About the Compression Institute

The Compression Institute was founded in 2011 to extend many of the ideas that Robert “Doc” Hall summarized in the book, Compression (2009). Compression refers to the squeeze we are in because the planet lacks the physical resources to keep going with advanced economic development as it is still done today. In addition, human activity is degrading nature in many, many ways.

Regeneration refers to letting nature regenerate itself. Create human systems of living that can co-exist with it in perpetuity — become symbiotic with it. This is no small challenge, either intellectually or emotionally. Our direction has to be toward Regeneration.

The primary vehicle for meeting these challenges, we believe, is by developing Vigorous Learning Organizations, and the Compression Institute will help define, clarify, disseminate, and implement the principles for creating them.

Learning includes a huge shift in thinking, both for individuals and for businesses. An intellectual direction for it is Compression Thinking. The emotional shift needed is sensing that we must become symbiotic with nature’s processes. This is sometimes called Deep Ecology.

How can you get started with us? There is no one single solution, no “magic bullet.” Volunteer to form a local Learning Circle, and begin with serious dialog about what you can do, where you are. Sign up here, and we can get started.