Adil Basha is the Media and Communications Head of Bhoomi. He is also part of the Yugaantar Resource Hub and spearheads the video and film making efforts at Bhoomi.
Ajay Nityananda is a sustainability architect in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. His vision is simple yet powerful — take life sustainability values and architecture sustainability values, and use them to reinvent how we work.
Akshay Swaroop is an alumni of Bhoomi College.
Alex Blackbourne is the editor of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has fronted several of its in-depth reports, covering subjects including renewable energy, sustainable banking, climate change and sustainable investment.
Alexander Aylett is Assistant Professor at the Centre on Urbanisation, Culture and Society at the National Institute for Scientific Research (UCS-INRS) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is also the founding director of écoHackMTL – a social innovation catalyst focused on Urban Sustainability.
Alison Singer has been a student and a teacher, watches sunrises and sunsets, likes cats but has dogs, and is committed to improving the state of the environment through scientific research and political action.
Amrita Gupta is a journalist based in Bangalore, India. A graduate of the NYU Food Studies program, she currently hosts and produces the Food Radio Project, a podcast focused on food systems in India. Her work has appeared in Nature inFocus, Hindustan Times, Carnegie Council, Roads & Kingdoms, Lucky Peach, Heritage Radio Network, and Food Tank. She tweets @rainb0wt00.
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Arati Kumar-Rao is an independent environmental photographer, writer, and artist documenting the slow violence* of ecological degradation.
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Aseem Shrivastava writes extensively on issues related associated with globalisation. He holds a doctorate in environmental economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught economics for many years in India and the US.
Ashish Kothari is a founder-member of Kalpavriksh, a 30-year-old environmental research and action group. He has been a member of people’s movement against destructive development projects, including the Narmada dams. He co-ordinated the Technical and Policy Core Group to formulate India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
Ashish is also a member of the panel of advisors of Bhoomi College.
Benjamin Joyeux is a lawyer, ecologist, libertarian, and anti-globalisation activist. He was a communications advisor to the French speaking delegation of Green members of the European Parliament; and is the co-author, with Edouard Gaudot, of l’Europe C’est Nous (Les Petits Matins, April 2014).
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Chris Williams is a long time environmental activist and professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University. He is also the author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis and a regular contributor to the International Socialist Review.
Christopher Uhlis a professor of biology at The Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches ecology and environmental science and conducts research in the realms of human ecology and sustainability science.
He is also the author of the books Developing Ecological Consciousness: The End of Separation and Teaching as if Life Matters: The Promise of a New Education Culture.
Derrick Jensen has authored twenty-one books and is often called the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement. In addition to his published books, he writes for Orion, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine.
Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
Francesca Baker is a freelance journalist, event organiser, and minor marketing whizz. She writes about music, literature, life, travel, art, London, and other general musings, and organises events that containat least one of the above. You can find outmore at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk.
After 28 years in advertising as a writer and creative director, Gangadharan Menon quit the profession to take up his first and second love: teaching and travel. He has over 90 published articles that recount the joy of travelling in this amazing country. A member of Bombay Natural History Society, he is an avid wildlife photographer too.
Graham Peebles is an artist, writer and director of The Create Trust, a UK registered NGO he founded in 2006. He has run education projects and teacher training programs in Palestine, India and Ethiopia. He is currently working on a book project about Ethiopia where he spent two years working with local groups in Addis Ababa.
Hartosh Singh Bal
Hartosh Singh Bal is the former political editor of Open magazine and is political editor of Caravan. He is known for his critiques of the Congress party for its handling of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his handling of the 2002 Gujarat riots. Hartosh Singh is co-author of A Certain Ambiguity and has penned Waters Close Over Us, a travelogue on the Narmada river and a sociological, political, artistic, historical and anthropological commentary on the culture of the region.
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Helena Norberg – Hodge is an author and filmmaker as well as a pioneer of the new economy movement. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness and the Director of Local Futures at the International Society for Ecology and Culture. She has received a Right Livelihood Award and a Goi Peace Prize for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, or Little Tibet, later described in the book and film Ancient Futures.
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Pushpa is a facilitator with Bhoomi College. She is passionate about working on the land, saving and distributing seeds, enriching the soil, and making organic fertilisers and biopesticides. She is well versed in healing through home remedies, and enthusiastic about cooking and sharing her recipes with others.
Ishita Bose Sarkar
Ishita anchors sessions for Bhoomi students on art, music and education. She was the Headmistress for Prakriya Green Wisdom School for eight years and was involved with the school since its inception. She has anchored workshops for teachers and parents to co create learning spaces. She is passionate about music and enjoys learning and teaching songs by Kabir and Tagore.
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Jason McLennan serves as the CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, a chapter of both the US Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council. He is the author of the Living Building Challenge and co-creator of Pharos, the most advanced building material rating system in North America. He is a former Principal at BNIM Architects, one of the founders of the green design movement in the United States, where he worked on LEED Platinum, Gold, and zero energy projects.
Jason Kawall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University. His primary research interests lie in virtue and ideal observer theories, and their applications to ethics, epistemology, and environmental ethics. He has published papers on these topics in such journals as American Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, Philosophical Studies, and Ratio.
Jerold Irwin “Jerry” Mander
Jerry is an American activist and author, best known for his 1977 book, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. His most recent book, The Capitalism Papers, is about the momentous and unsolvable environmental and social problem of capitalism.
In 1971 he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications. He is also the program director for Megatechnology and Globalization at the Foundation for Deep Ecology.
Mahi Baid is a student of Bhoomi College.
Manish Jain is the co-founder of Shikshantar Andolan and Swaraj University. He is one of the leading voices of the unschooling/homeschooling/self-designed learning movement in India. He is interested in unlearning, gift culture, community media and jugaad innovation. Visit www.shikshantar.org to know more about his work. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marianne de Nazareth
Marianne de Nazarethis a freelance writer and adjunct faculty, St. Joseph’s College of Media Studies and COMMITS. She is also a media fellow with the UNFCCC, UNEP & the Robert Bosch Stiftung and travels the world covering Climate Change and its effects on biodiversity and the planet.
Martin Spray is an editor and writer for Ecos – A review of conservation. He retired early from the University of Gloucestershire, England, because of Parkinson’s disease. He taught aspects of ecology, landscape architecture, environmental philosophy, and professional ethics, and has contributed to a wide variety of conservation, landscape, gardening and education magazines and journals.
Megan received an MS in Systems Science/Environmental Management from Portland State University. She has a diverse background in natural resource management, wilderness outfitting, and government contracting, and is currently working with Post Carbon Institute to develop an action plan for the renewable energy transition. She received a BS in Foreign Area Studies from the US Air Force Academy.
Mickey Z. is a vegan and the author of the novel Darker Shade of Green. He is also a regular contributor to Planet Green, ZNet, CounterPunch, OpEdNews, Countercurrents.org, Animal Liberation Front, and other websites. With only a high school diploma, he has authored 12 books and has spoken and lectured in venues ranging from MIT to ABC No Rio, from Yale University to Occupy Free University.
Nisha Nair is Founder & Executive Director of ArtSparks Foundation. Her career spans over 15 years in the education sector both in the US and India, and 8 years in the field of marketing communications design in the US. Her work in education explores the role of the visual arts in developing the whole child, building more inclusive learning environments that promote the development of 21st century learning and life skills, and developing the capacity of teachers. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and an M.A. in Art Education and International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Pablo Solón, a Bolivian social and environmental activist, is the director of Fundación Solón and former executive director of Focus on the Global South. He joined the struggle against water privatization in Cochabamba (2000) and La Paz (2005), and coordinated the Bolivian movement against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (2001–2005). He served as the Bolivian Extraordinary Ambassador for Integration and Trade (2006–2008) and Ambassador to the United Nations (2009–2011) before parting ways with President Evo Morales following police repression of an indigenous peoples march. His father was the well-known muralist Walter Solón Romero Gonzáles.
Peter Owen Jones is an Anglican priest who has presented various BBC series, including Around the World in 80 Faiths, How to Live a Simple Life, and Extreme Pilgrim.
Philip Carr-Gomm met his first spiritual teacher, Ross Nichols, the founder of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD), when he was 11, and joined the Order when he was 18. Carr-Gomm founded The Esoteric Society in London in his twenties. In his thirties, Carr-Gomm discovered psychosynthesis, training as a therapist at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London. In 1988, he was asked to lead OBOD. Since then, OBOD has become the world’s largest Druid teaching order.
Rahul Karanpuriya is an MBA walkout and former ‘Khoji’ of the Swaraj University in Udaipur. Rahul lives his life through constant awareness about his actions and their impact on the society and environment. He is also one of the founders of Travellers University.
Rema Kumar is an educationist with over 20 years experience of teaching in schools in India. She has been involved with Prakriya Green Wisdom School since it’s initial years; Co-creating the institution, partnering in the visioning and living out the dream of humanising education in tune with nature’s principle. A passionate teacher, she has a keen interest in deep ecology and education for sustainability. A story teller who thrives on stories of ‘Hope’ and generously shares them with others. She is also the Director, Bhoomi College.
Richa Gupta is a traveler and travel writer. She keep an interest in living cultures around the world and has special focus on responsible traveling. She has been published in various magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic Traveller, New Indian Express and Platform. She blogs at www.travelsandstories.com
Rowan Salim used to work in development and education, and is now more interested in their margins. Following an internship at Shikshantar in 2016 she now hosts conversations about alternatives to schooling and is having fun experimenting with ecologically sound and community based learning spaces through the Inside-Out School. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Sabita Kaushal holds a Masters in Ecology & Environment. She has also undergone courses in disaster management from the National Institute of Disaster Management. She has worked on projects dealing primarily with water and solid waste management. Sabita works with India Water Portal as a consultant.
Sai Manoj has worked as a teacher in the last 3 yrs though different fellowship programs. He is passionate to setup a learning space for children in a rural area. He His other interests are theatre, cooking, reading books and travelling. He is currently pursuing the Post Graduate Diploma in Holistic Education from Bhoomi College.
Sashikala has researched the classical Indian science of Architecture – Vaastu, for over thirty years. She has studied the Vaastu texts extensively, assimilating traditional wisdom and exploring its field application. From 1982 to 1992, she was a student of Sri V. Ganapathi Sthapati, a leading authority on the Vaastu Shastras.
Satish Kumar has been the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures around the world. He is the editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and the co-founder of the Schumacher College, UK. He is also a member of the Panel of Advisors of Bhoomi College.
Seetha Anathasivan has a deep interest in understanding how we can build communities which are coherent with Nature’s principles. She is passionate about the development of eco-psychology as well as organic food and farming. She is the Founder Trustee of the Bhoomi College, Prakriya Green Wisdom School. She is the editor the Eternal Bhoomi Magazine.
Shashank Kalra is a graduate from Hindu College, has worked with Youth Alliance since the initial years in various roles, nurturing himself into a skilled facilitator who leads the conversations by curiosity. He currently leads the organisation looking fund-raising, strategy and team development. Drawn by mountains and nature, he is passionate to understand ecology and economics and is in the journey to explore community living, sustainable economics and moral leadership and brings in a high commitment to living the values that Youth Alliance represents. His curious questions comes as good company as they make you churn and laugh at the same time. He is also an Acumen Fellow.
Sheeba Sen is the founder and managing head (leader) of Alaap. An environmental organisation based out of the Himalayas’
Shiv Visvanathan is a Social Science Nomad. His work has explored the question of alternatives as a dialogue between the West and India. His writings have explored the psychological, cultural and political relations of science; the growing control of society by technology; and linkages between scientific establishment and authoritarian structures of state.
Shyamala Madhavan is a Nature enthusiast-explorer. She finds solace in gardening, birding, conservation activities and spreading eco-literacy. She blogs at www.passionthatsgreen.com.
Sonam Wangchuk is an education activist who along with his brother and five peers, formed the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) in 1988. He has been coaching school students and offering vocational training courses to dropouts ever since.
Soren Andersson Born in the south of Sweden, helearnt early the power of Nature, the climate and living off the land. From 2007, Andersson has specialised in the Energy arena in his homeland and his work has increasingly convinced him of the futility of a goal-obsessed, gadget-centred, consumerist lifestyle. He now writes to promote sustainability and ameliorate climate change. He is a member of the Sweden Green Building Council.
Sridhar Radhakrishnan is with Thanal, an NGO based in Trivandrum. An Engineer by profession he has taught in various institutions for 8 years. He has worked on issues related to industrialisation, industrial pollution, waste, pesticides and its impacts and presently Deputy National Coordinatior of the Save our Rice Campaign. He is also Convener of a movement in India called the Coalition for GM-Free India, which is striving towards keeping India free of GM crops and food, as well as advocating sustainable agriculture.
Stephan Harding is the Resident Ecologist at Schumacher College, where he is also the coordinator of MSc in Holistic Science. Stephan is the author of ‘Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia’, published by Green Books.
Professor Sue L.T. McGregor
Professor Sue L.T. McGregor, PhD, is a Canadian home economist with a keen interest in transdisciplinarity, integral studies, moral leadership and transformative practice. Having worked in higher education for 30 years, she is recently retired from the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was one of the lead architects for the university’s recently launched interuniversity doctoral program in educational studies. She is a TheAtlas Fellow (transdisciplinarity), was recently appointed Docent in Home Economics at the University of Helsinki. In 2009, she was awarded the TOPACE International Award (Berlin) for distinguished consumer scholar and educator in recognition of her work on transdisciplinarity. She has published four books: Creating Home Economics Futures (2012, co-edited with Donna Pendergast and Kaija Turkki), Transversity (2011, with Russ Volckmann), Consumer Moral Leadership (2010), and Transformative Practice (2006).
Dr. Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar
Dr. Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar is a ‘Lead in Practice’ at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. She also lectures at IIHS & Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment. She has a keen interest in rural-urban dynamics and dispossession and distress associated with migrant labor.
T. Vijayendra lives on an organic farm in the western ghats or in the city of Hyderabad. He has been deeply involved with various people’s movements and in causes for social justice and has written articles on a variety of subjects of topical interest in Hindi, Bengali and English.He has also written booklets on occupational health issues of textile and coal workers and on how to run hobby bookshops (in Hindi and Telugu). He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tautik has swum with the hammerhead sharks in Galapagos, taken a boat ride along the Amazons from Colombia to Brazil, slept with the homeless in Argentina, driven a motorcycle across Bhutan, feasted with strangers in Iran, camped alongside a glacier in Chile, and lived with the tribal of Central India. He is passionate to inspire people to travel long-term.
Vandana Shiva is the author of Soil Not Oil. She teaches regularly at Schumacher College in the UK and The School of Seed in India.
Venus Upadhayaya is passionate about democracy and politics in south Asia but reports on a wide range of topics. She has traveled to remote regions of India as a development worker and community media facilitator and is a strong believer in participatory approaches to grassroots governance and development.
Vinay Lal was born in Delhi and now teaches at UCLA a broad range of courses in Indian history, comparative colonial histories, and subaltern history and Indian historiography. Vinay is a member of the editorial board of nearly ten journals, including Journal of Social History, Culture, Theory and Critique. He has written regularly for periodicals in the US, India, and Britain, including the Economic and Political Weekly, The Little Magazine and Social Scientist.
Vinod Sreedhar sees himself primarily as a communicator/ facilitator. With close to 20 years of experience in making sustainable living accessible to people, he sees the power and possibilities inherent in storytelling. He founded Journeys With Meaning in 2007 as a way to bring inspiring stories of hope, resilience, innovation, and change to urban Indians who are often disconnected from nature and the life lessons it can teach. Over the last two decades, Vinod has worked extensively in the social sector, focusing especially on deepening ecological sustainability, whole systems thinking, democracy, and active citizenship. When he’s not working on sustainable living, Vinod immerses himself in other interests like writing, film-making, music composing, photography, and woodworking.