“I have dedicated my life to Earth healing, starting with urban communities.”
Orion Kriegman is the former Co-Director of NET New England, addressing challenges of community resilience at a regional level, where he co-founded and led Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET), a community-driven project in Boston pioneering a “new” economy that is place-based, sustainable, and reduces race and class inequity.
Prior to this he was an Associate at Tellus Institute, where he served for many years as Coordinator of the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), an international network of scholars and activists exploring scenarios of sustainable global development. In the past, he has focused on ways to enhance meaningful community participation in the sustainable development of urban neighborhoods. Orion has coordinated the creation of the Urban Ecovillage Network, and was the Project Officer for Reflecting on Peace Practice, a practitioner’s learning network gathering lessons learned about various peace-building efforts in internal armed conflicts. He also worked for two years in Guatemala with the Organization of American States to help government and civil society implement the policies outlined in the peace accords.
Orion holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.