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Ben Gill is director of BioRegional Consulting and runs the One Planet Programme overseeing the development of Sustainability Action Plans. BioRegional is an entrepreneurial charity which initiates and delivers practical solutions that help us to live within a fair share of the earth’s resources, i.e. ‘one planet living’ - a concept developed by BioRegional and WWF. BioRegional work in partnership with organisations around the world and help others to achieve sustainability through consultancy, education and informing policy. BioRegional works with a diverse range of clients, including Defra, Nokia, and WRAP, looking at both community developments and management. Ben graduated in Earth Science and completed an MSc in Environmental Technology. He has also planted and manages a small woodland. Jonathan Crinion is president of Crinion Associates, a research, planning and design consulting firm that specialises in complex systems synthesise. The company has won many awards for projects ranging from vertical axis wind turbines to conceiving the original famous 6 metre ‘Open Table’ concept produced by Knoll, which revolutionised the office work environment globally. In 2006 he created a sailing project with ‘Friends of the Earth’ to promote the ‘The Big Ask’ campaign to legislate for CO2 reduction in the UK. Crinion’s current work uses an Earth systems science perspective to analyse ‘The Automorphosis of Social Ecological Organisational Systems’ and he continues to explore ‘Creativity: A Social Ecological Approach.’ Jonathan is an Associate to the Ontario College of Art and Design in Industrial Design and has an MSc in Holistic Science. Jonathan lives in Devon where he is involved in Transition Town Totnes and occasional teaches at Schumacher College. Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski are co-founders of Tactical Tech, an international NGO that aims to advance the use of new technologies as a tactical tool for civil society in developing and transition countries. Stephanie and Marek have been working to strengthen the use of technology, communication and information by advocates in the global South for the last decade. They began working together whilst at the Open Society Institute and the Stefan Batory Foundation, respectively. Together they established Tactical Tech in 2003. Stephanie has a Masters in Information/Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art (London) and a certificate in campaigning and lobbying. Marek was previously engaged with the arts and independent culture -writing, curating exhibitions, organising festivals, creating Zines, radio and TV shows. John Thackara is director of Doors of Perception. John organises larger scale events and festivals in which citizens, designers, and grassroots innovators explore two questions: “what might life in a sustainable world be like?” and “what design steps are needed to get us from here, to there?” In recent times, John was programme director of Designs of the Time (Dott 07) in England, and in 2008 he was commissioner of City Eco Lab at the St Etienne Design Biennial in France. Doors events bring real-world sustainability projects together so they may cross-fertilise and grow. He is author of several books including In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World which has been praised by the likes of Bill Moggridge, Co-founder of IDEO; ‘Whatever you are designing, keep this book next to you’ and Bruce Sterling; ‘I eagerly devoured every last page of John Thackara’s lofty, captivating book, up to and including his wry footnotes and that superb bibliography.’

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2012 Imperative Teach-in  

Nearly 300 people attended the Teach-in at the Victoria and Albert Musem in London October 12 2009. The event was broadcast live on-line to...

2012 Imperative Teach-in  

Nearly 300 people attended the Teach-in at the Victoria and Albert Musem in London October 12 2009. The event was broadcast live on-line to...

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