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That's why we're improving our schools with the same set of design principles needed to achieve social, economic and environmental wellbeing on a planetary scale. 

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Contextual Behavioral Science

Contextual Behavioral Science ("CBS") is an evolutionary theory of behavior, language and thinking. The key leverage point for coordinated learning and action is changing the way we relate to our own experiences and to those of others.

Political Science and Economics

Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom showed that groups are capable of avoiding the "tragedy of the commons" if they possess certain core design principles ("CDPs"). We apply the CDPs to the educational commons in the same way they apply to our social, economic and planetary commons.

Evolutionary Science

We rely on cultural evolution to navigate fast changing conditions in our world - a capacity embedded in our genes. The CDPs together with CBS foster the psychological and behavioral flexibility necessary to allow us to adapt at the speed of change.

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Teacher collective efficacy

Social and emotional health

Academic achievement

Community science

Shaping the future of school

Shaping the future of work

21st century economics

Applied research

Youth voice | engagement

Equitable education systems

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Social and Emotional Health

The physical and social-emotional health of everyone across the school community is critical to support and evaluate.  


Prosocial incorporates contextual behavioral science (CBS) which provides evidence-informed practices for all ages and all levels of need. The following resources are easy to learn and applicable for children, teens, parents, teachers and school leaders.

Adaptive Capacity

Nobody, no matter their educational expertise, has the experience to ensure a fail-safe plan for the 2022-23 school year. 

As school improvement specialist David Sherer has argued, it is not about choosing "the right model", it is about ensuring your school has the right systems in place to improve and adapt. 

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Networked Improvement

The Networked Improvement Community (NIC) model builds on the latest insights for the spread of evidence-informed social innovation. 

Combined with Prosocial as a theory and methodology, we:

1. Clarify individual and group improvement aims; 
2. Increase the capacity to ideate, share, and evolve solutions to complex improvement barriers;

3. Help groups stay focused on coordination around targeted goals, with an emphasis on cooperation within and between schools.

Teaching Materials, Ages 4-17

The science behind Prosocial offers 21st century learning content in all core subject areas, as well as open science methods for students to investigate and improve their communities.

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Prosocial Youth

We are seeking to empower youth as ambassadors for the principles and challenges of behavioral flexibility, starting with real-world projects that matter to them, their schools and/or communities. 


What is a co-design? Confident, yet humble, we want to design the Prosocial Youth from square one with youth voice and youth agency. Then we want to nurture a peer to peer, Prosocial Youth movement.

DEAL Portraits

The highest level intervention is to model the system

For students, teachers, and school leaders looking for community based science at the cutting edge of evolutionary change, we offer custom support to launch the Doughnut Economic Action Lab (DEAL) Portrait tool.

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Prosocial Institute

Our free tools help group members practice the Prosocial methodology, at any age. Key stakeholders receive Prosocial for Facilitators training that we sponsor, designed by Prosocial Institute. 

For groups looking to further embed Prosocial leadership, you may consider taking a Prosocial for Facilitators training course.

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