Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Director of Transforming Cultures Project, Co-Director: State of the World 2013 and 2012
Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, where he has studied cultural change, consumerism, economic degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, and sustainable communities over the past 11 years. Erik has directed two editions of Vital Signs and four editions of State of the World, including State of the World 2013.
Erik also directs Worldwatch’s Yardfarmers project and Transforming Cultures project, which explores innovative new ways to intentionally and proactively transform cultural norms 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 and designed Catan: Oil Springs, an eco-educational scenario for the popular board game Settlers of Catan.
Over the years he has been interviewed by media around the world and has traveled extensively to communicate his research findings. Before joining Worldwatch, Erik learned environmental organizing as a fellow with Green Corps, and worked as a Toxics and Environmental Health Field Organizer with U.S. PIRG. 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.