The Post Growth Fellowship
The Post Growth Fellowship is a nine-month content collaboration with researchers, thought leaders, activists, artists, and entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds, cultures, histories, and geographies—united by their work in post-capitalist fields and alternative approaches beyond economic growth.
The vision is to open up and broaden the conversation around post-growth ideas, information, and inspiration, in recognition that many alternative approaches are emerging from, and continue to be stewarded in, the Global South and historically marginalized communities across the world.
Through the Fellowship we facilitate group conversations and presentations, as well as curating and promoting Fellows’ content.
“The Fellowship has been enriching in so many ways. Connecting with Fellows doing post-growth work all over the world made me feel less lonely—especially as Black woman working in this field—as we were able to share our experiences and vulnerabilities in a safe, benevolent space. Unexpectedly, I also made some really good friends, who I’m proud to be able to support.”
– Djémilah Hassani, 2023 Affiliate Post Growth Fellow
Alanna explores bossless leadership, open source organizational development, cooperative governance, participatory technology, impact entrepreneurship, and collaborating with money—for a radically optimistic future. She is COO of Open Collective, an open source fundraising, legal status, and money management platform for communities, and executive director of Open Collective Foundation (fiscal sponsor to 400+ groups in the US). She previously co-founded Enspiral, Loomio, and Cobudget. She is also an Edmund Hilary Fellow, and co-authored the book Better Work Together. Alanna was born in San Francisco and now lives in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand with her family and a little black cat. Her ultimate dream is to make a utopian future for everyone, and shares ideas on her website.
Andre Gonzales Andino
Andre is a Relational artist, Chix’i, Andean, cuir, mountaineer, and climber. In recent years, Andre has worked with global communities related to issues of alternatives to life. Andre also works with the Ecoversities network and Re-imagining Education conference on cultural, social, and educational regeneration. Andre is a student of the Escuelita del Amor where the teacher is Ayahuasca, grandmother of the Amazon. Andre has a Master’s Degree in Communication Research with a mention in Public Opinion from FLACSO, Ecuador, where Andre worked on sexuality and gender issues.
Andrew is a writer, artist, and YouTuber born, raised, and currently residing in Trinidad & Tobago, best known for his poetic and conversational approaches to various cultural, historical, and sociopolitical topics. As an ardent anarchist and firm believer in power to the people, Andrew has incorporated the ideas of post-growth in his work to invigorate imaginations and encourage people to create a better world in the shell of the old. From solarpunk to decolonisation to youth liberation, Andrew seeks to learn and explore as much as possible. You can find him on his Youtube channel @Andrewism or on his Twitter @_saintdrew.
Katherine is an advocate for economic change with roles including writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Policy Development. Her ‘doorway’ into post-growth was Beyond-GDP when over a decade ago she developed a participatory measure of progress for Oxfam. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and WEAll Scotland and instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership. Her most recent book (with Jeremy Williams) is The Economics of Arrival and her major report Being Bold: Budgeting for Children’s Wellbeing was launched in March 2021. Katherine is based in Australia – but sometimes Scotland – and is happiest when in either country’s mountains. Know more about Katrine here.
Jessica is a strategist, entrepreneur, and educator working in post-growth economics and creating equity, justice, and prosperity for those most marginalized by U.S. policies and systems. She is the Executive Director of Start.coop, a non-profit cultivating the next generation of cooperative businesses. Jessica also founded and leads sustainability startup Island Eats MV, is an Omidyar Network Luminary, serves as an elected member of the board at Ampled, and is an investor in 15 early stage startups and 2 early stage funds. Jessica was born in the U.S., raised in Australia, and worked/lived extensively in Latin America. Jessica is happiest with her family, cooking good food for friends and family, and traveling.
Farzin is an Organizational Justice practitioner with experience in higher education, trade associations, local government, and the private sector. Holding two master’s degrees in international affairs and diplomacy as well as a certificate in conflict resolution skills, Farzin leverages his unique academic background, extensive travel experience, and experiential knowledge to provide comprehensive, thought-provoking local and global approaches to his work. Farzin is also a seasoned project manager in developing strategies for equitable workplace environments and government services, as well as internal capacity. Farzin founded Critical Equity Consulting, LLC, a boutique Organizational Justice consulting firm focused on helping organizations rebuild with a primary focus on creating equitable outcomes and seeking justice.
Emilio is the executive director of the Appropedia Foundation, an organization promoting access to sustainability and poverty reduction knowledge. His work focuses on the intersection of innovation, design, and technology with social impact. He advocates for the responsible use of new technologies, especially through open knowledge contribution and practices. Emilio currently resides in San Salvador, where he was born, and enjoys skateboarding, running, and other quirky hobbies he knows he’ll never be good at, like playing yoyo and chess. Know more about Emilio .
Sheeza is co-founder and MD of UpEffect, a crowdfunding platform supporting organizations that shape a benevolent economy inspired by justice and ethics. Sheeza has spent the last decade in the tech, non-profit, and social enterprise world. She has been focused on project management and supporting enterprises’ fundraising strategies, baking impactful and sustainable frameworks. Sheeza’s work has driven UpEffect’s 95-percent campaign success rate and accompanying social entrepreneurs on their journey to impact. As a founding member of Zebras Unite, she operationalised and launched the Zebra Solidarity Fund and is currently designing the Islamic Finance Collective alongside leading global partnerships for their co-operative. Know more about Sheeza here.
Erinch works on transforming the deep design of businesses. He has degrees in law and finance, and is passionate about social enterprise and collective ownership, which naturally connected him to post-growth economics. He is the business and enterprise lead at Doughnut Economics Action Lab, board member of Social Enterprise World Forum, and former chief executive of the World Fair Trade Organization. He currently teaches sustainability, and has previously worked at Oxfam, Procter & Gamble, and Australia’s aid programme. Erinch was born in Turkey, grew up in Australia, and lives in the UK. He is a huge fan of basketball and hip-hop.
Pratik is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at the New School in New York City. He completed his PhD in Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2022, and became interested in the emancipatory possibilities of post growth while researching Indigenous mobilizations against extractivism in India and Mexico. His writing has appeared in ROAR Magazine, CounterPunch, and Society & Space, and he has organized with various community groups providing mutual aid and political education. Pratik was born in India and raised in Malaysia, and desperately misses the street food from both. Know more about Pratik here.
Elena has obtained a PhD in economics from the University of Leeds and is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Lausanne. Her main research areas are macroeconomic and political economy challenges and conditions for a social-ecological transformation, particularly degrowth and post growth. She is a member of the Post-Growth Economics Network, the Lausanne Ecological Economics Lab, and a scientific working group on sustainable money. She is keen to develop, share and discuss new economic approaches within and outside of academia.
Xinlin is an educator, writer, and community activator for the ongoing ecological transition. Xinlin is the program director at Yunhe Centre, an innovative education company offering learning experiences in the communities bordering ecological preservation zones in China’s western mountains. Her work focuses on creating programs that catalyze and facilitate ecological, economical, and social restoration in formerly damaged landscapes. She is currently working to create project-based learning curriculums on the new economy for young Chinese people, and hosts monthly youth dialogues with the Living Earth movement. Xinlin spends time between China’s western mountains and the U.S. She can’t live without Chinese tea and incense, plays the accordion, and sometimes imagines talking to a tree. Know more about Xinlin here.
Intissar is a lawyer, educator and researcher on inclusive, participatory local development and territorial inequalities. She worked in numerous UK human rights organizations before moving back to Tunisia after the 2011 revolution to found Jasmine Foundation. The organization designs and facilitates participatory planning processes across 8 regions of Tunisia to support citizens and local authorities in developing sustainable development plans and projects. Intissar obtained a Political Science PhD from Sciences Po University, Paris and is an Assistant Professor at the Southern Mediterranean University and Associate Researcher at Gothenburg University in Sweden. She is happiest when doing fieldwork in far-flung places, wandering the Medina (Old City) of Tunis, growing olives, or reading a magic realism novel.
Arpita is a researcher, critical social scientist, and scholar-activist. Her research focuses on environmental injustices, ecological distribution conflicts, and extractivism social resistance movements. Her work draws heavily on ecosystem defense grassroots activism at resource frontiers, especially in India. Her main focuses are mineral extractivism, particularly sand mining and related conflicts across the global South. She is also engaged in degrowth and post growth economics research in the global South. Arpita is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies, recent Associate Researcher at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (IHEID), and a Mari-Sklodowska Curie LEaDing PostDoctoral Fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She obtained her PhD from TERI-SAS, India in 2018.
Sonia is a social justice advocate passionate about gender mainstreaming and women’s rights, intersectionality, African feminism, decolonial perspectives, ecofeminism, and other multi-sectoral matters that fuel policy advocacy and action. Her background is in social research (qualitative methods), monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge creation. Sonia has worked in different humanitarian and social development led organizations including Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Africa Humanitarian Action Organization. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Ethiopia and Rotaract Club of Ra’ye. Sonia is currently studying for her second Master’s Degree in slavery, asymmetrical dependencies, and decolonial studies at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Thobile is the Network Co-Lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. She is a Community Builder and Non-Profit Leader with a passionate interest in Social & Creative Entrepreneurship, and recently graduated from the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme. Thobile is part of a non-profit, community driven organization called Makers Valley Partnership which aims to enable a Wellbeing Economy in Johannesburg’s inner city, South Africa. Thobile intends to use her experience in Marketing and Advertising in a more purposeful way, applying it towards building a better future and society for people and planet, advocating for a co-created tomorrow where no one is left behind.
Franco is a social activist, unprofessionalized intellectual, unschooled father, co-creator of collaborative projects, and documentalist of alternatives around the planet, collaborating with processes of social transformation for more than 20 years now. He co-coordinates the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, an international process connecting networks of Radical Alternatives. Franco also leads the research-action Acervus Project, which seeks to recover and reintroduce the historical roots of post-industrial/post-growth/post-development ideas. He is involved in various thematic networks and projects, such as: REEVO alternative education network, Ecoversities Alliance, Enlivened Cooperative, the GNU Project, and The Forbidden Education film project among others. He is friend of the goliards, apprentice of the grandmothers, and follower of the dead.
Nariman is an educator, researcher, and community organizer in the broader field of decolonial education. She holds an Education M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a passion for reclaiming diverse knowledge cosmologies, community arts, and the continuous acts of assembling as a form of social resistance. Nariman is a Senior Researcher at Edtech Hub, a global consortium of evidence-based research for education policymakers. She founded several deschooling initiatives in Cairo, Egypt (her origins), including Tagawor. Nariman is part of the Ecoversities Alliance and serves as a teaching assistant for community organising and adaptive leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy school. She also tutors a decolonial drama club at the Institute for Decolonizing Theory (IDC).
Joey is a writer, researcher, scholar, and editor. His podcast, The Fire These Times, explores how to tackle climate change, build bonds across nation states, and imagine a post-capitalist world. He’s also an editor at Shado-Mag.com and is on the board of the Domestic Workers Advocacy Network (DoWAN). He grew up in Mount Lebanon and lives between the Arve and Rhône rivers.
Turquoise is a human being dancing at the intersection of wisdom, art, and societal technologies in service to human flourishing. She grew up on and off military bases across the globe, ran 20,000 miles to be a D1 NCAA athlete, and was once a touring festival musician playing for over 20,000 people per year. She now co-stewards transdisciplinary research teams focused on the economic interoperability of prosocial tech, the transformation of political worldviews and climate change action-logics, and the application of wisdom and computational social sciences to guide cultural evolution. Turquoise is the Chief Strategic Officer at Dyer Global Solutions, Board Member of The Integral Leadership Review Journal, a Research Fellow and grant recipient at Human Data Commons, Post Growth Institute, and Collaborative Technology Alliance.
2023 Affiliate Fellows
Affiliate Fellows are members of the previous cohort who continue to support our community of practice, engage with current Fellows, and collaborate in all kinds of ways.