Accreditors Approve Saybrook University Alliance with TCS Education System

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) sends green light for innovative partnership, ensuring a vibrant future for both nonprofit institutions.

March 3, 2014 (Chicago and San Francisco) The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has approved a partnership between Chicago-based TCS Education System (TCS Ed) and San Francisco-based Saybrook University—a dynamic collaboration expected to enrich the future of both nonprofit institutions.

“A revolution is happening in graduate education, and this partnership allows Saybrook University to lead the way,” said Dr. Mark Schulman, president of Saybrook University. “Our affiliation with TCS Education System allows Saybrook to continue to deliver the humanistic education that transforms lives but, in the current national economic climate, is increasingly out of the reach of millions.”

Driven by a social change mission that unifies its colleges and distinguishes TCS Education System from any other higher education enterprise today, the addition of Saybrook expands the consortium to a total of five higher education institutions that span the nation. Dr. Michael Horowitz, founding president of TCS Ed since 2009, said WASC’s approval of this partnership is a testament to the success of the TCS Education System mission and will help advance an unprecedented vision in practitioner-based education.

“TCS Education System was founded to become a game-changer,” said Dr. Horowitz. “As we embark on the next chapter in our journey and welcome Saybrook University into the TCS Education System family, together we will continue to reimagine higher education and forge new paths that will answer the call to prepare qualified practitioners positively impacting communities locally and globally.”

Considered the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and practice, Saybrook University joins The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, and the Dallas Nursing Institute in the TCS Education System network.

“TCS Education System is a community of like-minded educational institutions. As one of its partners, Saybrook will have access to high caliber expertise,” said Dr. Schulman. “This expertise will help us reduce costs, make our high quality graduate education more available, and improve the student experience.”

 

About TCS Education System:

TCS Education System (TCS Ed) was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit organization with a mission of preparing innovative, engaged, purposeful agents of change who serve our global community.

TCS Ed features a network of specialized institutions, which are backed by a model of education that prepares socially responsible, culturally competent professionals in applied fields such as psychology, law, health care, and education. TCS Ed partners—The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, Dallas Nursing Institute, and Saybrook University—each offer scholarship, training, and service opportunities directed to a specific career path while providing a transformative educational experience. For more information, visit www.tcsedsystem.edu.

About Saybrook University

Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and practice, was founded in 1971 to carry forward the philosophy and values of a group of prominent scholars and psychologists, including Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Carl Rogers.

One of the first American universities to offer graduate education at a distance for working professionals, Saybrook offers graduate level courses that combine online education with in-person classes, intensive seminars, and conferences. A nonprofit university composed of four schools—the School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation, the School of Mind-Body Medicine, the School of Clinical Psychology, and the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry—Saybrook is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

TCS Education System and Saybrook University Join Forces

Oct. 7, 2013 (Chicago and San Francisco) Chicago-based TCS Education System (TCS Ed), an entrepreneurial, nonprofit higher education system, and San Francisco-based Saybrook University are pleased to announce approval by their respective Board of Trustees to form a partnership.

Driven by a social change mission that unifies its entities and distinguishes TCS Ed from any other educational system today, the addition of Saybrook will expand the consortium to a total of four higher education institutions that span the nation. The partnership will allow Saybrook to focus on students while benefitting from TCS Ed expertise in areas that include admissions, marketing, online education services, finance, accreditation, compliance, and human resources.

Dr. Michael Horowitz, founding president of TCS Ed since 2009, said the addition of this institution furthers the system’s mission and strengthens the network. “TCS Education System was founded to become a game-changer in higher education. Through our overarching mission and colleges, we create graduates—change agents—who positively impact local and global communities.”

Dr. Mark Schulman, president of Saybrook University, said joining forces with TCS Ed will allow his institution to continue its four-decade goal of using graduate education to help individuals discover their life’s work and excel in it. “Together we have the capacity to help students bring about much needed change: transforming the health care system, improving mental health services, leading new kinds of organizations.”

Considered the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and practice, the addition of Saybrook University is in line with TCS Ed’s long-term vision. Saybrook joins The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, and The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law in the TCS Ed family.

“We value the collective history of how our organization has come together and is advancing an unprecedented vision in practitioner-based education,” Dr. Horowitz added.

The partnership with Saybrook University is pending regulatory approval.

About TCS Education System:
TCS Education System (TCS Ed) was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit organization with a mission of preparing innovative, engaged, purposeful agents of change who serve our global community.
TCS Ed features a network of specialized institutions, which are backed by a model of education that prepares socially responsible, culturally competent professionals in applied fields such as psychology, law, and education. TCS Ed’s partners—The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, and pending regulatory approval, Saybrook University—each offer scholarship, training, and service opportunities directed to a specific career path while providing a transformative educational experience. For more information, visit www.tcsedsystem.edu.
About Saybrook University
Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and practice, was founded in 1971to carry forward the philosophy and values of a group of prominent scholars and psychologists, including Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Carl Rogers.
One of the first American universities to offer graduate education at a distance for working professionals, Saybrook offers graduate level courses that combine online education with in-person classes, intensive seminars, and conferences. A nonprofit university composed of four schools—the School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation, the School of Mind-Body Medicine, the School of Clinical Psychology, and the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry—Saybrook is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Saybrook Uses Data to Defy the Great Depression

Bucking trends in higher education, the University now has more students than at any time in its history.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013

The Ivory Tower lives in the same economy as the rest of the world, and according to articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, American graduate school enrollment is flat and stagnant.

That’s not the case at Saybrook University, a graduate-only institution which, according to just-released enrollment numbers, now has the highest number of students in its history – a 36% increase over the number of students it had in 2008, when the Great Recession began, and a 32% increase over Fall 2012 new student headcount.

“These are remarkable results that buck the overwhelming trends in higher education, and they’re no accident,” said Saybrook President Mark Schulman. “They are the result of years of effort, both to perfect existing recruitment techniques and to develop entirely new approaches. We are getting better results than other graduate institutions because we were ahead of the curve in experimentation, testing, and development of new admissions processes.”
But is what’s good for Saybrook good for American higher education as a whole? Could the secret to its success apply to other, peer institutions?

That depends on their willingness to innovate, combining data with a clear human connection.

Some of the reasons for Saybrook’s success are built into its institutional DNA: the fact, for example, that it offers “hybrid” classes, that combine the flexibility of online learning with periodic in-person conferences, allowing students the chance to meet and interact directly with their professors. It’s a model that appeals to the many potential students who can’t afford to stop working, or to relocate, while getting their degree – but who value the kinds of personal connections to their faculty and fellow students that brick-and-mortar schools offer.

But other elements of its success emerged as part of a several years of data-driven experimentation.

“Saybrook’s significant increase in enrollment is the result of numerous factors, notably a new scholarship program designed to recognize individuals who are the best match for Saybrook,” said Russ Watjen, Saybrook’s Interim Chief Enrollment Officer. “The economy and student’s ability to pay continues to be an important part in the current college choice process.”

The scholarship program, developed over several year’s data-collection with the research firm Enrollment Research Associates, led by Paul Hamborg, looks at a number of different variables to determine a prospective student’s level of interest and how much that level can be influenced by the offer of scholarship money. The Saybrook Admissions department can then use that information to funnel limited scholarship dollars to the students whose decisions are most likely to be effectively impacted by them.

“For years, undergraduate institutions have been using scholarships and financial aid to attract students that are the best fit for their programs, but graduate-level institutions have resisted this approach,” said Hamborg. “Our success this year shows that this approach can be highly effective in increasing enrollment, while making graduate school more affordable for many students.”

But while the more effective targeting of scholarships through data is a key part of Saybrook’s success, it’s not the only part. The human touch is equally as important – and far more likely to disappear in a time of scarce resources and computerized efficiencies. But that, said Watjen, is a mistake.

“Faculty and staff have played the most critical roles in providing students with high quality programs, exceptional service and ongoing personal attention,” he said. “All this has resulted in the University being able to go against the national tide of declining enrollment, and achieve this dramatic increase in enrollment.”

There’s no substitute for a human connection: where to apply it in a time of scarce resources, however, is a question that data can help answer, as Saybrook’s success demonstrates.

For more information, contact:
Benjamin Wachs
bwachs(at)saybrook.edu
415-394-1216

About Saybrook University
Saybrook University is a regionally-accredited, nonprofit graduate institution grounded in a 40+ year history of humanistic scholarship that has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook offers you a broad range of master’s and doctoral online and residential program choices in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Transformation, Mind-Body Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Experiential learning and professional training are integral components of the transformative education offered through Saybrook’s programs.

Saybrook to Offer Certificate in Healing Complex Trauma

Course will help mental health practitioners respond to complex trauma

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2013

The suffering related to traumatic stress has reached epidemic proportions.

Perhaps that’s not surprising given the levels of international disaster, displacement, war, and terrorism we live with. A recent magazine article posited that we live in “The Age of Trauma,” noting that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rates are rising precipitously. Suicide rates are spiking as well.

Mental health practitioners need to keep up with the new levels, and new kinds, of trauma that we’re seeing all around us. That’s why Saybrook University is now offering a certificate program in Complex Trauma and the Healing Process.

Provided by the School of Clinical Psychology, the Trauma Certificate program provides a whole-person, context sensitive, training to students and professionals from across the globe while addressing the rising demand for specialized skills to deal with the mental health issues that result from complex trauma.

“The effects of traumatic stress are being seen throughout the world, and with tragic outcomes,” said certificate co-chair Daniel Pitchford. “It is crucial then that training brings together cutting edge research and holistic practice, preparing students and professionals to not just respond to the diverse, complex results from traumatic experiencing, but doing so in a way that inspires transformational healing and change to our communities – to the world.”

Saybrook’s curriculum and training is designed to address the gap in education surrounding traumatic stress and effective, innovative healing processes by offering a “first of its kind” program for emerging scholars and practitioners.

The program integrates crucial humanistic understandings of the human condition with providing basic knowledge about the established foundations of trauma, and its intricate, complex, and often tragic impacts upon mind, body, spirit, and culture, with special attention to exploring both conventional and non-conventional healing processes. The curriculum and training also provide learners with a broad and rich understanding of trauma history, theory, research, practice, and cultural implications allowing for a pursuit of a specific area of interest. In addition, students are invited to collaborate with instructors in developing practical opportunities for unique field and research experiences and for scholarly publications, nationally and internationally.

The certificate is a 16-credit program including five 3-credit courses and a final paper. Topics covered include

  • Perspectives and Foundations of Traumatic Stress
  • Trauma: Mind, Body, and Spiritual Dynamics
  • Traumatic Stress within Culture, Context, and the Self
  • Trauma Assessment, Risk, and Ethics in Practice
  • Conventional and Non-conventional Healing Approaches to Trauma

The certificate will be offered beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013. For more information, visit our website.

Saybrook University to Hold Presentation and Dialogue with Noted Entrepreneur Guru, Carol Sanford

‘Reimagining Work to Create The Responsible Society’ author to share thoughts on work, collaboration and society.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 09, 2013

Join Saybrook University on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The HUB Seattle, for a presentation and dialogue with special guest, Carol Sanford. In her presentation, Re-imagining Work to Create The Responsible Society: From ‘Shareholder’ Ownership to ‘Shared-Owner’ Ownership, Ms. Sanford will share her current thinking about the ways we structure work, how we create collaborative cultures, and the impact these decisions have in society.

She will analyze such issues as:

  •         Why even the most progressive, mission-driven companies still replicate hierarchical structures and alienating organizational cultures.
  •         Why, even with access to powerful technologies to enable collaboration, we haven’t yet learned how to truly collaborate.
  •         What are the blind spots that keep us replicating old patterns.
  •         What is required to fully embody in our professional and organizational practices the most current understanding of complex living systems.

Following the presentation, there will be social time to meet and network with Saybrook faculty, students, and alumni over free refreshments. This event is free, but reservations are required. Please visit our website to complete the RSVP form.

About Carol Sanford

Carol Sanford is founder and CEO of The Responsible Entrepreneur Institute, an education and research community for “big promise entrepreneurs” who want to change industry, social systems, cultural paradigms, and governance infrastructure through business. She is the author of the multi-award winning book, The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success (Jossey Bass 2011), and The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Business Archetypes You Must Use to Change Anything (Winter 2013). She has collaborated with some extraordinary entrepreneurs in making long-term changes, which she highlights in her books, blogs, and videos.

About the School of Organizational Leadership & Transformation

The School of Organizational Leadership & Transformation is dedicated to developing leaders and change agents for the 21st century. Its programs are grounded in systems theory and practice, enriched by Saybrook’s long humanistic tradition, and intensely targeted to real-world applications. OLT programs allow working professionals to begin applying what they learn now, instead of waiting until after they graduate. The LIOS residential masters program in Seattle, Leadership & Organization Development, is part of OLT.

About Saybrook

Saybrook University is a regionally-accredited, nonprofit graduate institution grounded in a 40+ year history of humanistic scholarship that has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook offers you a broad range of master’s and doctoral online and residential program choices in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Transformation, Mind-Body Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Experiential learning and professional training are integral components of the transformative education offered through Saybrook’s programs.

Encyclopedia of Creativity Named Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association

The selection reinforces Saybrook University’s leadership in the field of Creativity Studies.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Saybrook University is proud to announce that the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Creativity has been selected as an “Outstanding academic Title” by the American Library Association.
The selection was made by “Choice,” an ALA publication that serves as a resource to those in higher education. Less than 10 percent of the over 7,000 works considered are given this distinction.

Widely seen as the outstanding sourcebook for specialized information about creativity in all its aspects, The Encyclopedia of Creativity, now in its second edition, is edited by Dr. Mark Runco and Dr. Steven Pritzker, both internationally recognized experts in the study of creativity. Dr. Pritzker also serves as the Director of the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University, perhaps the premier program in the field.

Long recognized as an important element in mental health, creativity is increasingly recognized as a key driver in the global economy as well: perhaps no question is more important to businesses in every sector of the economy than “how do we drive innovation?”

The Encyclopedia of Creativity covers areas including factors that enhance creativity, areas that motivate creativity, and creativity in a variety of contexts, from daily life to the board room to the arts. A particular emphasis has been taken to include the contributions of women to the arts and study of creativity; their contributions have often been overlooked in the past.

“This recognition of the Encyclopedia of Creativity reinforces our goal of making creativity an important topic of conversation,” Dr. Pritzker said. “We need to understand how to approach the increasingly complex and challenging problems of the world with exciting new ideas. The goal of both the Encyclopedia of Creativity and our program at Saybrook University is to encourage understanding and practical application of creativity in all aspects of society.

Saybrook University is a regionally-accredited, nonprofit graduate institution grounded in a 40+ year history of humanistic scholarship that has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook offers you a broad range of master’s and doctoral online and residential program choices in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Transformation, Mind-Body Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Experiential learning and professional training are integral components of the transformative education offered through Saybrook’s programs.

Saybrook University to Offer Certificate in Multicultural Psychology

Training will provide a vital skill in a world where people constantly cross cultural boundaries – on business trips and Facebook.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

Everyone in the world now has access to unparalleled communication technology: but do we know how to talk to each other?

Welcome to the new Tower of Babel. Peace and prosperity depends upon businessmen in urban China knowing how to talk to software designers in Russia, and Muslim police officers in Michigan. Texas oil workers need to understand what they’re hearing when a Brazilian trade delegation meets with the American Chamber of Commerce, and monks in Burma need to communicate effectively with the World Health Organization.

The extraordinary diversity of the world is both a strength and a challenge: we have more to offer each other … if we can understand each other. But that’s harder than ever.

Now Saybrook University, the leading center for scholarship in Humanistic Psychology for the last 40 years, is rising to the challenge. Its School of Clinical Psychology has just announced it will be offering Certificate in Multicultural Psychology.

Intended for professional psychologists and laymen alike, this unique certificate will help students navigate the extraordinary diversity of the world and become effective ambassadors between cultures – whether half a world away or across the street.

“We are immersed in our own culture and tend to be unaware of our values and their impact on others until challenged to understand alternative perspectives,” said Dr. Zonya Johnson, Lead Faculty of the certificate program. “Studying multicultural psychology allows us to make a commitment to understanding the wide variation in cultural values, histories, worldviews, and expectations, so that we are not left to interpret the behavior of others exclusively through the prism of our own culture.”

The Certificate is intended for students and professionals who wish to broaden their perspective in order to develop more effective assessment tools, training programs, clinical and community interventions, and government policies.

The Certificate in Multicultural Psychology will be a 16-credit program, open to both Saybrook students and members of the public, that includes five 3-credit courses and one final paper. Topics covered include:

  •         African American cultural history and psychology;
  •         Race, Class and Gender
  •         Disparities in American health care
  •         Disability, Rehabilitation, and Empowerment
  •         Multiculturalism and social justice

Among others.

The certificate will be offered beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013. For more information, visit our website.

Saybrook University Professor Receives CoachArt’s 2013 “Courage and Hope Award”

Dr. Theopia Jackson received the first Bay Area award for her work in connecting Oakland youths to organization offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to chronically ill children and their siblings.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2013

Theopia Jackson, a former Dean of Students and senior faculty member in Saybrook University’s School of Clinical Psychology, has been honored by CoachArt: a non‐profit organization offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to chronically ill children and their siblings.

Jackson is the organization’s 2013 “Courage and Hope Award” Recipient. She received it for her work connecting CoachArt to the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, where she is a licensed clinical psychologist. Thanks to those efforts, CoachArt – previously a Los Angeles based organization – is now serving chronically ill youth in Oakland and beyond.

“Because of her community‐minded spirit, she continued to connect organizations, youth, and volunteers to champion our efforts,” a spokesperson for CoachArt said. “Dr. Jackson recognizes the importance of advocating for children and families and her life work through these organizations is a testament to this calling.”

A long‐time member of Saybrook’s executive faculty in Clinical Psychology, Jackson, PhD, is also a member of the Cultural Accountability Committee of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California; General Assembly Chair and Education and Training Co‐Chair for The Association of Black Psychologists; and on the Board of Directors for BayKids. She is involved in several national and local initiatives intended to establish integrative health care that is culturally attuned and linguistically responsive.

“I am honored to be the first Bay Area recipient for this award as I feel it is a testament to the readiness of our community to embrace CoachArt,” Jackson said. “Many Bay Area children with chronic illness and their families are courageously living their lives in the face of medical trauma, as well as other adverse social determinants of complex trauma. CoachArt affords such multi‐stressed families opportunities to engage around their illness in a more appropriate and healthier child‐centered manner. And the mentors who give of themselves receive much in return. I hope the Saybrook community joins me in furthering the efforts of CoachArt as it embodies our mission.”

Shawn Rubin, Chair of Saybrook’s School of Clinical Psychology, said: “Theopia is an incredibly dynamic professor who inspires her students to achieve the fullness of their potential both as individuals and as professionals and is a beloved, iconic figure in the Saybrook community. We honor Theopia and recognize the tremendous impact she makes to the Bay Area Community and are proud to serve alongside her.”

Saybrook University is a regionally-accredited, nonprofit graduate institution grounded in a 40+ year history of humanistic scholarship that has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook offers you a broad range of master’s and doctoral online and residential program choices in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Transformation, Mind-Body Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Experiential learning and professional training are integral components of the transformative education offered through Saybrook’s programs.

Saybrook University Presents Leadership Workshop in Kirkland, Washington, May 9-10, 2013

Three-day workshop focuses on building effective communication skills for successful personal and professional relationships.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Saybrook University is presenting a three-day workshop in Skills for Adaptive Leadership at our Kirkland, Washington campus, May 8-10, 2013. This workshop is designed to teach advanced leadership skills to strengthen working relationships and increase productivity for professionals employed in the private and public sectors.

The workshop will be taught by Jeff McAuliffe, MA, Co-Chair of Saybrook University’s School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation and utilizes a unique blend of applied behavioral science skills and models with experiential learning methodology.

Training skills emphasized in the workshop include:
•Communicating clearly and openly.
•Managing reactivity to others in moments of intensity.
•Responding quickly and thoughtfully in intense situations.
•Building self-awareness and understanding of one’s own behavior..
•Taking a clear stand on important issues while staying connected to colleagues with different points of view.
•Contributing to the health of organizations and communities.

About the Instructor
Jeff McAuliffe, MA, is Co-Chair of Saybrook University’s School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation and teaches in the LIOS MA Organizational Systems, Leadership and Organization Development program. His coaching and consultant practice is focused on the integration of organization development, performance improvement, and leadership development to enhance organizational outcomes.

The Saybrook University School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation is dedicated to developing leaders and change agents for the 21st century. The school offers master’s and PhD degrees for working professionals that are grounded in systems theory and practice, enriched by Saybrook’s long humanistic focus and tradition, and intensely targeted to real world applications. Visit our website for more information or to RSVP.

Saybrook University Alum Launches a New Kind of Online Game: The Player Wins When They’ve Saved the Real World

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2013

“Reality is broken,” said author Jane McGonigal. “Game designers will fix it.” That process begins today with the development of a new way to play, harnessing the enthusiasm of online gamers to solve real global problems. Project Milky Way: Rise of the Cyberhero League is an award-winning interactive gaming adventure that turns gaming into a way to tackle the world’s most complex challenges. Selected as a winning entry in the World Future Society’s Beta-Launch Tech competition, this timely adventure is raising the bar for gaming as we know it and bringing cutting-edge scientific research into the mainstream.

We’ve all heard about cyber-bullies and cyber-villains, but according to the game’s creator, Dana Klisanin, who graduated from Saybrook with a PhD in psychology in 2003, there are literally millions of people around the world who engage in online activities with the intention of helping others. These acts of collaborative heroism represent a new form of the hero archetype, the cyberhero. Last year, Dr. Klisanin received the Early Career Award for Scientific Achievement in Media Psychology for her pioneering research in this area from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Media Psychology.

The Cyberhero League celebrates this new form of heroism and gives cyberheroes a gathering place. In the game, players set up the conditions for their heroic training, which involves a ground-breaking combination of virtual and real-life elements, sending Cyberheroes on a scout-like adventure that spans three online gaming worlds, global treasure hunts, local events, and apps that allow you to do things like track your everyday heroic actions in order to gain extra strength in the game world and vice versa.

Klisanin said that she used a lot the information she learned at Saybrook in bringing this game to fruition.

“My transdisciplinary approach to global challenges arose from the study of evolutionary systems design with Bela H. Banathy; the conviction that we can transform both personal and societal mythologies arose from working with Stanley Krippner, my research in the area of digital altruism and collective heroism has its roots in the study of creativity with Ruth Richards,” she said. “Saybrook’s humanistic approach promotes the ‘higher reaches of human nature,’ bringing balance to technology and encouraging the evolution of consciousness. I feel greatly indebted to the Saybrook community–administrators, faculty, graduates, and current students–for their continued commitment to humanistic approaches.”

Players can establish a permaculture garden, build an eco-friendly hideout, solve riddles, go on geocaching treasure hunts, and establish relationships with humanitarians and environmentalists across time and culture, all while gaining points for visiting national parks, museums, and World Heritage Sites. During game play, players’ actions will generate real-world donations for partner nonprofits—food, water, shelter, animal habitat, etc.—by earning the badges of these organizations.

Right now game play will mostly be limited to beta-testers, but anyone who wants to put on a cape and save the world through gaming can get a spot by supporting the Cyberhero League’s Indiegogo campaign. When the campaign is finished, they’ll be given their passcodes to adventure.