Compression Institute

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Compression is the art and science

of improving quality of life while greatly reducing resource use…

 Doing BETTER with less.


Assure survival and well-being, using self-learning systems.


The Compression Institute creates and supports vigorous self-learning systems in organizations and communities to enable enduring performance and resilient outcomes while consuming dramatically fewer resources.

Guiding Principles

Obviously, the world is finite. So is everything in it. Recognizing this turns a new page in thinking, Compression Thinking. The Compression Institute’s Guiding Principles may launch your voyage of discovery to help individuals and organizations use much less to improve quality of life for all. Practice them and you will begin to devise your own list of principles and think of additional ones. Our planet is limited. Our ingenuity isn’t.

  • See the Whole: Improve quality of life by making yourself and human systems symbiotic with nature’s systems. Think inside out, how our operations serve bigger systems, natural and man-made, rather than outside in, seeking to obtain more to serve us.
  • Quality Over Quantity, Always:Derive the greatest quality of life you can from any resources you use. Don’t use just to be using, or sell just to become bigger. As a business, avoid commodity traps, racing to sell more and more on thinner and thinner margins.
  • Seek the Truth:Seek facts and abide by them. Encourage transparency. Measure your physical impacts on natural systems and assess the quality of life of all stakeholders.
  • First Do No Harm: Leave everything better than you found it. First avoid harming individuals and ecosystems; then try to improve our well-being. Learn do this adeptly so that you stay ahead of governments regulating inept laggards.
  • Learn Vigorously: Learning for idle curiosity is good. Learning how to take more effective action is crucial, both on our own and as working organizations. Organize work and communications for economy of learning, not economy of scale.
  • Work as a Team: Involve everyone. Seek shared meaning. Jell so well that teams perform like improvisers of jazz when everything is changing rapidly.
  • Simplify: Eliminate any activity of no value to any stakeholders. Seek simple solutions, complicating only when we must.
Pamela Campbell

Pam Campbell joined ISI in the summer of 2013, and became ISI Project Director in January 2014. Pam’s previous career was in healthcare administration. Her life-long interest in sustainability and environmental issues led her to ISI. Pam shares her UC Berkeley Alma Mater with Dr. Cole, and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, University of San Francisco.