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"The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labour for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom." Bell Hooks

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Jonathan is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon.

Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.

Jonathan is part of the team that created the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum, drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Country UK
Academic Titles BA, M.Phil.
Dimension(s) Social
Teaching language English
EDEs Facilitated Findhorn 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
São Paulo 2007, 2008, 2009
Rio de Janeiro 2009, 2010
Porto Allegre 2009, 2010
Salvador 2011
GEDS 2006
  • Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits - Co-edited with Ross Jackson and Helena Norberg-Hodge, 2010
  • Education as the Practice of Freedom, State of the World Report 2017
  • Changing Stories: Using narrative to shift societal values, 2015
Academic Papers
Press articles


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