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John B. Cobb, Jr.

Position: Board Member
Categories: Board of Directors, Int’l Board of Advisors
John B. Cobb, Jr. is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist known for his work across multiple disciplines and sectors of society. Author of more than 50 books, his work For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future, co-authored with Herman Daly, won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. In 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences.

John B. Cobb, Jr.

Board Member

John B. Cobb, Jr. is an American theologian, philosopher, and…

Karenna Gore

Position: Advisor
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

Karenna Gore is the founding director of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological
Seminary. The Center for Earth Ethics bridges the worlds of religion, academia, policy and
culture to discern and pursue the changes that are necessary to stop ecological destruction and
create a society that values the long term health of the whole community of life. Before
founding CEE, Ms. Gore worked as the director of Union Forum at Union Theological Seminary,
during which she organized a conference called Religions for the Earth, which brought together
over 200 religious and spiritual leaders from around the world to reframe climate change as a
moral issue and galvanize faith-based activism to confront it.

Ms. Gore’s previous experience includes work as a lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and in
the legal center of Sanctuary for Families, as well as serving as director of Community Affairs for
the Association to Benefit Children (ABC). She has also worked as a writer and is the author of
Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. Ms. Gore is a graduate of
Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary. She lives in New York
City with her three children and serves on the boards of the Association to Benefit Children
(ABC) and Riverkeeper.

Karenna Gore

Advisor

Karenna Gore is the founding director of the Center for Earth…

Kumsil Kang

Position: Advisor
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

Kang Kum-Sil is a South Korean politician and a lawyer who served as the 55th Minister of Justice of Korea. She is CEO of One Law Partners and Executive Director of People for Earth. An expert in environmental law and leading advocate for earth jurisprudence, Minister Kang is also author of the book, The Politics of Life (2012).

Kumsil Kang

Advisor

Kang Kum-Sil is a South Korean politician and a lawyer who…

David C. Korten

Position: Advisor
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

David C. Korten is a co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, a member of the Club of Rome, a founding board member emeritus of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, a former Associate of the International Forum on Globalization, and a former Harvard Business School professor.

David C. Korten

Advisor

David C. Korten is a co-founder and board chair of YES!…

Jeremy Lent

Position: Advisor
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview, both scientifically rigorous and intrinsically meaningful, that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth.

Born in London, England, Lent received a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He pursued a career in business, eventually founding an internet startup and taking it public.

Beginning around 2005, Lent began an inquiry into the various constructions of meaning formed by cultures around the world and throughout history. His award-winning novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, was published in 2009. His most recent work, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, traces the deep historical foundations of our modern worldview.

Lent is currently working on his next book provisionally entitled The Web of Meaning: An Integration of Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom, which combines findings in cognitive science, systems theory, and traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, offering a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole.Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview, both scientifically rigorous and intrinsically meaningful, that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth.

Born in London, England, Lent received a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He pursued a career in business, eventually founding an internet startup and taking it public.

Beginning around 2005, Lent began an inquiry into the various constructions of meaning formed by cultures around the world and throughout history. His award-winning novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, was published in 2009. His most recent work, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, traces the deep historical foundations of our modern worldview.

Lent is currently working on his next book provisionally entitled The Web of Meaning: An Integration of Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom, which combines findings in cognitive science, systems theory, and traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, offering a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole.

​He holds regular community workshops to explore these topics through contemplative and embodied practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jeremy Lent

Advisor

Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of…

David W. Orr

Position: Advisor
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and senior adviser to the president of Oberlin College. He is a founding editor of the journal Solutions, and serves as the executive director of the Oberlin Project, a collaborative effort of the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of Oberlin. Orr is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. He has authored nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.

David W. Orr

Advisor

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies…

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Position: Advisor
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, teaching in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School. She directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. Along with Brian Swimme, Tucker created Journey of the Universe – a book from Yale University press, turned into an Emmy award winning film.

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Advisor

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at…

Zack Walsh

Position: EcoCiv Germany Director
Categories: Int’l Board of Advisors

Zack Walsh has completed doctoral coursework in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology and is currently a Research Associate co-leading the A Mindset for the Anthropocene (AMA) project at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. His work focuses on an integrative, multi-scalar analysis of how to achieve systemic transformation toward Ecological Civilization.

Zack Walsh

EcoCiv Germany Director

Zack Walsh has completed doctoral coursework in Process Studies at…

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