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Upcoming Events


Earth Day Expert Panel and 2040 Watch Party
Monday, April 22
6 - 10  pm
Ruby Beach Brewing
Downtown Jacksonville

Join Evolution University and Global Shapers - Jacksonville for a special Earth Day community screening of the film 2040 where we will spark imagination and action for a cleaner, greener, more inclusive North Florida. Hear from community leaders and experts who are leading the way for sustainability, resilience, and regenerative practices that can help us overcome current environmental challenges and prepare us for a better future. 

Bring blankets, lawn chairs, or sit at a provided table. Vegan food truck on site plus and amazing line up of beers and beverages from our host, Ruby Beach Brewing. 
228 E Forsyth St. Jacksonville, FL
Seats are going quickly!

The EVOLVE Sustainability Sprint for Climate Action
5 Days + Bonus Sessions
December 4-8
10 - 11:30 am EST

Join the next EVOLVE cohort on a five-day virtual innovation sprint for climate action during the United Nations Climate Change Conference / COP28 hosted in Dubai. The sprint will focus on diverse themes for people, planet, and prosperity. 

The sprint will be held virtually for five days from December 4 - 8. We'll meet online at 10 am EST for a one-hour fast-paced workshop followed with a 30-minute coaching session.

Engage in the sprint with a case study (provided), idea, startup, or established organization.



Transitioning to clean energy
Fast tracking the energy transition and slashing emissions before 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5° C (2.7° F) above pre-industrial levels.

Centering nature, people, lives & livelihoods
Put nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action, including helping the most vulnerable communities adapt to the change that’s already occurring.

Delivering on finance
Deliver old promises and set the framework for a new deal on finance. Climate finance must be affordable, available, and accessible to developing countries.

Mobilizing inclusivity
Mobilize the most inclusive COP ever, ensuring that decisions and discussions, and how the solutions are implemented, are truly inclusive and done in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Cultivating Connection
through Journaling
Saturdays | January 6, 13, 20
11am - 12pm EST

Start the new year with habits that will transform your life into one of greater peace and authentic relating.

Purchase Cultivating Connection and enjoy three complimentary group coaching sessions that will take you through the Celebrations, Appreciations & Frustrations eBook and eJournal.
This practice will help you: 
  • increase happiness and gratefulness
  • reduce and transform stress
  • explore your life experiences
  • improve health and wellbeing
  • build better relationships
Great gift idea for friends and co-workers!
This offer is available to everyone who is enrolled in Cultivating Connection

Learn More and Enroll!

Courses & Books

Course: The EVOLVE Sustainability Framework

The EVOLVE Sustainability Framework™ is for changemakers and organizations of all sizes to get started and go farther with environmental and social impact initiatives. Featuring the Compassion-Centered Stakeholder Approach™. Join the next cohort or inquire about private group trainings.

Course: The Power of Authentic Connection 

We are living through a transformational time when humanity is evolving from hierarchical structures of power over to collaborative cultures of empowerment. To meet this moment, we need to unlearn the ways of the past and develop new ways of relating with ourselves and one another. 

Cultivating Connection eBook + eJournal

Access the Celebrations, Appreciations & Frustrations eBook and interactive journal by Evolution University's founder, Joni Roberts. Featuring a simple, yet powerful practice for bringing MORE connection and authenticity to our relationships. 

Course (free):

Compassion is a mindset and a skillset proven to be essential for creating better relationships and a better world. This course shares insights on how to cultivate greater capacity for compassion and empathy for people and the planet while increasing your ability to connect as leaders, collaborators, and changemakers.

Amazon Author Page
Joni Roberts

Landing page for Joni's books and journals available at Amazon US, UK, and worldwide. 

Speaking Events & Book Signings 

Meet Author and Founder of Evolution University Joni Roberts at events in person and online. Joni shares insights from her books and online courses for compassion and empathy while weaving in the themes of social and environmental sustainability, the UN SDGs, and the EVOLVE Sustainability Framework. 

Event Recordings, Articles & Resources

Live Podcast: From Vision to Action: The Joni Roberts Revolution in Sustainability and Compassion

The Contrast Project Live with Tracy Rigdon and Jim Alabiso

Imagine a world where every action, every decision, is guided by and focused on Sustainability and Compassion. This isn’t a far-fetched dream but a tangible reality being sculpted by visionaries like Joni Roberts. Founder of Evolution University, Joni is on a mission to intertwine the threads of joy, prosperity, and sustainability, crafting a tapestry of change that spans the globe. In this post, we delve deep into her philosophy, achievements, and the profound impact of her work. Recorded live on February 28, 2024.

Webinar: 3-Year Anniversary Celebration | Be a Light and Be the Change

World Kindness Day
November 13, 2023
Recording coming soon.

Let's join together and celebrate the third anniversary of Evolution University and the MOREcompassion for People and the Planet course launched on World Kindness Day 2020. This is a complimentary session where we will explore what it means to be a light and be the change as individuals and leaders. In these times when darkness has expanded through conflicts, climate change, and discrimination, cultivating compassion amongst one another is vital to shifting actions towards peace

Presentation: ICSD, Transforming Higher Education with the EVOLVE Sustainability Framework

International Conference on Sustainable Development
September 18, 2023

For universities to rapidly advance the integration of sustainability into higher education, new frameworks are needed to increase the speed of adaptation. The EVOLVE Sustainability Framework and supporting strategy tools offer a process that is highly relatable and actionable, serving university leadership and operations as well as supporting academic curriculum. For many universities, education for social and environmental sustainability exists in certain courses and degree programs, yet to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability needs to be embedded into the university’s purpose, vision, and culture, and across all degree programs.

Virtual Event: Stories for Planet Ocean - Tides are Changing

UN World Oceans Day
Thursday, June 8, 2023

Evolution University and guests Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol and Save the Manatee Club celebrate the UN World Oceans Day 2023 theme Planet Ocean by sparking imagination and action for changing the tides. Tune in to hear the stories of sea turtles shared by Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol, an all-volunteer organization that makes the world a better place for endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida. Then we’ll meet the manatees and discover more about their life journeys from Save the Manatee, a non-profit membership club co-founded by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet.

Presentation: How Education for the SDGs leads to Transformative Learning and University-Wide Innovation

Open Educational Resources Conference, Kean University
April 13, 2023

ViewJoni's presentation where she discusses how the UN SDGs provide a way to build bridges between university programs with shared curricula, learning outcomes, and innovative collaborations. This presentation shows how learning can be transformed and universities can lead with education for sustainability, including options to contribute to and integrate open educational resources.

Workshop: Rethinking Relationships for Sustainability

The aim for this workshop hosted by Unite 2030 and led by Joni Roberts of Evolution University is to help you master the 3 Pillars of Knowledge: 1. Express compassion and empathy, 2. Connect feelings to human needs and drivers of behaviors, 3. Build better relationships by leading, 4. Explore multiple ways to connect with people and the planet. This is what we will be talking about on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 at 10 AM EST!
Slides are available in the Resource Hub.

Podcast: Unlocking Happiness with Amy Dix

How do we make relationships more meaningful? Is there a right or wrong, or is it the integrity of intent and quality of action? Author, Joni Roberts, talks with Positive Psychology Practitioner, Amy Dix, about redefining compassion, making relationships more meaningful, and truly understanding the language of emotion. Click image above to listen to the recording. Also available on Apple, Spotify, and other podcast providers.

Presentation: Bridging the Curriculum Content Gap for the SDGs with OER

Recording available for Joni's presentation at Kean University's Open Educational Resources Conference 2022 where she discusses the SDGs as the world’s blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, and how OER can fill the gap in higher education curriculum. Her session includes: evaluating the current state, imagining a new way, innovating with OER, and implementing the changes.

Interview: When You Give You Grow | Pledge 1% 

Pledge 1%'s Women Who Lead series celebrates female leaders who are paving the way for the next generation. While our featured leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, they are united in their efforts to promote equality for all women in the workplace. We’ve asked them to share a bit about their journey to success, as well as lessons they’ve learned along the way.

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