Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow & Director of the Transforming Cultures Project
Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, where he has studied cultural change, consumerism, sustainability education, economic degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, and sustainable communities over the past 15 years. Erik has directedtwo editions of Vital Signs and five editions of State of the World, including the upcoming State of the World 2017.
Erik also directs Worldwatch Institute’s Transforming Cultures Project, which focuses on how we can transform cultures so that living sustainably feels as natural as living as a consumer feels today. Through this project, Erik directed State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability. He then designed Catan: Oil Springs, an eco-educational scenario for the popular board game Settlers of Catan. After that he created Yardfarmers,a reality TV show concept and transmedia project to help prepare American millennials for an era of degrowth, by encouraging them to convert America’s 40 million acres of lawns into smallholder farms or “yardfarms.” Currently, Erik is leading a new effort around rethinking education for life on a changing planet. This EarthEd initiative will be the focus of State of the World 2017.
Over the years Erik has been interviewed by media around the world and has given numerous presentations to communicate his research findings. Before joining Worldwatch, Erik learned environmental organizing as a fellow with Green Corps. He graduated from Dartmouth College with majors in Psychology and Religion modified with Anthropology.
- “Building an Enduring Environmental Movement” in State of the World 2013 (Island Press, 2013)
- “Re-engineering Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization,” in State of the World 2013 (Island Press, 2013)
- "The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries," in State of the World 2012 (Island Press, 2012)
- "The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures," in State of the World 2010 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010).
- “Living Earth Ethics,” World Watch, 2008–2009.
- "Engaging Communities for a Sustainable World," in State of the World 2008 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2008).
- "Transforming Corporations," in State of the World 2006 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006).
- "Laying the Foundations for Peace," in State of the World 2005 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2005), co-authored with Hilary French and Gary Gardner.
- "Rethinking the Good Life," in State of the World 2004 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004), co-authored with Gary Gardner.
- "The State of Consumption Today," in State of the World 2004 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004), co-authored with Gary Gardner and Radhika Sarin.
- "What is Sustainability, Anyway?" in World Watch, September/October 2003, co-authored with Tom Prugh.
- "The Growing Value of Gardens," in World Watch, January/February 2003.