuals, can become addicted to patterns of detrimental and unsustainable behavior. We can learn from one of the most successful therapies at the individual scale, motivational interviewing (MI). MI is based on engaging addicts in a positive discussion of their goals, motives, and futures. One analogy to MI at the societal level is community engaged scenario planning, which can engage entire communities in building consensus about preferred alternative futures via public opinion surveys and forums. Effective therapies for societal addictions are possible, but require re-balancing effort away from only pointing out the dire consequences of current behavior and toward also building a truly shared vision of a positive future and ways to get there.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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