The Team

Angus Finn MacLeod

Angus Finn MacLeod

Videography

Angus is an independent filmmaker and multimedia artist, currently studying for a BA in Electronic Media and the Arts at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Alongside helping produce various independent films, Angus also works as a Media Intern with the National Park Service in collaboration with Housatonic Heritage, creating AR displays and short documentaries to preserve and digitize notable cultural heritage sites. He desires to help people and the world, to move past an increasingly toxic world to one where a meaningful, free life can truly be lived. Angus is an avid drummer, artist, and writer, in the form of both creative fiction and journalism, and takes part in political and ecological activism.

Anto Ferraro

Anto Ferraro

Project Management

Anto is a life explorer in constant movement. She is passionate about designing and facilitating creative, humane and genuine collective experiences and discovering the patterns that enable us to be our most authentic version. She is an architect with knowledge in systemic thinking and has worked with NGOs, companies and governments accompanying communities, mentoring entrepreneurs and leading environmental management and education processes and triple impact projects.

Bjorn Michael

Bjorn Michael

Management and Innovation

Björn is a life coach and facilitator, who believes that fulfillment and contentment make people peaceful and generous. He is passionate about creating safe spaces for sharing vulnerability. As a mentor, Björn enables people to feel comfortable and serves them to achieve a sustainable life transformation. Originally from Germany, he moved with his wife and daughter to the UK in 2015. Björn aims to make people happier and more confident. He also writes about personal development on his blog. He is an advocate for empathic communication with his podcast Eine Dosis Empathie (A Dose of Empathy) and the Empathy Lounge he founded in 2020.

Crystal Arnold

Crystal Arnold

OANM General Manager/Lead Trainer

Crystal Arnold is the founder of Money-Morphosis and two online webinar courses. After graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2007 with a degree in international economics, she has designed and facilitated workshops, community events, and discussion panels about money. She has inspired hundreds of people to have a healthier relationship with money. Her courses serve to illuminate the individual’s relationship with money and value. As a financial coach, she encourages people to live their potential. Her written work has appeared in journals, magazines, and in the book called Reinhabiting the Village. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.

dani Leonardo

dani Leonardo

Facilitator/Trainer

Dani is a facilitator, youth mentor, writer & musician, passionate about community building and the role of art & music in healing & justice work. Dani got connected with the PGI through the Offers and Needs Market and now works as part of the OANM team. Dani is a youth mentor, facilitating circles with Rogue Valley Mentoring. Dani was born and raised in Ashland Oregon & loves to snowboard in winter, plant seeds in spring, explore rivers in summer, jump in leaf piles in fall & admire the color purple all year round.

Donnie MacLurcan

Donnie MacLurcan

OANM Creator/Lead Trainer

Donnie Maclurcan is passionate about all things not-for-profit. Originally from Australia, he moved to the U.S. in 2013, from where he leads the Post Growth Institute, exploring how we accelerate the transition to a society that thrives within ecological limits. Donnie sees purpose-driven business as central to this shift, drawing from his work as a consultant to more than 400 not-for-profit projects. An Affiliate Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Donnie holds a Ph.D. in social science, with his research having explored nanotechnology’s implications for global inequality and sustainability. He is currently working on his third book: How on Earth: Our future is not for profit.

Emily Malkin

Emily Malkin

Research and impact analysis

Emily Malkin is a Master’s student of International Development writing her thesis on the Offers and Needs Markets process. Emily is interested in ideas around degrowth and post growth, circular economy, participatory governance, consumption reduction, redistribution, sociocracy, veganism, ethical travel and volunteering. Emily is also a keen videographer. She has made films for activist movements and grassroots initiatives.

Gabriela Safay

Gabriela Safay

Communications

Gabriela is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sustainability with a minor in Marketing at Oregon State University. She is passionate about regenerative economies, social justice, and using grief as a tool for connection and transformation. She found out about the PGI through an internship with SOCAN, where she created the Businesses Taking Action Survey to measure the social and environmental impacts of local businesses. She wants to help shape a world where economies work for nature, not against it. She was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, and enjoys reading, writing, dancing, rock climbing, and traveling to new places.

Jennifer Damashek

Jennifer Damashek

Web, Communications, Strategy

Jennifer is an educator with a BSc in Biology and Psychology and a deep desire to live in a world that works for everyone. She became interested in alternative economic models decades ago when she realized poverty and hunger were the results of the way our global economy currently operates. Born and raised in the maritime region of Canada, she lives in Virginia, USA, and loves dancing and singing to the music of the Rolling Stones.

Kristel Bodensiek

Kristel Bodensiek

Graphic Design

Kristel is a freelance graphic designer, Art of Hosting practitioner, and graphic facilitator who is passionate about creating spaces of honesty and transformation. She developed an interest in the post-growth worldview through courses in ecovillage design and the Youth Initiative Program, a year-long experience with activists from all over the planet on alternative solutions to global challenges. Kristel is currently studying for an undergraduate art degree while opening a fresh pasta business. Born in Bogotá, raised in Germany, and based in Edinburgh, Kristel speaks fluent Spanish, German, and English. She is completely obsessed with craft materials, chocolate, and dogs.

Olga Cojocariu

Olga Cojocariu

Strategy and Innovation

Olga graduated with a master degree in Business Law, and a postgraduate in entrepreneurship from the United Spaces and Germany.  Olga has spent a large part of her life abroad. She has worked with European institutions, law firms, and NGOs and is the founder of a tech start-up called BumbleBee Space.

Tyler Harris

Tyler Harris

Operations

Through his work within the Klamath Falls community and abroad, Tyler focuses on making a positive impact through the empowerment of community programs and collaborative development. Tyler graduated from Oregon Tech a Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management with a minor in Applied Statistics. His education, coupled with a long history of event planning and team coordination, provided the foundation to assuage his desire to promote the prosperity of his neighbors.

Vanessa Michael

Vanessa Michael

Movement-building coordinator

Vanessa is passionate about systemic sustainable living and business, and believes that a prosperous future within planetary boundaries lies beyond overconsumption and the growth dogma. Originally an experienced packaging engineer, she discovered her purpose for helping people to help the planet and became a Global Learning professional. Vanessa is also a director of NOW (No Other Way) . As ‘The Vintage Environmentalist’ she publishes articles, delivers talks, and provides coaching to help people live a conscious and ecological life. Originally from Germany and based in the UK, Vanessa loves to leave-no-trace wild camp and wild swim with her husband and daughter.

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