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C3: Consciousness, Communication, and Change

Become a more skillful, engaging, and effective communicator

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A Special Message from the IONS Team

Our collective hearts have been broken open by recent events of senseless violence. In response, millions of people stand together in solidarity — calling forth a world in which true justice and equality can be established for all people.

Deep transformation requires skillful and effective approaches to informing, to educating, and to sharing messages that inspire action and change. IONS is creating a special online version of C3: Consciousness, Communications & Change available to anyone who wants to play a role in that transformation.

Registration for this self-paced video course is free to all through the month of July — please spread the word!

You are passionate about making a change in this world. You strive to inform, to educate, to inspire.

And yet, at times your carefully crafted message falls flat. Why?

C3 Discussion CircleToo often we, as changemakers, trip over our message—unintentionally employing counterproductive methods that cause our audience to resist, rather than welcome, new perspectives.

Powerful findings from the science of how people change—and why they don’t—have not yet made it to the front lines of therapists, activists, policymakers, and others fighting the good fight.

Until now…

Consciousness, Communication & Change (C3)

Become a more skillful, engaging, and effective communicator.

In this groundbreaking course, you will explore how the latest research findings in social, cognitive and brain science, along with worldview and behavior change research, intersect with timeless wisdom from the world’s spiritual traditions to reveal the dynamic forces driving human thought and behavior.

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Translated into practical tools and techniques that you can apply immediately, this cutting-edge research opens a window into what works, what doesn’t, and how to craft clear, concise and compelling messages that enroll your audience in a powerful new vision of the future.

In this self-paced course you will learn to:

  • Better understand people’s non-conscious motivations or biases
  • Deliver facts or evidence more skillfully and effectively
  • Steer clear of ineffective strategies, such as over-informing or motivating through fear
  • Sharpen and strengthening your own unique voice
  • Root your vision in shared values
  • Enhance people’s sense of membership and community, and
  • Ground your strategies in science

The C3 Toolbox

C3 offers a toolbox for conscious changemakers, leveraging both science and wisdom practices to supercharge your effectiveness, including:

  • The Limits of Information
  • Motivation Myths
  • Informing Skillfully
  • Moving and Motivating
  • Navigating Implicit Bias
  • Focusing on the Frame
  • Powerful Storytelling
  • Harnessing Membership and Community
  • Appealing to Identity and Values
  • Your Leadership DNA
  • Qualities to Cultivate
  • Calibrating Your Compass
  • Leveraging Vulnerability
  • Fierce Compassion
  • Being the Message
  • Embodying Vision
  • The 12 Principles of C3
  • The Ecosystem of Change

If your job or life’s purpose is to create a thriving and equitable human presence on this planet, this course is for you!

Cassandra VietenCourse developer Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she worked for 18 years in successive roles as Scientist, Director of Research, CEO, and President. She is a psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author of numerous articles in scientific journals, and an internationally recognized keynote speaker.

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