Who are we?
About the Post Growth Institute
The Post Growth Institute is an international organization accelerating the world’s shift to a society that thrives within ecological limits.
Our research explores how to create a fair and sustainable market economy, and is the basis of our published articles, community presentations and the forthcoming book, How On Earth.
The community economy and not-for-profit forms of business offer the greatest hope for designing a thriving, sustainable economy. Hence, our training and consultancies focus on processes that spark local exchange and provide people with the knowledge and resources they need to develop successful, nonprofit enterprises.
We’re not alone in our efforts, we're part of a movement. Under the #postgrowth banner, we amplify the messages of other like-minded individuals and groups. Our cooperative social media service, for example, creates engaging, original content for member organizations, and uses their collective reach to ensure the widespread distribution of each post.
The Post Growth Institute (PGI) brings creativity and clarity to complex economic challenges. While we articulate the causes of the harsh realities that underlie our current global predicament, we also outline specific steps toward a thriving, alternative future focused on better, not bigger.
Incorporated in Oregon, we are a registered, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to inspire, mobilize, and support individuals, businesses, and communities in the transition to a society that thrives within ecological limits.
Our team is based across 9 countries from around the world.
Director of Finance
Ashima has worked with several non-profits and social impact businesses over the last decade, managing operations and financials, as well as public outreach and public speaking. She has an MBA and an MA in English from Garhwal University, India, and is passionate about learning and unlearning new things, as well as using her skills to impact change. She assists social justice organizations with operational strategy, financial management and project management, including WhoseKnowledge?, Beloved Economies, and Culture Hack Labs. Born in Dehradun, India, she resides in San Diego, California with her family, and enjoys cooking traditional dishes and going for long walks.
Director of Education
Crystal is the founder of Money-Morphosis and two online webinar courses. Since graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2007 with a degree in international economics, she has designed and facilitated workshops, community events, and discussion panels about money. In 2016 Crystal began the “Money-Wise Women” podcast, and has interviewed nearly 100 women on the show. She has inspired thousands of people to have a healthier relationship with money. Her courses serve to illuminate the individual’s relationship with money and value. As a financial coach, she encourages people to live their potential. Her written work has appeared in journals, magazines, and in the book called Reinhabiting the Village. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.
Director of Operations
Tyler is a Non-Profit Director and aspiring Organizational Development Manager based in Bend, Oregon. Graduating from Oregon Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management, Tyler applies a systems-thinking mindset to implement sustainable programming within his organization and community. His education, coupled with considerable experience leading diverse teams and coordinating projects, has provided the foundation to support his drive to make a positive impact alongside his neighbors. Tyler enjoys hiking in the sunshine, spending time with positive people, and learning how to better himself and those around him.
Director of Communications
Natalie is British a writer and editor based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology and a Master's in Environment & Development, and has been a professional wordsmith for over six years. Passionate about the environment, social justice and actively challenging the cult of (over)work, Natalie is cofounder of Mind the Gap, a nonprofit working to close the gender wealth gap by hosting inspiring educational events across Germany; and DangerousTech, an events and content platform focused on digital rights and the intersection of technology and society. Natalie is convinced that post-growth offers a way of thinking about the world - and each other - that is more sustainable, mindful and just than our current system, and that the PGI provides a practical set of steps to get us there. A hatha yoga teacher and avid traveler, she enjoys long train journeys with her ever-adventurous dog, Squirrel.
Robert Wanalo Onono
Director of Movement Building
Robert is a curious individual, whose knowledge-seeking spirit has led him down through the various rabbit-holes and looking glasses of new economic thinking. Curious to find out how to make use of this information, he has participated in numerous social innovation programs, most notable being the Ubuntu.Lab, where he currently serves as a local hub facilitator. He is really proud of his membership at WEAll, a network through which he got connected with the PGI. His is a Tale of Two Villages; Kisumu city, Kenya, he is currently establishing a community innovators lab, and his ancestral village in Gem, where, if not enjoying the peace and tranquility of country living, he can be found tending to his small kitchen garden.
Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at the Stockholm Resilience Center, whose work is a part of project ‘AdaptEcon: Adapting to a new economic reality’, which aims to build a post-growth economic model, using system dynamics methods. She will receive a joint Ph.D. from Stockholm University and Université Blaise Pascal. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and an MSc degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. For the past five years, she has been a co-director of the Post Growth Institute where she co-authored the forthcoming book, How on Earth: Our future is not for profit. Originally from Colorado USA, Jennifer lived in Greece, during the economic crisis (2009 – 2016), working with local initiatives and global networks to help lay the foundation for a new economic era. In all of her work, Jennifer seeks to bridge activism, research, and business in order to co-create a more sustainable future for humanity.
Dien is an independent filmmaker and Assistant Professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He has interests in community media, sustainability, and experimental art movements. Dien previously taught at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and Virginia Tech, where he co-developed the filmmaking program. Dien became interested in post-growth economics through his interests in sociology, philosophy, and ecological wisdom. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and New York City, where he is most happy experiencing the colorful diversity of Jackson Heights. http://www.dienvo.info
Carolina Castañeda del Río
Carolina is an executive coach, consultant, and mental health professional specializing in Family Therapy and social justice. She received a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from University of Guanajuato. Carolina is passionate about social and economic justice, leadership development, and shifting the fundamental paradigms of society. Her work with minorities who live in poverty inspired her understanding and passion on how to impact the structures of inequality; this led her to discover the work of the PGI. Carolina has worked in healthcare, and diversity, equity and inclusion for over 10 years and ran for public office in Mexico. Carolina’s coaching business focuses on leaders who are inspired to build a world where everybody has an opportunity to thrive.
Director of Development
Patrick is a fundraising manager, certified by the Fundraising Institute of Australia. The organising principle of his career has always been advancing social benefit. He majored in Geography and Environmental Science through his Bachelor of Arts, and became engaged in various environmental activism. Entering fundraising as a face-to-face canvasser, representing an environmental charity, he has gone on to lead annual and major giving initiatives at Australia's pre-eminent business school, a national mental health charity, a peak-body for community broadcasting and other causes. In 2020 he will begin a Master of Data Science. Patrick believes in economies and work cultures whose aim is greater wellbeing, and sees current systems failing in this. He is also deeply engaged in yoga philosophy and practice and is excited to be writing his first cabaret in which he will star!
Donnie is a facilitator, author and social entrepreneur, passionate about all things not-for-profit. Originally from Australia, Donnie moved to the U.S. in 2013, from where he coordinates the Post Growth Institute. As a consultant, Donnie has helped more than 450 not-for-profit projects start, scale and sustain their work, while his own initiatives include developing: Free Money Day, the Post Growth Alliance, the (En)Rich List, the Offers and Needs Market process, The Not for Profit Way training, Silent Skype team meetings, Project Australia, and the globally-used #postgrowth hashtag. An Affiliate Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Donnie holds a Ph.D. in social science. He is completing his fourth book: How on Earth: Our future is not for profit.
Board Deputy Chair
Simon is a developmental and contemplative guide, writer, and researcher in cultural evolution and systems change. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in psychology, has worked in social entrepreneurship and mental health, and was led from his native New Zealand to New York by his career as a recording artist and songwriter. Simon's life has been driven by two interrelated core questions: what is the nature of full human development and human flourishing, and how can we create more life-supporting economic dynamics in our world? The founder of Emergent Inquiry, he currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC, where he works in transformative settings with groups and individuals and misses the ocean.
Karen lives and works in the UK and holds an MSc in Environmental Health. She cares about social justice, climate justice and animal rights. Through her research and interest in these areas, she began to realize that each of these were closely interlinked. Connecting the dots to our current profit-oriented system, she became interested in different ways to deal with these issues and came across post-growth ideas and principles. She enjoys reading and nature walks with her family.
Adam is a recent graduate of Southern Oregon University. His studies included philosophy, history, politics, and economics. Adam is a Colombia native who moved to the United States at age two with his parents who are avid travelers. Since then he has traveled around the world and explored foreign languages. During the time he worked at Habitat for Humanity, he felt inspired by spaces for community members to recycle and reuse goods and has raised funds for local home building projects. Adam has worked in Ethiopia and Colombia alongside his mom for Hope Ranch, an organization that supports micro-loan enterprises and orphanages. Adam is interested in international politics and economics and is eager to start his career working with nonprofits, political movements, and organizations that contribute to human development and social reform efforts.
Angus Finn MacLeod
Angus is an independent filmmaker and multimedia artist, currently studying for a BA in Electronic Media and the Arts at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Alongside helping produce various independent films, Angus also works as a Media Intern with the National Park Service in collaboration with Housatonic Heritage, creating AR displays and short documentaries to preserve and digitize notable cultural heritage sites. His desire to work with the Post Growth Institute comes from a desire to help people and the world, to move past an increasingly toxic world to one where a meaningful, free life can truly be lived. In his spare time, Angus is an avid drummer, artist, and writer, in the form of both creative fiction and journalism, and takes part in political and ecological activism. Angus splits his time between western Massachusetts and southern New York.
Carley is a coach and strategist who works with mission-driven organizations to catalyze them into their next level of impact and contribution. Her approach engages both sides of the brain, engaging leading edge research in neuroplasticity and epigenetics in addition to a strategic, scientific approach. She specializes in the fields of green technology and regenerative agriculture. Carley holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry, specifically focused in renewable energy, with postdoctoral research in Physics, leading to the creation of the greenhouse solar startup company Soliculture, where she became the Director of Business Development. Working with hundreds of farmers, she discovered her passion for regenerative agriculture and soil health. She is also a certified Transformational Facilitator and is gifted at working with groups to solve problems creatively.
Sharon is a public servant with a Grad Dip in Urban Planning, a background in the ecological cities movement, and a passion for connecting and advocating for those working on post-growth, commons-based and regenerative initiatives. One of the original members of the Post Growth team, she also curates and writes about locally productive cities, sharing cities and communication for change. Born and living in Adelaide, South Australia, she enjoys live music, is a friend of dogs, and recently completed the first draft of a novel she has been working on.
Tessa is currently enrolled as a student to become an English and Geography teacher. Grown up in the foothills of the Alps in southern Germany, Tessa has always been in close contact with nature and is hence concerned about the preservation of natural heritage. Tessa became interested in post growth thinking while writing her Bachelor Thesis on the subject. She is particularly concerned about global equality and has therefore worked with a governmental organization and an NGO in the field of development cooperation. In the future, Tessa hopes to teach children all over the world about the benefits of alternative economies. Tessa enjoys practicing mountain sports and loves cats and vegan food.
IT & Software Developer
David is a former biologist and self-taught software developer. Originally from Chile, he has been living and working in the US since 2017. Passionate about innovation, technology and the development and progress of human societies. His interest in post-growth economics and holistic views of human society comes from a mixture of scientific observations and the realization that our economy is part of a planetary system called ecology and that quality of life can be improved through innovation and technology without the need for damaging other beings or undermining our own future, or nature.
Tegan is Communications Executive at global environmental nonprofit CDP (www.CDP.net). Tegan graduated with a BA in Environment and Media Studies and she has been working for green businesses since. She writes a blog about the politics of climate change (www.theclimatelemon.com). She is fascinated by the power of the media yet believes it is failing to keep people informed about the pressing issues of our time. She has been involved with several community sustainability projects, including Transition Towns. She passionately believes that post-growth economics is the only true sustainability, and aspires to use her media skills to raise awareness about the limits to growth and the post-growth solution. She lives in Brighton, UK with her partner Tom and her tortoise Coco.
Hannah is a student of International Development Management and is passionate about self-expression and harmony between all beings on Earth. In her study programme, she tries to find the source of flaws in our institutions, which led her to the post-growth market economy approach. She hopes to find a way to understand and contribute to the emergence of new economies. Originally from Austria, Hannah obtained a Permaculture Design Course certificate in Spain and currently lives in the Netherlands. She likes lying in the sun and working out.
Johanna will soon graduate from her LLM focused on environmental law and policy at UCL. Although she has always lived in the spirit of post-growth, it was while writing her master's thesis that she got into the theoretical ideas of post-growth. She identified a dissonance between the current economic system and the ecological limits whereby capitalism is treated as the inevitable frame within which environmental laws are created which renders them largely ineffective. Her interests in labour law and environmental law found a common denominator when she connected the dots in a post-growth thinking. She was born in Uppsala, Sweden and is temporarily back in the city, but she has lived in different countries for the past 10 years. She seeks a life filled with values beyond possessions.
Hannah is currently finishing her Masters in Community Development at Sorbonne Paris. Curious and passionate about learning, she loves the German term ‘Lebenskünstlerin’ to describe her profession: An artist of life. A sense of disillusionment during her BA at one of Europe's biggest business schools prompted her to write her thesis on the link between degrowth and happiness. Born in the German-speaking region of Northern Italy, Hannah loves swimming in mountain lakes and always has these ingredients in her fridge: Lemons, tomatoes, watermelon, cheese, and a cold beer.
Director of Wellbeing
Vanessa, a trained packaging engineer with a background in nutritional science, is passionate about sustainability in the context of business and consumer goods, and truly believes that a shared, prosperous future within planetary boundaries lies beyond the growth dogma. Vanessa is also a director of NOW (No Other Way), an organization working towards a humane ecology through education and business. A practitioner of systemic sustainable living, she publishes articles, delivers talks, and provides support to help people live a more ecological and conscious life. Vanessa is originally from Germany and based in the UK. She loves to leave-no-trace wild camp and wild swim with her husband and daughter.
Justin is a full-time student at the University of Chicago. He also occasionally works as an environmental educator, and is currently an intern at Tocqueville 21, where he conducts interviews, writes articles, and translates content to and from French. Justin has gravitated towards a post-growth philosophy over the course of his studies, grounded in the scientific reality that meaningful climate action must incorporate de-growth, as well as the moral certainty that establishing a more just society is both possible and imperative. He lives in California, and in his free time enjoys music, theater, and swing dancing.
Manager, Post Growth Fellowship
Jessica, born and raised in South Africa, is passionate about our (one) Earth and all things nature. With a background in conservation, she has a PhD in environmental governance and is currently based at the University of Cape Town. Observing the devastating effects of industrial agriculture, resource extraction and fossil fuels on nature and the gross inequity hegemonic, neo-colonial capitalism has wrought on the Global South, has led her to seek a radical revolution in economics to a post-growth world. Jessica loves being in nature away from the city where the wild things are.
Naryan, based out of Toronto, is on a mission to maximize the long-term flourishing of humanity. Looking for leverage points in areas of vertical growth and transformational learning, collective sensemaking, and economic game change. He's currently practicing my systems change skills in a corporate sandbox - creating a decentralized network that embodies the kinds of behaviours that will lead to the transformation of a 50k-person organization. How can we create a deliberately developmental workplace that actually transforms its employees into their best selves? And once we figure that out - how do we scale this to the world?
Lina is just about to graduate from an MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds, having obtained a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Circular Economies. She is passionate about the evolution of climate justice and strongly believes that a thriving and healthy society that fits within ecological limits is possible. She was born in Norway but has lived all over Europe since the age of 12, currently residing in Berlin. When not reading and engaging with post-growth ideas, she can be found at the stables or out in nature with her horse, Atlas.
Bruno is currently studying for a Master’s in Global Change Management, and has a specialization degree in International Law. He is passionate about social and environmental justice, diversity and international politics. His first contact with post growth happened in 2016, while reading about solutions for the problems the world is facing. Since then, he hasn’t stopped learning and researching about the topic, with a major focus on international and regional organizations, such as the European Union. Bruno was born in São Paulo, Brazil and currently lives in Berlin, where you’ll find him taking photos or searching for records at street markets.
Nadine, holding an MSc in Environmental Science, is passionate about living in a respectful and healthy relationship with – and as part of – nature. Her interest in post-growth and degrowth emerged from her involvement as a volunteer in the climate movement, and she is still finding her path in many ways. Born and raised in Germany and based in the Netherlands, Nadine practices parkour to "be strong to be useful", to develop her worldview as part of a community rather than a competitor, and to see any place as a playground and an opportunity to get creative and overcome fears.
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Any ambiguities in the interpretation of these Terms of Service shall not be construed against the drafting party.
SECTION 18 - GOVERNING LAW
These Terms of Service and any separate agreements whereby we provide you Services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of 156 Union St Unit A, Ashland, OR, 97520, United States.
SECTION 19 - CHANGES TO TERMS OF SERVICE
You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time at this page.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check our website periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to our website or the Service following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Service constitutes acceptance of those changes.
SECTION 20 - CONTACT INFORMATION
Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT
When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information.”
We collect Device Information using the following technologies:
- “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
- “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
- “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.
Additionally when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers), email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as “Order Information.”
HOW DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
Communicate with you;
Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.
We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).
SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, we use Shopify to power our online store--you can read more about how Shopify uses your Personal Information here: https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site--you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.
As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you.
DO NOT TRACK
Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.
If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.
Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.
When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.
For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or by mail using the details provided below:
156A Union St, Ashland, OR, 97520, United States