Voices from the Film


Ronald Colman

Ronald Colman is founder and Executive Director of GPIAtlantic. Colman taught for 20 years at the university level and was a researcher and speech-writer at the United Nations. He has researched and written many reports on indicators of community wellbeing and environmental quality. Colman advises governments and communities both in Canada and internationally on indicator work, and regularly speaks on the subject to interested groups.

Eliana Amparo Apaza Espillico

Eliana Espillico is Coordinator of the Association Suma Yapu, part of PRATEC – El Proyecto Andino de Tecnologias Campesinas (The Andean Project of Peasant Technologies), based in the Peruvian Andes. The group works to affirm and invigorate Andean culture and peasant agriculture and provide solutions to the cultural erosion and socioeconomic problems of Andean populations.

Zac Goldsmith

Zac is a Member of Parliament in the UK. For nine years Goldsmith served as editor of the popular environmental magazine, The Ecologist. His latest book is The Constant Economy: How to Build a Stable Society.

Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg is Executive Director of Living Routes, an ecovillage study-abroad program in Massachusetts, and a member of the Global Ecovillage Educators for Sustainable Earth. Greenberg has studied and directed community-based educational programs for over 20 years. He has developed accredited educational programs around the world.

Clive Hamilton

Clive Hamilton is a public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a joint centre of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne. Hamilton is a best-selling author whose books include Growth Fetish; Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change; and The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-secular Ethics.

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on oil depletion and its consequences. He is the award-winning author of eight books including: Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World and Blackout. Heinberg has authored scores of articles that have appeared in such journals as The Ecologist, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Earth Island Journal, and YES! magazine.

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. Hopkins is a prominent UK blogger and is author of many articles and the popular book The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience. He is the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, an Ashoka Fellow, a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, and a Trustee of the Soil Association.

Pracha Hutanuwatr

Pracha Hutanuwatr is an author and scholar of globalization and socially engaged Buddhism from Thailand. Hutanawatr is Director of the Wongsanit Ashram near Bangkok; Deputy Director of Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute; Program Director for Grassroots Leadership Training; and a board member of the Spirit in Education Movement. Hutanuwatr has lectured and led workshops internationally. His latest book is Asian Futures: Dialogues for Change (co-authored with Ramu Manivannan).

Chris Johnstone

Chris Johnstone is a specialist in positive social and psychological change. Johnstone works in the British NHS as an addictions specialist, teaches at several universities and has lectured around the world. He is editor of The Great Turning Times and author of the book, Find Your Power.

David Korten

David Korten is president and founder of the People-Centered Development Forum, co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, and a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. He has published hundreds of articles and several books, including Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth; The Great Turning; and When Corporations Rule the World.

Rodrigo Lopes

Rodrigo Lopes is a leader of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), which has successfully pressured the Brazilian government to redistribute unused land to millions of landless peasants. Lopes has overseen several social agroecology projects throughout the MST settlements. He has also served as an administer of the National Florestan Fernandes School of Agrarian Reform in the state of Sao Paulo.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife and their daughter.

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. Her articles have appeared in numerous volumes and periodicals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and YES! magazine. Norberg-Hodge's ground-breaking work in the Himalayan region of Ladakh is internationally recognized, and earned her the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’

Keibo Oiwa

Keibo Oiwa is a cultural anthropologist, environmentalist, prominent public figure and professor of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin Univeristy. Oiwa is founder of the Sloth Club, Japan's leading 'Slow Life' environmental group. His books include Slow Is Beautiful and The Japan We Never Knew: A Journey of Discovery (co-authored with David Suzuki). Oiwa lives in Yokohama with his family.

Mohau Pheko

Mohau Pheko is Coordinator of the African Gender and Trade Network (GENTA), based in South Africa. GENTA delivers economic and social research to parliamentarians, women’s organizations and civil servants. As an independent political economist she has advised governments, corporations and international aid programs

Samdhong Rinpoche

Samdhong Rinpoche was elected as the frst Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in 2001. In addition to being a prominent political leader, he has served as the director of the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, and has led a distinguished career as a spiritual teacher, professor and leading Tibetan scholar of Buddhism and Gandhian thought.

Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche

Khyentse Norbu is a Bhutanese lama and an accomplished filmmaker whose films include The Cup and Travellers and Magicians. Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961 and was recognized as the main incarnation of Dzongsar Khyentse (1894-1959). From early childhood he has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, particularly H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Mary-Jayne Rust

Mary-Jayne Rust is an internationally recognized Jungian analyst and art therapist in Britain. Rust has been writing, lecturing and running workshops on the links between psychotherapy and environmental issues for many years. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Resurgence; The Journal of Psychotherapy and Politics International; and Therapy Today.

Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor taught at Harvard University for 17 years before becoming Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Schor is a respected scholar of economic sociology and consumerism. She is a national best-selling author whose books include Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture; The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure; and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need.

Balaji Shankar

Balaji Shankar is an independent organic farmer, conducting experiments on small farm profitability, self-reliance through traditional farming techniques, and the preservation of native seeds. He also works with organic small farmers in marketing their produce, and edits and publishes the website www.earth.org.in.

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecofeminist, environmental activist and author. She is founder and director of the organization Navdanya, and is currently based in New Delhi. Shiva has written numerous books and hundreds of papers in leading scientifc and technical journals. Her latest books include Soil Not Oil and Earth Democracy. She is the recipient of the 1993 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman is an expert in community-based economic development and currently serves as Director of Research and Public Policy at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Shuman has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age.

Charles Simmons

Charles Simmons teaches journalism and media law at Eastern Michigan University. Simmons is the Co-Chair of the Committee for the Political Resurrection of Detroit and is on the board of directors of the Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. His articles have appeared in national and international newspapers, magazines and academic journals.

Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is Policy Director at the New Economics Foundation. He is the author of many groundbreaking reports including The Green New Deal, Clone Town Britain and the books Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters and Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations. Andrew serves on the boards of Greenpeace UK, the climate campaign 10:10 and The Energy and Resources Institute Europe.