Winter Eliot 2024: "The Practice of Evidence-Based Hope" with Elin Kelsey

Saturday, December 28, 2024 from 02:30 PM to Monday, January 01, 2024 to 11:45 AM

The Practice of Evidence-Based Hope

Elin Kelsey

Program Description

Climate change, COVID-19, armed conflicts - the collective  impact of these global issues impacts our own feelings of well-being and those of the people we love. With problems deemed more newsworthy than solutions, we are awash in a 24/7 newscycle that reinforces the myth that it is already too late or that issues are too big or too broken to change.  In this multi-day workshop, we’ll engage in a series of practices to honor our feelings and to empower ourselves by challenging the narrative of fatalistic doomism and shifting toward evidence-based hope. 

This workshop is open to youth and adults and will involve opportunities to engage through conversation, art and time spent outdoors in nature.


Elin Kelsey, PhD is an award-winning author, speaker and thought-leader for the evidence-based hope and climate justice solutions movement. Kelsey’s influence can be seen through the popularity of her book, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis (2020) and in the hopeful, solutions-focus of her clients, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a visiting fellow including the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society (Germany), the Rockefeller Foundation (Italy), the Kone Foundation (Finland) , the Salish Sea Institute (USA), the Cairns Institute (Australia) and Stanford University. She co-created the viral social media campaign #OceanOptimism and is currently leading intergenerational collaborations with climate influencers to make evidence-based hope more shareable online. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies, and Western Washington University’s School of Environment. She regularly serves as an author/artist in residence for international schools. She is a best-selling children's book author, podcast host, and film writer.  For more, please visit


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