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Abhishek Thakore is the founder of Blue Ribbon Movement. He has been conferred the Bhoomi Senior fellowship award in the year 2018.
Adam is a co-founder and longtime leader of The Freechild Project. He has spoke at conferences, written publications, taught people, and consulted organizations about his work related to Freechild.
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.
Amadou Hampate Ba
Amadou Hampate Ba was a Malian writer and ethnologist.
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.
Anna Konig teaches Cultural and Historical Studies at the University of the Arts, London.
Arati Kumar – Rao
Arati Kumar-Rao is an independent environmental photographer, writer, and artist documenting the slow violence* of ecological degradation.
Arthur De Grave
Arthur De Grave is the core connector and editor of the Ouishare magazine and is based out of Paris,France.
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.
Audrey Schulman, born a long time ago, in another country, has travelled widely across four continents. Schulman has published The Cage, Swimming with Jonah, A House Named Brazil and, most recently, Three Weeks in December.
Her books have been translated into 11 languages, reviewed by the New Yorker and twice been selected as notable books by the American Library Association. Articles by Schulman have been anthologized, as well as published in Orion, Grist, Ms. Magazine, Bust and others. She now lives near Boston with her family and runs an energy-efficiency non-profit called HEET.
Barnali Ghosh is a landscape architect, and Anirvan Chatterjee is a tech geek and the founder of BookFinder.com. They’re enjoying being back at home in Berkeley, California, where they continue to work on transportation and climate justice issues.
Beatrice Tomassi was born and raised in Rome, holds an International Baccalaureate in Singapore and a degree in Sustainable Development at Kingston University in 2017. In search of practical applications of the theories studied, she has just taken part in the Permaculture Design Course at Polam Farm, in Telangana (India).
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).
Bharat Mansata is an author- editor- activist and a co-founder of ‘Earthcare Books’ (Kolkata), involved in environmental and sustainability issues for over two decades.
Bhim Singh Rawat
Bhim Singh Rawat is a team member of SANDRP and has spent 5 years working on Yamuna River and learning from villagers living along the river. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environment & Sustainable Development.
Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan social and human rights advocate and a former actress. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe goodwill ambassador, founder and chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, and a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.
Catherine André is a journalist. She is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of VoxEurop. She is a deputy editor-in-chief of Alternatives Economiques and the Vice President of the Association of European Journalists France (AJE). She was previously the deputy editor-in-chief of Courrier International.
Chicu Lokgariwar is a civil engineer and has been working on participatory watershed management and environmental awareness in western India. She works with the Portal as a consultant, and is based at Chatola, Ramgarh, Nainital District, Uttarakhand.
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money and human cultural evolution.
He is also the author of the books ‘The Ascent of Humanity’ and ‘Sacred Economics’ His books can be read online for free at charleseisenstein.net
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.
Claude Alvares is a renwned environmentalist based in Goa. He is the editor of The Other India Press and is a member of various government and other conservation organizations and groups.
David Orr is a well-respected scholar,writer, teacher and speaker in fields of environment, education and politics. He is the recipient of many awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green and the Bioneers Award, More of his articles can be found at www.davidworr.com
Deepak is a sustainable living fellow at Bhoomi College
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.
Devinder Sharma is a Food and Trade Policy Analyst and activist. Trained as an agricultural scientist, he writes and researches policy issues concerning sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and intellectual property rights, environment and development, food security and poverty, and the implications of the free trade paradigm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore Lappé is the author of many books including “Diet for a Small Planet”. She is the founding Principal of the Small Planet Institute and was named James Beard Foundation’s 2008 Humanitarian of the Year.
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.
Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in the UK. He is environment consultant for New Scientist magazine and author of numerous books, including Earth Then and Now: Potent Visual Evidence of Our Changing World, and The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming.
G. Gautama, who was Principal of The School KFI in Chennai for over 18 years, is Director-Secretary since 2012 of the KFI school Pathashaala, near Thirukalukundram in Tamil Nadu.
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.
George Monbiot is an author and regular contributor for The Guardian.
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.
Gunter Pauli is founder of ZERI (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives). For more on Business models inspired by ecosystems visit www.zeri.org and www.blueeconomy.de
Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, and author of “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future”.
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.
Herbert Girardet is a cultural ecologist. His new book, Creating Regenerative Cities, is published by Routledge.
Helena Norberg – Hodge
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.
Homayun Taba is a writer, painter, educator, organisational consultant. Homayun Taba lives in Mumbai.
I M Pushpa
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.
Ipshita Maitra is a writer and film director. In 2007, she founded Nation Tomorrow – an organization that focuses on social media. Over the past 5 years she has made films on various social issues. She’s active photographer, traveler, poet & conservationist. email@example.com
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.
Jasleen Dhamija has written a biography on Kamaladevi. She began work with Govt. of India in 1954, focusing on the revival of traditional crafts, community development and women’s empowerment. She has been advisor to many govts, taught in many universities and recieved awards from around the world.
Jason F McLennan
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.
Jay Griffiths is an award-winning British writer and author of Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time. She has also contributed to The Observer, the Ecologist, the London Review of Books, the Utne Reader, Wild Earth and Dark Mountain.
Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar
Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar is Professor of Political Science, and Director, Centre for Gandhian Studies at Bangalore University, India.
Jeff Schmidt is a physicist who wrote the 2000 book Disciplined Minds, a critique of the socialization and training of professionals.
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.
Jessica Schmonsky earned her BA in Anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh. Her interests include ethnography, gender and women’s studies, sustainable development, and food and culture.
Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. She has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Please visit her website http://www.joannamacy.net/
Jonanthon Porritt is one of Britain’s well known environmentalists and the Founder-Director of Forum for the Future. ‘Living within our Means’ is available from www. forumforthefuture.org.
Karmyo is a global community aimed at discovering and spreading Happiness.
Kavitha Kuruganti is a Convenor of Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), a national advocacy platform for farmers’ rights. (www.kisanswaraj.in)
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.
Manu Moudgil is the founder editor of GoI Monitor, a web magazine managed by a group of activists, journalists and web developers. He also writes for India Water Portal, a website that shares knowledge and builds communities around water and related issues in India.
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.
Mark Boyle is the founder of The Freeconomy Community www.justfortheloveofit.org.His book, The Moneyless Man:
A Year of Freeconomic Living is published by Oneworld, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-85168-754-1.
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.
Meenal Tatpati worked as an intern in various projects for the Conservation and Livelihoods team before she became a member in 2013. She has a Masters in Environmental Science. She has been working on advocacy and research on Community Forest Rights (CFR) under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. She is interested in understanding the changing socio-political aspects of forest governance in India.
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.
Michael K Stone
Michael K Stone is senior editor at the Center for Ecoliteracy and the primaryauthor of the Center’s book, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability and Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.
Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates and in our farms and gardens. He is the author, most recently, of “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.”
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.
Moin Qazi is the author of the bestselling book, Village Diary of a Heretic Banker. He has worked in the development finance sector for almost four decades. He can be reached at email@example.com
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 Franses joined the MSc in Holistic Science Faculty as teacher of complexity in 2009. Born in 1958 in England, Philip studied mathematics at New College Oxford from 1976 to 1980. Academia’s dull explanation of the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, travelling and a re-sensitisation to quality. In 2005, after a fifteen-year career designing intelligent software, culminating in a programme now used in The Netherlands by all Dutch courts, Philip had a chance encounter with Satish Kumar and was moved to come to Schumacher as an MSc student. Philip began and edits the Holistic Science Journal. He is also the convener of a successful inquiry forum called Process and Pilgrimage and is the author of Time, Light and the Dice of Creation: Through Paradox in Physics to a New Order.
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.
Ramya Ranganathan is an assistant professor in Organizational Behaviour at IIM, Bangalore. She teaches courses in positive psychology, careers, integrative thinking and self-exploration.
Read more about her at: http://craftingourlives.com
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
Robin Murray is an industrial economist at the London School of Economics. ‘Zero Waste’ is published by Greenpeace Environmental Trust
Ron Miller is recognized as one of the major thinkers and activists in the emerging field of holistic education. He is currently the editor of ‘Education Revolution’, the magazine of the Alternative Education Resource Organization.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sharon Turnbull is an Independent academic and Visiting Professor at the University of Gloucestershire Business School and the University of Worcester Business School, USA. Sharon was Director of the Centre for Applied Leadership Research at The Leadership Trust Foundation in Ross-on-Wye, UK, until January 2011. Her current research interests are global and worldly leadership, responsible leadership, and leadership development.
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’
Shikha Shah has been working on water conservation and rural development activities ever since she joined TERI University for her master’s degree in Water Resources Management. Originally published on Ecoideaz.com. a magazine dedicated to green innovations in India.
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).
She is a Principal Consultant for The McGregor Consulting Group
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.
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.
Dr. Thomas Berry (1914-2009)
Dr. Thomas Berry, a Christian monk of the Passionist Order, was a leader in the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin, cultural historian and leading Earth scholar.
The key elements of his work have been described as follows: The universe is the only self-referential reality in the phenomenal world. It is the only text without context. Everything else has to be seen in the context of the universe…The universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. The story has its imprint everywhere. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself; you do not know anything.
Thomas Moore is a psychotherapist and writer of popular spiritual books, including Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul. He also lectures in different parts of the world on spirituality, ecology, psychotherapy and religion.
Trish Glazebrook is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University.
Uzramma, founder of the non-profit research centre Dastkar Andhra, hasbeen associated with the cotton textile industry of India since 1989. In2005, Uzramma founded the Decentralized Cotton Yarn Trust with small- scale units to process cotton to yarn at field locations.
She has been a member of policy groups for the handloom industry constituted by the Planning Commission and the PMO. Uzramma is committed to the cause of promoting the artisanal mode of production as a mainstream economic activity.
Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and alter-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than twenty books.
She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her interview in the book Vedic Ecology (by Ranchor Prime) that draws upon India’s Vedic heritage. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain’s Socialist Party’s think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, an honor known as an “Alternative Nobel Prize”.
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.
Dr. Vijaya Venkat
Dr. Vijaya Venkat is one of the pioneers in holistic nutrition in India. She set up the The Health Awareness Centre (THAC) in 1989. THAC is based on the principle that Health is the inevitable result of healthful living that is according to the laws of nature. The emphasis is therefore on Health through Nutrition in its correct perspective, without destroying our ecology in the process.
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 email@example.com
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.
Wendell Erdman Berry is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is also a 2013 Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berry was named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. On January 28, 2015, he became the first living writer to be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.
Dr. William Bird is the strategic Health Advisor to Natural England: www.naturalengland. org.uk. He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his contribution to health, where he set up schemes to encourage people to exercise and promote good health.
Wolfgang Sach is a researcher, writer and university teacher in the field of environment, development, and globalization. He is the principal author of Fair Future: Resource Conflicts, Security and Global Justice and Sustainable Germany in a Globalized World, both major studies produced by the Wuppertal Institute. Sachs is also a member of the Club of Rome, a lecturer at Schumacher College and an honorary professor at the University of Kassel, Germany.