Through the Cincinnati Earth Institute program, Imago provides a series of discussion courses developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. These engaging courses facilitate examining personal values and habits, engaging in stimulating conversation, creating meaningful community, and considering ways to take action towards creating a more sustainable future.
Discussion courses consist of an average of 8 to 12 people who meet weekly or bi-weekly for 60-90 minutes to discuss readings from the course book in a home, at a workplace, a center of faith or, any place where people naturally gather. The study guide contain a diverse collection of short essays, articles, and book excerpts organized around weekly themes to create lively discussion. Discussion questions and a suggested meeting format are included in each study guide. There is no outside presenter or teacher of these discussion courses. Rather, anyone can organize a group in their community with the role of facilitator rotating with each meeting.
The discussion course format encourages:
These programs emphasize individual responsibility, the importance of a supportive community, and the dual need to walk lightly on and to take action on behalf of the Earth.
If you are interested in arranging a course or ordering discussion guide, please call Imago at (513) 921-5124 or email
Listed below are the Discussion Courses available:
Choices for Sustainable Living is a seven-session course for the workplace, faith center, or home exploring the meaning of sustainable living and the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the earth.
Discovering a Sense of Place is a seven-session course for the workplace, faith center, or home focusing on knowing and protecting our place.
Exploring Deep Ecology is an eight-session course for the workplace, faith center, or home addressing core values and how they affect the way we view and treat the Earth.
Global Warming - Changing CO2urse is four-session course exploring the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and personal actions to curb the effects of global warming.
Healthy Children - Healthy Planet is a seven-session course for the workplace, faith center, or home addressing how the pervasive effects of advertising, media, and our consumer culture can influence a child's view of the world.
Menu for the Future is a six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability.
Sustainable Systems at Work is a five-session course for the workplace, designed to further organizational sustainability initiatives.
Voluntary Simplicity is a five-session course for the workplace, community or faith center, or home. This course addresses the distractions of modern society that keep us from caring for ourselves, our relationships, and our environment.