The Local Futures team can be found on four continents, with main offices in the USA, Australia and the UK.
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director
Helena founded Local Futures in 1978. Helena is the author of ‘Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh’ and ‘Local is Our Future’, and producer of ‘The Economics of Happiness’. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’; the Goi Peace Prize for her pioneering work towards a new economy; and the Arthur Morgan Award.
John Page, Creative Content Developer
John coordinated the technical and cultural programmes of the Ladakh Project for ten years. He produced our videos, The Future of Progress and the award-winning ‘Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh’, and co-directed ‘The Economics of Happiness’. He is the co-author of ‘From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture’. His series of photographs depicting the spread of the global monoculture have been used by NGOs around the world.
Steven Gorelick, Chief Financial Officer, Board of Directors
Steven has worked with Local Futures in a wide range of capacities since 1987: including as co-director of‘ ‘The Economics of Happiness’, author of Small is Beautiful, Big is Subsidized, and co-author of ‘Bringing the Food Economy Home’. He is currently on the Local Futures board, in which capacity he continues to function as Chief Financial Officer. Steven runs a small-scale organic farm with his wife and two children in Vermont.
Anja Lyngbaek, Managing and Programs Director
Anja has worked with Local Futures since 1986 on many projects, including the International Alliance for Localization, the Economics of Happiness Conference Series and World Localization Day. Fluent in Spanish, English and Danish, she has been a spokesperson for localization on several continents. Anja divides her time between a Mexican ecovillage and a small island in the Danish Archipelago. She is a passionate food grower and is happiest with her hands in the soil. Anja holds a BSc in Rural Resource Management and a MPhil. in Agroforestry.
Marjana Kos, Executive Assistant
Marjana has worked with Local Futures since 2006. She holds a Master’s degree in Holistic Science from Schumacher College. She is active in raising awareness about globalization, new economics, the money system and complementary currencies. She lives in Slovenia with her partner and young son, together they’re creating a one-hectare forest garden and building a low-impact, natural home.
Henry Coleman, Project Coordinator
Henry connected with the work of Local Futures at age 15, and has worked with the organization in Ladakh, India and Australia since 2015. Now almost fluent in Ladakhi, he helps to coordinate our projects there. He also represents Local Futures at public events in Australia, and works on various writing projects. In 2017, he co-founded the NGO Wildspace, where he has further developed his capacity as a community organizer and activist.
Alex Jensen, Research and Project Coordinator
Alex does research for Local Futures. Along with writing blogs, texts and articles, he provides us and our networks with the latest writings and information relevant to the global-to-local movements. Alex coordinates our Ladakh Project and has worked with cultural affirmation and agro-biodiversity projects in campesino communities in a number of countries. He is active in numerous networks, including the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, the Vikalp Sangam/Alternatives India initiative, and environmental health/anti-toxics groups.
Sally Cusack, Research and Project Coordinator
Sally lives in Northern NSW, Australia with her family and is a passionate advocate for human and planetary health through localization and community building. Sally is trained as a lawyer and is co-founder of Relocalise Northern Rivers, the company secretary of Maternity Choices Australia, co-founder of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Media and manager of PBB Media’s weekly free baby/toddler clothes swap and drop-in centre.
Anja Light, Social Media Coordinator
Anja has spent most of her life as an environmental and indigenous rights campaigner, project manager and presenter/workshop leader. She is a co-founder of the Sloth Club of Japan – the leading organisation of the ‘Slow’ movement in that country. Strongly influenced by deep ecology philosophy and through living with tribal peoples and local communities around the world, her work with Local Futures has a strong foundation in direct campaign and life experience.
Jonny Tomlinson, Social Media Coordinator
Jonny has worked with Local Futures since 2020. Working within the field of design and marketing, Jonny uses his skills to spread the Local Futures message to new and existing audiences. Jonny is based in London, UK and spends his time working on various creative projects, whilst also enjoying cycling and photography.
Samantha Salmon, Webmaster and Product Manager
Samantha maintains the website and works on a range of administrational tasks, as well as video editing projects since 2014. She has a degree in Culture, Organization and Management. She has traveled all over Asia and spent half a year volunteering in Nepal. She is founder of the Laxmi Support Foundation. She lives with her husband and two daughters on Dartmoor in South West England.
Bertrand Raguet, Audio and Visual Editor
Bertrand is an abstract painter, keen writer and a passionate tennis player of French origin. Since 2006, he has been living off-grid in a cloud forest in the mountains in Veracruz, Mexico, with his wife and two children. Bertrand has assisted Local Futures, with the subtitling and editing of its audio-visual materials since 2015.
Kunzang Deachen, Ladakh Project Associate
Kunzang is a community organiser supporting young farmers, mindful tourism, and cultural vitality in Ladakh, India. Since 2020, she has been coordinating Local Futures’ Ladakh Project, developing an ever-deeper commitment to protecting land-based wisdom and traditional skills in the face of globalising forces. She has become a leader of the localization movement in Ladakh.
Kristen Steele, Special Projects
Kristen has worked with Local Futures since 2000. She has taken on multiple roles, including research, writing, fundraising, outreach and program management. She has also been the main organizer for several of the Economics of Happiness conferences and other Local Futures’ events. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in Wild Animal Biology. She is also currently pursuing doctoral research on the intersection of conservation and economics in regards to threatened species.
Carly Gayle, Special Projects
Carly has worked with Local Futures since 2018. Among other tasks, Carly is responsible for the Planet Local series and the Localization Action Guide. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has practiced permaculture and regenerative design in Madagascar, Indonesia, and the USA, and now lives near Washington, DC. She is currently studying herbal medicine.
Stella Sage, Volunteer Translator
Stella is a writer and educator from Germany whose mission is to help reconnect humans with nature in body and spirit and to create awareness around the climate crisis. She is the producer of the podcast, Sage Talking. Stella loves to be in nature, read and learn about regenerative farming and Permaculture. She been doing German translation for Local Futures since 2021.
Elena Fedina, Volunteer Translator
Elena has translated for Local Futures since August 2019. She was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Her professional path led her to New York City, where she currently resides. She has spent the last few years learning about regenerative agriculture, sustainability and meaningful ways to make a change in the world.
Lily Ortega, Volunteer Translator
Lily has translated for Local Futures since 2019. She was born and raised in Mexico but came to the United States to become a certified Montessori teacher. Since then, she has earned a Masters Degree in Social Work and translated a partnering book into Spanish.
Georgia Erato Triantafyllidi, Volunteer Translator
Georgia resides in Athens, Greece where she was born and educated. She has also worked and lived in Norway and Belgium. Although a city dweller and ‘letters’ person’, she has always been interested in Nature, wildlife, arts and crafts. Georgie has done a lot of natural living and child care voluntary work. She’s an expert at languages and translates for Local Futures.
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