BMI accelerates and assists efforts that take seriously the social, psychological, and emotional i) impacts and damage of climate and environmental challenges, ii) building blocks of transformative responses to those challenges. Social and emotional thriving and wellbeing are essential foundations for humanely navigating the Anthropocene.
Billion Minds Institute helps others:
Recent efforts include:
Conceiving, funding, and sponsoring a US National Academy of Sciences Workshop to explore prospects and opportunities to bend the Human Sciences towards the purpose of empowering community led action.
Initiating and resourcing the Care of People x Planet global network, and the Billion Minds Project at Columbia University that manages its technical operations. This effort just completed and launched at COP28 the Roadmap for Care and Change. The Roadmap lays out a strategy and path for integrating psychological resilience within global efforts such as the Race to Resilience to make 4 billion people more climate resilient by 2030, It includes an ambitious set of Early Adopter.initiatives that begins to put that strategy to work.
Supporting project management for Friendship Bench-Brooklyn (FB-BK). This will be a collaboration between BMI, Friendship Bench, and Maimonides Health's Population Health Department to plan and then implement Brooklyn-wide adoption of the Friendship Bench model of community-led mental health care and promotion across this health system's primary care network and it's partner Brooklyn Communities Collaborative. This is intended to be part of a larger effort to show the feasiblity and value of steering New York State health care funding to impact social determinants of health, thus having the potential to re-think health care reimbursement as part of social climate building in similar ways across the US.