The way we are doing business

is working against us.

For the past 50 years, economies have been built on driving consumerism without enough thought given to how products are made and who and what gets hurt in the process. The single-minded drive for profits has led us to where we are today-- facing global crises related to pollution and degradation of our air, land, water, forests, ecosystems, and societies. 

We believe today's problems are an opportunity to do things better. Evolution University is a social enterprise that offers training and consulting services for changemakers inspired to create products and services with net positive benefits to society and our planet.

To successfully achieve sustainability, we need to reimagine the way we interact with one another and nature both locally and globally. In doing so, we can create ways of being that are much better for humanity and the planet than what we are experiencing now. The next decade is pivotal for evaluating, imagining, innovating, and implementing the changes.

"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein

It's Time to Think Differently

We Asked...

What if we flipped the script? 

Instead of placing profits at the center of decision making, what if we put compassion at the center and considered the systemic impact of everything we do across all stakeholders and simply asked: does this action create a better world?

Instead of making profits the main indicator of success, what if we make sustainability the strategic driver of success and find optimal solutions across people, the planet, and prosperity?

The outcome is the Compassion-Centered Stakeholder Engagement process where we cultivate empathy and openly listening to connect with the conditions and experiences of stakeholders and compassion to take meaningful action to improve them. The purpose of a business becomes solving problems in creative and mutually beneficial ways and contributing to a holistic view of prosperity.
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Cultivating a compassion mindset involves developing the top leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence skills for today and the future.
Top Skills for Today and the Future
  • Communication & authentic connection
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy & openly listening
  • Awareness of self & others
  • Understanding intrinsic motivators
  • Hearing the voice of nature
  • Ethics and moral responsibility
  • Compassionate action
  • Leadership & social influence
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Analytical & creative thinking
  • Resilience, flexibility, & agility
  • Curiosity & lifelong learning

We Asked...

What if we create a new way to spark imagination and action for a more sustainable world?

And make it empowering, impactful, comprehensive, and a continuous improvement journey?
One that shows us how to become purpose-driven changemakers that identify, evaluate, and solve problems for people and the planet?

One that centers on empathizing with stakeholders and engaging in a process of discovery, imagination, and innovation?

One where we can make meaningful change by aligning to global goals and standards like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting?

Then takes it all the way to crafting strategic action plans to implement and achieve success?
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The EVOLVE Sustainability Framework and Learning Journeys offer a comprehensive approach to empower people and workplaces to support the transformation to sustainability. Participants develop the five essential mindsets identified by Evolution University's founder, Joni Roberts, and the five cognitive competencies, representing a global skilling crisis in workplaces today.
5 Essential Mindsets
  • Global Mindset
  • Compassion Mindset
  • Abundance Mindset
  • Growth Mindset
  • Changemaker Mindset
5 Cognitive Competencies
  • Systems Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • Circular Thinking
  • Futures Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking

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"We are in the process of developing an evolving design of commerce where people and the planet thrive in the process of creating products and services. This requires different skillsets and ways of thinking and being than any other time in the history of humankind. We need to harvest the best of everything we know, undo the worst practices affecting people and the planet, and create a future that is brighter for everyone."
- Joni Roberts, Founder of Evolution University

What people are saying  

"Compassion is at the core for regenerative systems and social innovation. The Evolve Sustainability Framework helps me integrate compassion-based frameworks with systems thinking and design thinking approaches. I loved Joni's practical approach of having a project to understand stakeholder engagement, designing for future and resources such a biomimicry. I would recommend this course for individuals as well as professionals working in the same team/company to experience this course by Joni Roberts."
Jahnavi Mange, Sustainability & Regenerative Design Strategist, California 
"The series of workshops titled "Celebrations & Communications" was part of our institutional professional learning, with a focus on self-awareness to increase cohesion and build productive work relationships among staff. The series was beautifully curated and served to open dialog across the organization that has helped us improve both socially and in terms of our work product."
David Shulman, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Director for the Saylor Academy
"The MOREcompassion course is a brilliant, one-of-a-kind course! Thank you to the course coordinators and Evolution University for the knowledge you have imparted and motivation to be more compassionate. The course was well-structured and I loved the entertaining videos and book recommendations. I will be recommending this course with as many individuals I can!"
Banana Maharaja, Chemical Engineer, South Africa
"I love how Evolution University has set the foundation for its coursework with a BOLD INTENSION to develop organizational leaders in the skills of compassion, empathy, and mindfulness."
Chris Byers, Director of Finance and Investments at PS27 Ventures
"I had the pleasure of participating in the EVOLVE Sustainability Journey pilot program, and it was truly a transformative experience. The program provided a comprehensive and engaging approach to understanding and contributing to sustainability. From the very beginning, I was impressed by the well-structured curriculum, thoughtful discussions, and support from the facilitators. The EVOLVE Sustainability Journey wasn't just about theory; it was designed to empower participants to take action. The practical tools, resources, and action plans provided helped me translate newfound knowledge into tangible initiatives. It's truly a program that equips you with the skills and mindset needed to make a positive impact in your personal life, community, and beyond."
Joel Amani Mafigi, Co-Founder, Director at Unleashed (Potentials in Motion), Isingiro, Western Region, Uganda

Become a Sustainability Leader


Ready yourself to lead and help solve today's social and environmental sustainability challenges. Next level your skill sets and make meaningful change.


Get started and go further with sustainability initiatives. Build better brands, cultivate positive stakeholder experiences, and create value across the organization.

Higher Education

Transform higher education by integrating our problem solving and interdisciplinary frameworks and learning content aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Unique Approach

Developing the Mindsets and Skillsets for Sustainability

5 Essential Mindsets to EVOLVE our World

Our learning content is grounded in the 5 Essential Mindsets™ representing the core attitudes, beliefs, and skills that help us imagine and take action to #EvolveOurWorld: global, compassion, abundance, growth, and changemaker. The mindsets are developed within ourselves then manifested through actions in the outer environments. Cultivate the mindsets in our courses while developing the top job skills for today and the future. 
The EVOLVE Sustainability Framework™ takes the mystery out of how to get started and go further with sustainability initiatives. The beauty of the framework is that it works for organizations of all sizes and sectors and inspires imagination and action across all departments. This holistic approach enables sustainability to be embedded as the strategic driver of success, transforming organizations to be the highest versions of themselves.
Connect with stakeholders to discover ways to improve conditions and experiences with our Compassion-Centered Stakeholder Engagement™process. When you put compassion at the center of decision making, it naturally leads to optimal outcomes for people, planet, and prosperity. Dive deeper by asking the right questions such as: Does this action create a better world? What would GREAT look like? 

Global Community of Changemakers

Evolution U was born global attracting changemakers from over 50 countries across five continents, giving us the opportunity to connect and cross-pollinate ideas and knowledge in new and exciting ways. Our growing community is set up to bring together individuals, teams, organizations, and universities in ways that have never happened before!

Courses and eBooks

Our courses and eBooks take you on a learning journey where you will discover how to be an inspiring leader, collaborator, innovator, and purpose-driven changemaker.

Partner for the United Nations Global Goals

Evolution University is thrilled to be selected as a Global Goals Week Partner! GGW is an annual week of action, awareness, and accountability for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that takes place the third week of September in NYC and around the world.

Global Goals Week is a shared commitment between 150+ partners across civil society, business, academia, and the UN system to accelerate action on the SDGs during the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It is also an opportunity to speak out as one voice and share ideas and transformative solutions to #Act4SDGs and unite to #EvolveOurWorld.

We are counting on you to join us by coming together to cultivate ideas, identify solutions, and take action to solve a wide range of complex global problems from inequality to climate change. Become a member of Evolution University to access resources and stay on top of the latest updates and events we are leading for Global Goals Week and throughout the year.
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