Steffi Bednarek is an internationally recognised thought leader and consultant on climate psychology and systems thinking, working on the intersection between the human psyche and systems change. Her book ‘Climate, Psychology and Change” will be published in 2024 and has been called ‘a work of wisdom and radical ideas’ by Satish Kumar, ‘an important contribution to the climate debate’ by systems thinker Fritjof Capra and has been endorsed by Bill McKibben, Otto Scharmer and many others.
Steffi provides teams with practical and evidence-based tools that increase resilience, regenerative thinking and psychological maturity. The psychological mindset with which we meet the inter-connected challenges of our time plays a central part in our ability to adapt and respond to a changing environment. In a time in which the familiar ways to solve problems often become part of the problem, Steffi’s work supports leaders and teams: to face uncomfortable truths, to take care of climate related distress, to bridge the polarisations that often manifest in times of uncertainty and to create frameworks of care that minimise the negative impact that unconscious responses and non-responses can have on decision making capacities.
Steffi works with government, corporates, financial services, higher education and NGOs to provide incubation spaces for ripened leadership and regenerative thinking. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the BBC, Ed Miliband’s “Reasons to be cheerful’ Podcast, Resurgence Magazine & the Ecologist and numerous international journals.
25 years of experience in depth psychology, complexity thinking, and climate psychology inform her work as well as many years in leadership positions. Steffi is an Associate of the Climate Psychology Alliance, ‘Firekeeper’ at the World Ethics Forum and Associate of the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Group. She is also Co-founder of the Journal ‘Explorations into Climate Psychology’ and has authored many articles and several book chapters in addition to her own book, which will be published in June 2024.
“Trying to create systems change to avert climate disaster is sometimes a very stressful thing to do. We are constantly exposed to the unimaginable consequences of climate inaction. I recently had the privilege to be in a workshop on climate psychology run by Steffi . Very rarely have I experienced such skilful insight, facilitation and the holding of space to enable deep thought and reflection. Steffi’s professionalism and experience is now enabling me to think different thoughts and to reconsider some approaches to both my work and my personal life. I very highly recommend her to you. I very much hope to work with her again in the future”.
Simon Brammer, Head of Cities, Ashden
“Steffi was a force field for creative change. She attuned beautifully to the participants, was careful to honour their vulnerable defences and yet found ways to open the doors to radical departures. She understands the terrifying nature of our current emergency, is potently challenging to complicity while still being empathic, warm hearted and cooly clear”.
Chris Robertson, Climate Psychology Alliance
"Steffi was a joy to work with and proactively suggested ideas for the event. Steffi's deep knowledge, and nuanced presentation was instrumental in the event being a huge success, leading to an increase of 43% in our sustainability ambassador membership. Much of the post event feedback specifically mentioned how the ideas that Steffi shared were the key takeaways for the audience".
Christian Hull, BNY Mellon
"Steffi Bednarek’s methods to understand and cope with climate anxiety are highly insightful and effective. It was a great pleasure to work with her”.
Jennifer Revell, Estee lauder Companies
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