Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. He’s currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller.
Adam Payne is a member of PEDAL and also a member of the workers’ cooperative OrganicLea.
Lee Hall is a playwright and screenwriter from Newcastle. He most famously wrote Billy Elliot and the stage play The Pitmen Painters. He is currently working on a film adaption of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London.
Eli Smith is a banjo player, writer, researcher and promoter of folk music living in New York City. Eli is a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist. He runs two folk festivals annually, the Brooklyn Folk Festival in the Spring and Washington Square Park Folk Festival in the Fall.
John Gurney is author of Gerrard Winstanley: the Digger’s Life and Legacy (to be published by Pluto Press in November) and Brave Community: the Digger Movement in the English Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2007; reissued in paperback, 2012).
Megan Saunders has been working at the community-owned Real Food Store since it opened 18 months ago. She is passionate about supporting local food businesses and has combined this personal interest into her academic and professional career, working to promote the importance of supporting local farmers within her local community.
Derek Wall is former Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales. He is a founder member of Green Left and the Ecosocialist International, his books include the No Nonsense Guide to Green Politics
Dave Boyle is a writer and consultant. He was formerly vice-chair of the English Football Supporters’ Federation and worked at Supporters Direct from 2000-2011, the last three as chief executive. He blogs at daveboyle.net and as @theboyler on Twitter.
James John Bell and J Cookson founded Smartmeme Studios in Washington, USA. They provide communications strategy, design, and marketing services to organizations all over North America, from international nonprofits to businesses working to go green.
Chuck Morse is an American translator, editor, and writer. He translated Juan Suriano’s Paradoxes of Utopia: Anarchist Culture and Politics in Buenos Aires, 1890–1910 and Abel Paz’s Durruti in the Spanish Revolution (both AK Press). He also publishes widely on urban affairs. He is presently writing about the city of Oakland, where he lives, at the Project Oakland blog
Sujatha Fernandes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures; Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela; and Close to the Edge.
Denise Sullivan is the author of Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music From Blues to Hip Hop.
Katrina Ceguera lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is writing and starting a housing collective. She studied renewable energy at UC Santa Barbara and was a cyclist and route organizer on the first ever Co-Cycle tour.
Nick Reading is, amongst other things, a rehabilitated artist and part-time writer. He works in public affairs and has previously contributed to the Democracy2015 campaign. He is active on Twitter @nickreading1
Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. His books include The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy (2008), The Remains of Being (2009), and most recently, Hermeneutic Communism (2011, coauthored with G. Vattimo), all published by Columbia University Press.
Florence Scialom is a Masters student at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She is living in Totnes for three months as part of her research into local economies and (alternative measures of progress outside of) economic growth.
Sam Halvorsen has been involved in various social movements over the last decade, most recently Occupy London, and is also doing a PhD at UCL on the geographies of autonomous politics based on his experiences with Occupy. He helped set up the Occupy Research Collective to provide a space for negotiating between these dual roles of researcher and activist.
Lynn Tolman is originally from the Sussex coast, and is now a social entrepreneur based in Anfield, North Liverpool. She trained as an archaeologist and runs a virtual hotel. homeadvantageliverpool.com
Ben Mann is a freelance cameraman and filmmaker. He previously worked in international development in Guatemala and Vietnam, before directing Best Before: the London food revolution. He is currently working on his next film, Invisible: London’s second class citizens.
George Monbiot is an environmental activist and author of the bestselling books The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man’s Land. His latest book is Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding is published by Allen Lane. He blogs at monbiot.com. @GeorgeMonbiot
David Bollier is an independent commons scholar who works with the Commons Strategy Group and blogs at Bollier.org. He is the author of ten books, most recently co-editing the anthology The Wealth of the Commons published by The Levellers Press.
Dougald Hine is a British writer and social thinker responsible for a series of organisations that have caught people’s imagination. These include School of Everything, the civic ideas agency Spacemakers, and the Dark Mountain Project. He left London last year and is slowly arriving in Stockholm. dougald.co.uk
Mark Watson is chairman of Sustainable Bungay, a transition initiative in Suffolk. www.sustainablebungay.com. He is also the distribution manager for the Transition Free Press transitionfreepress.org. @markinflowers
Germán Gullón is a designer and illustrator from Madrid. www.germanicoelemento.com
Jade They is a freelance illustrator living and working in London. www.jadethey.com
Alex Charnley is a political artist and contributor to the Occupied Times of London. www.alexcharnley.com
Matthew Frame is an illustrator based in London with a keen interest in politics and activism. www.mrmrframe.com
David Kerr is an Illustrator currently based in Glasgow. www.davidpeterkerr.com
William Exley is an illustrator/print maker, currently living in London. www.williamexley.co.uk
Lindsay Draws is a founding member of the Caged Bird Club Collective. She lives in East London.
Sam Parr is an artist and illustrator living in Yorkshire. www.samparr.co.uk
Roger Highfield is co-author of Supercooperators: Beyond Survival of the Fittest. He is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group and former editor of the New Scientist between 2008
Fergus Walker grew up in the Isle of Skye. He studied traditional wooden boat building at Fosen Folk High School, Norway, then on to study Product Design at Dundee University. Here he went against the grain and built the People Powered Flour Mill.
Terrence Howard is secretary to SCAM, Chairman of Sheffield Ramblers and President of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers.
Marina Sitrin is a writer, lawyer, teacher, organizer, militant and dreamer. She is author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism & Autonomy in Argentina (2012) and co-author of They Can’t Represent US! Real Democracy of the 99% (2012) published by Verso.
Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce are the recipients of the duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for their first film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (HBO/Cinemax). Bruce and Hayes also produced and directed Held Hostage in Colombia, a documentary about three American contractors captured and held hostage by FARC guerrillas in Colombia, and the 2008 Target® Filmmaker Award-winning Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship. In 2010, they co-authored the award-winning non-fiction book Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs, published by Knopf.
Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of Treasure Islands, and part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens.
Feeding the 5000 was launched by Waste author Tristram Stuart. Martin Bowman is the gleaning coordinator and Niki Charalampopoulou is Policy and Campaigns Manager.
Leah Borromeo has more than a decade’s experience in television news at an editorial level. As a journalist and filmmaker she bridges a parallel arts practice with documentary to extract new angles and emotions around factual narratives. She is currently directing and presenting a series of short films on arts activism for Channel 4’s “Random Acts” and recently hosted Resonance FM’s “The Left Bank Show”. In addition to a host of freelance commissions on arts, politics and civil liberties, she co-owns The Comment Factory and is part of a team that won an award for Innovation in Journalism.
Jay Tompt is a coordinator of the REconomy Project Totnes; he is also founder and business manager of the Transition Free Press, and founder and managing director of William Verde & Associates.
Sean Farmelo and Hattie Craig are students at the University of Birmingham and founders of the Birmingham Students Housing Co-operative and Students For Cooperation. Sean is a final year philosophy student and Hattie is a second year studying international relations with political science.
Paul Kingsnorth is author of two non-fiction books: One No, Many Yeses, and Real England, as well as a collection of poetry, Kidland. He is cofounder and director of the Dark Mountain Project and blogs at www. paulkingsnorth.net. Find out more about The Wake by visiting www.unbound.co.uk/books/the-wake
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and Director of Research and Marketing for Cutting Edge Capital. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. He helped co-found BALLE, which represents 22,000 local businesses in North America in 80 communities, and is now a Fellow there.
Patrick Chalmers is a journalist and author of Fraudcast News — How Bad Journalism Supports Our Bogus Democracies. You can listen to him talking about Fraudcast News in a “pop-up” interview from last year’s Rebellious Media Conference.
Will Simpson is one of the founding members of The Easton Cowboys. He is author of Freedom Through Football: The Story Of The Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls which will be published by Tangent Books this summer.
David Boyle is the author of a range of books about history, social change, politics and the future including Money Matters: Putting the Eco Back Into Economics and Funny Money: In Search of Alternative Cash. He has been editor of a number of publications including Town & Country Planning, Community Network, New Economics, Liberal Democrat News and Radical Economics. He is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation.
Lizzy Willmington is a member of Craftivism Wellington
Keith McHenry is an artist and author who helped start Food Not Bombs in Massachusetts in 1980. He has recovered, cooked and shared food with the hungry for over 30 years. He has been arrested for his involvement with Food Not Bombs, spending over 500 nights in jail and at one point faced life in prison. He has traveled all over the world speaking at colleges, books stores and cafes while sharing free vegan meals with many of the over 1,000 Food Not Bombs groups active around the world. When he isn’t on the road Keith lives in Taos, New Mexico, tending to his garden, writing, painting and helping coordinate logistics for the Food Not Bombs movement.
Rob Hopkins is co-founder of the Transition Network and Transition Totnes.
Franco Iacomella is the Executive Director of the P2P Foundation. He blogs here.
Ian Westmoreland is an activist at Transition Heathrow.
scott crow is a community organizer, writer, strategist and speaker who advocates the philosophy and practices of anarchism for social, environmental, and economic aims. or over almost two decades he has continued to use his experience and ideas in co-founding and co-organizing numerous radical grassroots projects in Texas, including Treasure City Thrift, Radical Encuentro Camp, UPROAR (United People Resisting Oppression and Racism), Dirty South Earth First! and the Common Ground Collective, the largest anarchist influenced organization in modern U.S. history to date.
Charlotte Du Cann is a writer and community activist, working with the Transition Network and the Dark Mountain Project. An ex-journalist, she now edits several community blogs, This Low Carbon Life, The Social Reporters Project and the OneWorldColumn. Her book 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth i(Two Ravens Press) will be published on August 1. You can find a selection of recent writings on http://charlotteducann.blogspot.com.
Clare Joy and Naomi Glass are members of OrganicLea. The Hawkwood growing site is open for anyone to visit, to participate in project stories, and to join a guided site tour on the last Sunday of every month from 12-4pm. More information at www.organiclea.org.uk. You can also read their Growers Blog.
Sam Bailey is an MA student from London, currently studying Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University. He has also worked for and with a variety of charities, student projects and youth organisations, primarily focused around access to education and providing sport and youth services to disadvantaged young people. He has been working with Football Beyond Borders for over two years and was the joint project leader of Football Beyond Borders: London 2011.
Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research, and a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His many books include Infinitely Demanding, Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity, The Book of Dead Philosophers, and most recently, The Faith of Faithless published by Verso.
Katherine Darling works for the Plunkett Foundation which helps rural communities through community-ownership and advice.
Nik Gorecki is a co-manager at the long-standing radical booksellers Housmans Bookshop in King’s Cross, London.
Brian Van Slyke’s adventures in the popular education and cooperative economics movements began in 2005 when he founded a record label that soon became a worker collective. In 2007, he facilitated a participatory class at a community-learning center for teens in Massachusetts about starting cooperatively-run record labels. That experience cemented his dedication to democratizing education for democratizing our workplaces, economy, and society. Since then, Brian has designed workshops, curricula, board games, and other educational resources on topics ranging from people’s history to co-ops and social change movements. Brian is a member of the worker-ownedcooperative The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), which designs participatory educational resources for social and economic change. He can be reached at: brian AT toolboxfored DOT org
Jason Cridland is the Joint Coordinating Editor of Dorset Eye, a citizen-led media hub in Dorset that is due to be launched in late Spring. He is also a part time lecturer in a further education college and editor of the website The Ultimate Shambles.
John Stewart has campaigned on environmental issues for more than 30 years. Most recently he chaired the coalition which defeated plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow. In 2008 he was voted by the Independent on Sunday as the the UK’s ‘most effective environmentalist’. He blogs for STIR about aviation activism.
Essential Trading Co-operative is a worker-owned organic food wholesaler based in Bristol. It supports strikers with food and pallets for fire wood, and also sponsors the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory and most recently The Beach Beneath the Street. He teaches at the New School for Social Research in New York City. The Beach Beneath the Street is available from Verso.
John Gledhill is the Max Gluckman Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His publications include the books Casi Nada: Agrarian Reform in the Homeland of Cardenismo and Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics.
Dan Hind was a publisher for ten years. In 2009 he left the industry to develop a program of media reform centred around public commissioning. His journalism has appeared in the New Scientist, Al Jazeera online and Lobster. He is the author of two books – The Threat to Reason and The Return of the Public. Return of the Public is the winner of the 2011 Best Book of Ideas prize at the Bristol Festival of Ideas.
Matthew Steele works part-time as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, incubating food cooperative start-ups at universities and consulting with existing cooperatives. He also works part-time as a food ethnographer through the University of Pennsylvania, studying and documenting the local food movement, specifically market creation in areas of low access. Matt facilitated the creation of the University of Washington Student Food Cooperative (UWSFC) before moving to Philadelphia to focus on community development in North Philadelphia in conjunction with the work of his partner, Fernando Montero, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alberto Toscano teaches sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Fanaticism: A History of an Idea, and an editor of the journal Historical Materialism.
George McKay is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, UK. He has written extensively over the years about alternative cultures and music, the cultures of radical politics and social movements, in books like Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (1996), DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (editor, 1998), Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (2000) and Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (2005). His latest book, Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism & Rebellion in the Garden, was published in May 2011 by France Lincoln. His next, Shakin’ All Over: Rock, Popular Music and Disability, is published by the University of Michigan Press in 2012. He maintains a website at http://georgemckay.org
David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. He has written for Harper’s, The Nation, Mute, and The New Left Review.
Debbie Clarke has worked at Unicorn for nearly 8 years, after originally having planned to stay 6 months. She has lived in Manchester most of her life and is involved in several community food projects locally. ‘I still love working at Unicorn after all these years, and although it’s been nearly 8 years I still regularly get a buzz when I’m reminded what a great job we do and how proud I am to be part of it’.
Rashmi Rangnath is a Staff Attorney and the Director of the Global Knowledge Initiative at Public Knowledge. Her current focus is on copyright and patent law issues.
Amy Clancy is a graduate student in Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. She works and resides in Leeds and is an active participant in the Really Open University. More information can be found on the Really Open University blog http://reallyopenuniversity.wordpress.com
Ben Price is Project Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) based in Pennsylvania, U.S. A. He can be contacted at BenGPrice@aol.com. For information on Democracy Schools, contact The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund email@example.com.
Dan Glass is an activist / writer / presenter / mischief maker and a critical-campaigning trainer. Recent winner of ‘UK youth climate leader‘ (Guardian) and ‘new role model’ (Attitude Magazine) for bridging LGBTQ and environmental justice movements. Dan is a Plane Stupid activist, So We Stand co-founder and coordinator of The Glass is Half Full action-lab. For 10 years Dan has revelled in creating militant and cheeky ways to be a thorn in the side for those destroying the planet and duly sticks himself to Prime Minsters in 10 Downing Street, occupies airports, dances with old ladies blighted by flightpaths and regularly speaks about and helps facilitate a range of trainings from organising political trials, anti-oppression, direct action and is currently organising the 2012 Summer Activism School in Social Justice Community Organising. Contact Dan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mat Callahan is a musician and author from San Francisco, now residing in Bern, Switzerland. He composed and performed music with seminal world-beat band, The Looters, whose success led to the founding of the artists’ collective Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death and the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble With Music. He can be contacted at: email@example.com or http://www.matcallahan.com
Dr Mark Everard’s new book Common Ground: The Sharing of Land and Landscapes for Sustainability is published by Zed Books, London. You can find out more about Mark’s other books and work at http://www.markeverard.co.uk
Michael Newman trained as a science teacher to deliver the then newly created national curriculum,attended the Speakers Conference on Citizenship in 1990. He has also worked at A. S. Neill’s Summerhill School for over 11 years as teacher and then houseparent, facilitating the children’s campaign to save the school in 1999, and organising events with them ever since to share Summerhill’s history and philosophy with other children and educationalists. For the past six years he has been a school project worker for active global citizenship working with primary and secondary schools in Tower Hamlets and London, working on children’s and human rights, local democracy, sustainability, ICT, community cohesion, and co-operative enterprise.
Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University. She is the co-editor of Alain Badiou’s On Beckett and his Political Writings. Nina has published widely on topics including Iran, humanism, vintage pornography and Marxism. Her book One Dimensional Woman is published by O-Books. She also blogs at Infinite Thought
Wu Ming 1 is a member of the Wu Ming Foundation, grew up in the lands between Ferrara and the Adriatic Sea which are depicted in his story, and blogs at www.wumingfoundation.com
Gabriel Kuhn is an Austrian-born writer and translator, currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. He publishes on a variety of subjects, including anarchism, subculture, and sports. Among his most recent books are Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics (PM Press, 2010) and Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics (PM Press, 2011).
Stephen Duncombe is Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York University where he teaches the history and politics of media. He is author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and the editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader.
Maxwell Tremblay writes for Maximumrocknroll, plays drums in the band SLEEPiES, and is a doctoral student in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.
Roger Peet is an artist and a printmaker. His work tends to focus on the contemporary crisis of biodiversity and what can and can’t be done about it. He is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a group of North American artists producing socially and environmentally engaged artwork. You can see his work at Too Sphexy.
Guppi Bola came into food justice activism after having a brainwave with her partner-in-crime Casper Ter Kuile on Brighton beach. She gets fired up by the environmental and health impacts of the food industry, but has enjoyed exploring new food based campaign tactics after helping run the Create Justice Through Food programme earlier this summer. Guppi’s academic background is in public health, her “spare time” is spent on activism.
Bethan Graham started thinking more consciously about food after dicing what felt like a thousand onions in the Wales neighbourhood kitchen in the Kingsnorth Climate Camp in 2008. Since then, she has been involved in community kitchen and food growing projects in Leeds and Swansea, and has recently moved to London.
David Bollier is an independent commons scholar who works with the Commons Strategy Group and blogs at Bollier.org. He is the author of ten books, most recently Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own www.viralspiral.cc.
Marianne Maeckelbergh is lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, Netherlands. She has 15 years experience as an activist, organising and facilitating exactly the decision-making processes that lie at the heart of her study. Her book The Will of Many is available from Pluto Press.
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets. You can find them at Justseeds
Transition Heathrow aims to bring to light the environmental damage and misery future airport expansion at Heathrow will bring to local residents and businesses. Their objective is to build permanent and sustainable communities within threatened areas to offer and show a viable alternative to the bulldozing of green spaces, houses, lives and history. Grow Heathrow welcomes visitors & volunteers. For more information visit Transition Heathrow
Planting Justice is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. They are the first organization of their kind to combine ecological training and urban food production with a grassroots door-to-door organizing model that vastly increases their educational community outreach, help them to recruit volunteers, decentralizes fundraising sources, and provides local jobs that also train young community organizers. You can see the work they do at Planting Justice
Envision Spokane aim to build an economically and environmentally sustainable community through democratic self-governance. To learn more about their Bill of Rights go to Envision Spokane and The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Dan Piraro is a cartoonist who has won 11 awards for Bizarro. For his animal rights-themed cartoon, he won the Humane Society’s Genesis Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of 2002. His work can be found at Bizzaro
Brandon Jourdan is an award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer. His film, the July War, is based on the 2006 war in Lebanon and the consequences of the war. Jourdan has contributed to the NY Times, CNN, Babelgum, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Democracy Now!, the Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech Television. He is currently based in the Netherlands, where he is working on a film about reactions to the financial crisis. He blogs at Brandon Jourdan