Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute where he has studied cultural change, consumerism, degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, religion, and sustainable communities over the past 13 years.
In 2013, Erik co-directed State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? He is author of two chapters of the report “Re-engineering Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization” and “Building an Enduring Environmental Movement.” In 2012, Erik co-directed State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity and wrote “The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries” for the report and continues to research and write on degrowth.
Erik also directed State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability and wrote “The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures.” Erik continues to direct the 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. Most recently, through this project, Erik co-designed an eco-educational scenario for the popular board game Settlers of Catan, Catan: Oil Springs, which he hopes will help players grapple personally with climate change, the tragedy of the commons, and the challenges that come with continued growth in a finite system.
Currently, Erik is developing a reality TV show, writing for The Guardian’s Sustainable Business blog, managing the US hub of Future Perfect, and is preparing to teach a course on sustainability and resilience at Goucher College this winter. He is also spending a huge amount of time taking care of his son and trying to guide his parenting in a way that increases the odds that his son will survive the coming ecological transition (and probable civilizational collapse)–and is writing about this at raisinganecowarrior.net.