One of my big discoveries in the last five years has been that there are literally hundreds of books about cultural evolution... yet almost no one has surveyed and translated this vast literature for mainstream education.
The purpose of this campaign is to build the first dedicated library for cultural evolutionary studies. It will become part of a research center we are creating where change practitioners will be trained in the design science of intentional social change.
As many of you know, I was the project coordinator tasked with co-founding an international scientific society -- the Cultural Evolution Society -- that now has more than 2100 members from 50 countries around the world. During the two years that I oversaw the formation process I had the unique vantage point from which to observe the incredible diversity of knowledge represented by this integrative approach to biological and cultural studies.
I also observed a critical absence of formal infrastructure for the field of cultural evolutionary studies. There was not a single organization on Earth tasked with building educational infrastructure, coordinating research agendas, or building the capacities for collaboration that would deliver on the many promises of a rigorous applied science of social change.
So now I am taking up this responsibility and will be building vital infrastructure as part of a new research center focusing on applied cultural evolution to help increase the health and resilience of communities around the world. A small piece of this effort is to create a library of books that represent the field.
You can help seed this collection (that builds on the 150-200 books I already have in my personal library -- all o f which will ultimately be donated to the research center) by contributing to this fund. From these meager resources I will begin to gather books that represent the state of knowledge for cultural evolutionary studies.
This will enable my team to write book reviews, create online course materials, and make this knowledge available to the public. Your contribution of $5, $50, or $500 will go a long way toward making this vision a reality.