Author | Educator | Circular Economy Radical
I help communities and organizations shift towards the circular economy. I’m also a writer and publisher, and a lecturer at Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies in Bangkok, Thailand, where I teach active-learning courses related to sustainability, social innovation, social enterprise, and advocacy.
Humanity has pushed itself into a bit of a corner. Now that we’re here, we have some tough choices to make and a whole lot of hard work to get ourselves on a better path. So be it. Let’s get to work.
What I Do
Circular Design Lab teaches communities to work on major social and environmental challenges. We’re also creating a framework and toolkit for systemic design, a hybrid approach that marries design and systems thinking.
Full Circle Filament is a social enterprise, that will work with informal waste collectors to source and recycle plastic bottles to create high-quality 3D printing filament. The project started through a partnership with Covestro, Endeva, and Filabot. If successful, we plan to develop a broader set of initiatives that will work to turn low-value waste plastics into socially-valuable products.
Linear to Circular helps firms analyze their waste streams, design programs tailored to create financial and environmental benefits, as well as program implementation. We also help firms set strategy to move towards the circular economy.
Wicked Problems Collaborative focuses on humanity’s biggest challenges. Our first book was an anthology on inequality “What Do We Do About Inequality?” I’m getting ready to publish “Pandemic Capitalism,” which looks at systemic challenges and advocates for basic incomes, and I’m also finishing up The Dividing Kingdom, which takes a look at the UK’s ongoing quandary in the context of growing global challenges.
Why I Teach
I’m an adjunct faculty member at Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies. A couple of our students, Dean Chang Huber and Chayanat B Supasongklod, interviewed me for a class project where I discussed my reasons for teaching in the program.
My writing interests run the gamut of major social and environmental issues known as wicked problems, including the ways in which businesses interact with and impact systems in looking to foster more just and sustainable societies.
I have written for a variety of publications, including The RSA, The Week, Social Space, and the Harvard Business Review, as well as sustainability-focused outlets like CSR Asia, Sustainable Brands, the Inclusive Business Hub, CSRwire, and Triple Pundit, and I formerly wrote a regular column for SALT Magazine on integrating purpose in business.
Pandemic Capitalism – Book Trailer
Wicked Problems & Circular Systems Podcast
The WPCS Podcast digs into the big challenges and hopeful possibilities of our time. Hit the Follow button if you’d like to receive updates for new episodes or subscribe to my newsletter via the form at the bottom of this page (which includes podcast notifications).
Essays and Whatnot
The Dangers of Brexit
- Boris Johnson has Britain barreling toward a disastrous no-deal Brexit
- The U.K. has 2 very bad choices for the next prime minister
- Boris is Unfit
- Brexit is a huge mistake. It’s not too late to stop it
The Necessity of Circularity
Challenging Your Beliefs
On Driverless Cars
Avoiding Corporate Calcification
- It’s time to reframe corporate sustainability
- Disrupt the corporate immune system
- Pump up the jazz…because orchestral business won’t survive
The Sustainable Cities Competition
Circular Design Lab
The Future of Work
Our Treatment of Refugees
Supporting Social Innovations
The Sufficiency Economy
Our Broken Economic System
Circular Economy is Good Business
On the Role of Sustainability Leaders
Advocacy, Purpose and Engagement
I lecture at Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies (SGS), a Fellow and Global Ambassador of The Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Pledge on Food Waste (a certification program that helps hospitality organizations reduce their food waste), and a mentor and country lead for the Circular Economy Club.
At SGS, I launched an effort that creates academic case studies around social innovation and social enterprise in the ASEAN context, and I teach courses that are designed for active-learning around the same topics. As a Global Ambassador of the RSA, I host events like the Bangkok Talks series in collaboration with the School of Global Studies at Thammasat University. The RSA has also provided grant money to help support the Circular Design Lab. As Thailand’s Organizer for the Circular Economy Club, I host events that bring together circular economy proponents for collaborative learning. I’m a member of the Board of Advisors for The Pledge on Food Waste, where I’ve provided guidance for the certification program’s creation and ongoing evolution.
For more about my background, please check out my LI profile, or click on the logos above to learn more about the organizations I’m involved with.