Stefan Brunnhuber How Can Psychology Help Mankind to Overcome its Greatest Challenges?

Stefan Brunnhuber is Medical Director of the Diakonie Kliniken Zschadrass (Colditz/Saxony, Germany) and is Chief Medical Officer of its Hospital for Integral Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and Psychotherapy. An endowed Professor for Psychology and Sustainability, Brunnhuber holds an additional Ph.D. in Socioeconomics (under Sir Ralf Dahrendorf) and has two decades of experience in the fields of psychology and finance. He is a Member of the Club of Rome, Trustee of the World Academy of Art and Science and Senator of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Specialist research interests include the Psychology of the Anthropocene, Finance and Sustainability and Integral Mental Health. Co-author of one of the most successful psychiatry textbooks in Germany in the last 20 years, Brunnhuber’s latest books are "The Art of Transformation" (2016), "The TAO of Finance" (2018), and "The Open Society in the 21st Century" (in press).

Area of Research

Psychology of Sustainability, Financing SDG’s, Psychology of the Anthropocene

since 2016

Endowed Professor for Psychology and Sustainability

Hochschule Mittweida - University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Mittweida (FH))

since 2010

Medical Director

Diakonie Kliniken Zschadraß

since 2010

Chief Medical Officer Department of Integral Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy

Diakonie Kliniken Zschadraß


PhD in Medicine

University of Würzburg (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)


Specialization in Psychosomatics

University of Würzburg (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)


PhD in Socio-Economics

University of Konstanz (Universität Konstanz)


Specialization in Psychiatry

Saarland University Medical Center (Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes)


Medical Doctor

University of Ulm (Universität Ulm)

- Member, Club of Rome (2018)

- Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science (since 2018)

- Senator (elected), European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) (since 2015)

- Director, German Medical Association (since 2010)

- Vice Chair, European Institute for Health (2003-2010)

With unprecedented acceleration in the geophysical impact of human activities and the identification of “tipping points” from which our planet will not be able to recover, mankind faces an increasingly imminent existential threat. In this video, STEFAN BRUNNHUBER describes how insights from psychology could help human beings to overcome these challenges. Brunnhuber demonstrates that existing proposed solutions, alternatively centered on demography, technology, governance, and growth, can only be successful if they are supported by a concomitant evolution in mankind’s way of thinking. Brunnhuber shows how fundamental behavioral shifts can be underpinned by institutional support systems to encourage a mindset focused on universal standards and reciprocal tolerance that could enable humanity to draw back from the brink.

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The Art of Transformation: How We Can Learn to Change the World

  • Stefan Brunnhuber
  • Published in 2018
Stefan Brunnhuber. The Art of Transformation: How We Can Learn to Change the World. Dresden: Trediton, CCOMP, 2018.

Psychologie im Anthropozän. Warum wir über Grenzen nachdenken müssen

  • Stefan Brunnhuber
  • CSR und Digitalisierung
  • Published in 2017
Stefan Brunnhuber. "Psychologie im Anthropozän. Warum wir über Grenzen nachdenken müssen." In CSR und Digitalisierung Springer, 2017: 1121–1134. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-53202-7_78.

Die Psychologie der Transformation

  • Stefan Brunnhuber
  • Supervision
  • Published in 2016
Stefan Brunnhuber. "Die Psychologie der Transformation." Supervision (2016): 12-17.