Behavioral Food Change

Per Espen Stoknes is creating a new path to climate action.
Per Espen Stoknes serves as the director of Center for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo. As both an economist, author and psychologist, he's been working closely with organizational and business leaders throughout Scandinavia, the European Union as well as the Americas and Asia. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf

In the fifth episode of the Faces of Food podcast, we meet psychologist turned economist Per Espen Stoknes, who smuggles radical, environmental perspectives into hardcore financial companies.

How? Thinking long-term was at the core of what Per Espen has in mind when entering the world of economics.

One question has guided his research over the last decades of work: Under what conditions will humans take action for the long term in their everyday behaviors?

Journalist Corby Kummer is eager to get some actions steps from Per Espen Stoknes. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf.

Specializing in stories about the future and what they mean for current decision-making processes, he started helping executive teams from all over the world to think 10, 20 or 30 years ahead.

“This inevitably included environmental and climate concerns,  because these get more important the more long-term you’re able to think”, says Per Espen Stoknes in the Faces of Food podcast. “That was my way of smuggling in radical, environmental perspectives into hardcore, financial, energy and consumer good companies.”

Under what conditions will humans take action for the long term in their everyday behaviors?Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stokes spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the damage we do to our planet – to figure out a new way of talking about global warming that keeps us from shutting down. Watch his empowering TEDTalk here.

How can we change the decision-makers to see the immense benefits of a healthy and sustainable food system?

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Per Espen Stoknes spoke about how we can bridge behavioral change to global change to overcome the helplessness we feel facing the climate crisis at EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf

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