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, so we’ve started 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie is a full-spectrum administrative manager with an extensive variety of small business operations experience, including bookkeeping and business compliance. 15 years ago in rural Virgina, she became involved in a grassroots, alternative economics effort to create and sustain a local currency, named "Floydian Scrip" and printed with sustainable ink on recycled blue jeans paper. Since then, she has focused her professional efforts on understanding smooth navigation of the many nuances of small business operations, with the goal of working "smarter rather than harder". Her dedication to supporting purpose-driven businesses is what drew her to PGI's Not-for-Profit fall 2018 training in Ashland. This training illuminated that PGI's purpose is in alignment with hers, and Stephanie was invited to join the PGI team as interim bookkeeper and incoming Treasurer. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Stephanie moved to Ashland, Oregon 5 years ago, after 5 years of living on Maui, Hawaii, and 40 years of living on the East Coast. Stephanie is deeply passionate about the study and application of Social & Emotional Intelligence trainings for all humans, herbs and holistic healing.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Operations
Tyler is a Development Director and aspiring Project Manager based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management and a minor in Applied Statistics. As a local nonprofit Development Director, Tyler applies a systems-thinking mindset to implement effective programming. His education, coupled with considerable experience coordinating projects and leading diverse teams, has provided the foundation to support his desire for promoting the prosperity of his neighbors. His work within the community has focused on making a positive impact through the empowerment of collaborative development and sustainable programming.
Robert Wanalo Onono
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.
Post Growth Fellowship Manager
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.
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
Angus Finn MacLeod
Digital Media Assistant
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.
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.
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.
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!
Free Money Day Manager
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.
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.
Hind El Jai
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.
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