Initially trained as an economist, I work as a senior outreach faculty member at Cornell University. I am affiliated with the Community and Regional Development Institute in Cornell’s Department of Global Development. I am interested primarily in community decision making and governance; the institutional, policy and personal changes needed for an energy transition in the US; and the responses of individuals and communities to the increasing risks posed by climate change.
“ATB started in July 1992 in the schools of Auroville as a programme to help children increase their capacity for attention, concentration and relaxation, and to enhance their ability for self awareness and their sense of responsibility. Nowadays, it is offered to adults as well as to children.
Through a wide variety of exercises and games, ATB offers individuals opportunities to come to know themselves better, to explore the complexity of their being, and find ways to integrate and harmonise this complexity around the inmost centre of their being.”
As the initiator and coordinator of AMA, I feel a deep commitment to the project‘s original intention and ambition. I care particularly about community building and see my conceptual work as a support for community empowerment. I love the diversity of perspectives that we aspire to integrate and the challenges that this aspiration means for my own development. I believe in the intrinsic goodness of all humans and tend to see the unity and connectedness behind apparent cultural or disciplinary differences.
My Background and Expertise:
- PhD in Physics (self-assembly in nano-structures)
- Facilitation & Moderation (Art of Hosting, Design Thinking…)
- Complex systems dynamics (self-organization, emergence)
- Transdisciplinarity & co-creation
- Anthropocene, earth-system science
- Climate change, geoengineering
- Facilitating the team; creating structures, containers and visuals
- Coordinating the website, database, and board of curators
- Vision and strategy development
- Holding space for the formation of trusting relationships & networks
- Presenting AMA to the public
- Administrative and strategic coordination within the IASS