Welcome to Anthrocubeology

10FebSFR_From deb - head shot copyxLet’s co-create meaningful interactions through tiny changes in the workspace.

I think that’s one of the things that happens when you are thinking about a given idea a lot; you start seeing resonances to that idea everywhere, in the things that you read, the things that you see.
Ted Chiang
(Avi Solomon interview of Ted Chiang on Writing)

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About Shirley Rivera

Shirley is a Consultant, Anthrocubeologist, Coach, Behavior Designer, and Speaker.

Learn about Shirley’s Anthrocubeology pursuits at Meet Shirley. As a start, learn what she describes as The Framework and The Way of Anthrocubeology. Or go straight to her Blog where she occasionally shares her observations, perspectives, and musings.

Applying what resonates with her, Shirley is interconnecting various roles –

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Behavior Designer / Anthrocubeologist
  • Tiny Habits® Certified Coach
  • Improviser
  • Servant Leader

Learn more about her career history at her LinkedIn profile. Follow here @anthrocubeology.

Environmental Consulting

Shirley provides environmental consulting through Resource Catalysts (R|CAT). Learn more about Resource Catalysts. Having started her environmental career in 1987, Shirley has more than 25 years experience in the air quality, power generation, and environmental communications field. In 1994, she started R|CAT, her environmental consulting business. Since then, she briefly served with AESC, Inc. and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9 San Francisco office. Shirley recently left EPA in April 2014 after nearly 7 years and re-engaged R|CAT later in 2014. As part of R|CAT, Shirley is incorporating Behavior Design and Tiny Habits® for shaping environmental, health and safety, and compliance practices in workspaces.

Learn more about Resource Catalysts. Follow here @R_Catalysts.


Shirley is among the pioneers of behavior design. Think Behavior Design and Workplace Habits. Now smile and add Improvisation. Shirley focuses on creating habits, cultural shifts, and meaningful interactions in conventional workspaces. She calls this Anthrocubeology. She is a graduate of BJ Fogg’s Behavior Design Boot Camp (June 2012) and a Tiny Habits® Certified Coach (December 2013). She is a specialty coach for An Improv Mindset in the WorkspaceSince becoming a Coach, she has served people practicing a servant-leadership philosophy, pursuing career transitions and/or business opportunities, refining professional development skills, self-mentoring for professional development, and practicing healthier environmental health and safety habits.

Behavior Design

Shirley learned of behavior design in 2011 and quickly sought opportunities to understand, apply, share, and practice behavior design principles. Highlights of her past pursuits follow below.

  • In June 2013 at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, she co-created and co-presented a session titled Who’s a Servant-Leader Anyway?which incorporated improv and behavior design for learning and practicing servant-leader philosophies.
  • In May 2014, she led an improv-dance activity for more than 60 participants at the Design for Dance 2nd Annual Conference hosted by the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab.
  • In November 2014, she presented her On Considering Improv 101, an interactive session highlighting improv skills that can be applied in daily workspace interactions.
  • In April 2015, she participated in the first (of hopefully many other) Behavior Design-themed recordings, intended to evolve into a podcast.

She is collaborating with a colleague to develop behavior-based environmental, health and safety compliance practices in workspaces.

Improviser and Applied Improv

Shirley is a performing improviser in the San Francisco Bay Area with the indie improv troupes The Letters and Guam, and with the Endgames Improv Harold House Team Calhoun. She is an alum of Camp Improv Utopia West (2013, 2014) and iO Chicago’s Five Week Summer Intensive (2015). As a committed improviser, she continues to train and learn through workshops and classes. She applies improv in a non-performance context – individual coaching, speaking, workshops – for those seeking professional development support and workspace cultural shifts.


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