Worked for many years organizing social development projects throughout Asia and South America. He earned a doctorate in Social Welfare, with a specialization in community economic development. He has taught community practice and social policy at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University. His research has focused on the application of comprehensive community initiatives to address critical social and economic problems. For over 30 years, he has studied and lectured on Prout theory. He is particularly interested in local economic planning, economic democracy, and the development of cooperatives based on Proutist principles.
2. Alanna Hartzok (USA)
Also lived in Austria, Canada and Lebanon. B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University; M.A. from West Georgia College, Psychology; Advanced Training at Canadian Institute of Psychosynthesis, California Institute of Integral Studies and Henry George School of Social Science. Co-Founder and Co-Director of Earth Rights Institute, projects include ecovillage development, humanitarian aid to Africa and work to establish transparent resource rent funds in Niger Delta region of Nigeria. UN NGO Representative working with UN Habitat’s newly launched Global Land Tool Network developing education, training and implementation programs for land value taxation policy. Part-time private practice in psycho-spiritual psychotherapy. Since first hearing about Prout in a lecture in1973, its principles have informed her work and worldview. www.earthrights.net
3. Doris Olivers (USA)
MA in geography at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying globalization, international development, and alternative futures. Her thesis is a critique of neoliberalism and counter hegemonic movements. She has been a Proutist for 35 years, raised four children, gardens organically, has worked in alternative schools, and tutored English and writing. For the past ten years she have been a student of human rights and postcolonial history. An activist for social justice, she has attended four World Social Forums in Brazil and India. She stands in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the world working for a common future of economic democracy, dignity, and peace.
4. Diego Esteche Nunes (Brasil)
BSc in Economics, University of Sao Paulo, employed at ABN AMRO Bank, New York. A former student activist, he has studied Prout for more than 15 years. Areas of interest are macroeconomics and economic development.
5. Clark Forden (Canada/USA)
Executive Director of Proutist Universal, Inc., Washington, DC since 1988. Has over twenty years of mid and top-level management experience with not-for-profit community organizations and small businesses. Works in commercial radio, alternative media, and has been the communications coordinator of the global Peoples News Agency. Organized and led hundreds of seminars and training events in North America, Europe, Brazil, India and elsewhere. Had a student relationship with Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, from 1979 to 1990. Member of the PU team contracted by PDVSA to lecture on Prout and cooperatives in Venezuela in 2005.
6. Jake Karlyle (Australia)
Prout activist for 30 years, co-author of Progressive Socialism. He personally studied under P.R. Sarkar and worked for Proutist Universal in Kolkata, India from 1983 to 1995, coordinating the editing and translation of Sarkar’s Prout in a Nutshell compiled works. Founding director of the Prout Institute of Australia www.pia.info
7. Matt Oppenheim (USA)
BA (edited) laude: U.C. Santa Barbara, social anthropology, MA in Applied Anthropology (best thesis award), California State University Long Beach. PhD in progress in Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies. Professional focus is indigenous education, community development, community/school collaboration, family literacy, and sustainable economics. PRI studies include: parenting programs for refugees; an analysis of Aboriginal education in Australia, a program supporting the success of minority students, and regional PROUT studies in Australia, the Ozarks of Missouri and Southern California. Currently a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, has taught at Pomona College, National University, and California State University Channel Islands. A global citizen guided by his spiritual master, P.R. Sarkar, his work has carried him to India, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, and Australia.
8. Nada Khader (Palestina/USA)
BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, MA in Great Books of the East from St. John’s College. Executive Director of WESPAC Foundation, a peace and justice action and educational network of Westchester, Long Island, New York, since May 2001. Served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program in the Gaza Strip and for two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia, North Africa. Served with AmeriCorps in North Carolina and Washington, DC from 1993-1995. She has been a guest speaker at the Socialist Scholars Conference, the “Orange Alert” Conference at Sarah Lawrence College, the “Color of War” Conference at Manhattanville College, the Lower Hudson Valley People’s Assembly, the Mount Vernon Islamic Center, the Interfaith Council and she gave the Commencement Address at the German School of New York. She has been recognized for her peace and justice work by the American Muslim Women’s Association. Serving on the Women Proutists NY Sector Board since 1999. www.wespac.org
9. Shermon Ortega Cruz (Maharlika/Philippines)
Masters in Public Administration and at Northwestern University, Manila. Working as a public policy researcher and policy consultant of the Legislative Council of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte. Member of the Board of Directors of the Teachers Advocacy for Change and Educational Reforms (Teachers). Last year, was the Associate Dean and Department Chair of the Political and Social Sciences of the College of Arts and Sciences and Masters of Arts in Public Administration Graduate Program Coordinator of the Vedasto J. Samonte School of Graduate Studies of Northwestern University. Prout activist, see www.angkasama.net/tpmi, www.angkasama.net/mawf and www.educ-net.org
10. Steve Phillips (USA)
Bachelor of Science Degree at Southern Illinois University, in Natural Resource Management. Expert in retail co-op management, new co-op start-ups, public relations, sales, marketing, financial management and fundraising. Professional experience includes establishing Longmont Co-op Market, Harmony Co-op and Boulder Co-op Market in Colorado, and 17 years as Marketing Manager and Public Relations Manager in Frontier Natural Products Co-op in Iowa. Since 1990 has intensively studied about Prout’s cooperative structure and teaches cooperative classes. Gave Prout cooperative training and presentations in Venezuela during September 2005. Currently organizing a local cooperative economy in Boulder, Colorado. His research and connection with cooperative leaders in Venezuela has created a strong interest in the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela.
11. Dr. Sohail Inayatullah (Pakistan-Australia)
A political scientist, has been a pioneer in the area of futures studies for over 20 years. He is the author/editor of eighteen books and CDROMs and over 300 articles at his website: www.metafuture.org. Dr. Inayatullah is the author/editor of several books on P.R. Sarkar and the Prout movement, including Understanding P. R. Sarkar: The Indian Episteme, Macrohistory and Transformative Knowledge; Situating Sarkar; with the late Jennifer Fitzgerald Transcending Boundaries; and in 2006, with Marcus Bussey and Ivana Milojevic, Neo-humanistic Educational Futures: Liberating the Pedagogical Intellect. He has presented to hundreds of organizations and institutions around the world at local, state, federal and international levels. He is associated with a variety of universities including Tamkang University (Taiwan), University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland University of Technology and the Transcend Peace University. Inayatullah teaches regular policy foresight courses for various government departments in Australia and at the Melbourne Business School. He is co-editor of the Journal of Futures Studies ( http://www2.tku.edu.tw/~tddx/jfs/ ) and associate editor of New Renaissance ( www.ru.org ). He is also theme editor (Globalization and World Systems) of the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems and has contributed articles to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Futures Studies and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophy.
12. Dr. Michael Towsey (New Zealand-Australia)
Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, currently Research Fellow in bioinformatics at the Centre for IT Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. A student of the philosophical works of P.R. Sarkar for the past 30 years, he has published a number of works in the field of philosophy and economics, including Taxation for Sustainable Communities, Self-reliant Regional Development, A Sociology for the New Age, and Eternal Dance of Macrocosm. He has worked at universities and private IT companies in the United Arab Emirates, Germany and elsewhere and presented papers and on the philosophy of P.R. Sarkar to many international conferences. In 2003, he was engaged by the national oil company of Venezuela, PDVSA, to conduct a training seminar on Prout’s cooperative economic system and the role it can play in the development of Venezuela.
13. Prakash Laufer (USA)
Is a board member and treasurer of United for a Fair Economy. Former CEO of Motherwear International, a catalog and web company dedicated to the support of breastfeeding and nurturing parenting. His interests include how businesses can incorporate socially responsible practices into every area of their activity. For 30 years he has been a student of meditation, yoga and Prout, and has been on the board of directors of Proutist Universal of North America for nearly 20 years. He is also a dancer, with a Masters degree in Dance-Movement therapy from Antioch New England. His passion is the expression of spirituality for service, economic justice and activism through dance and the arts.
14. Charles Paprocki (USA)
BA English, Illinois Benedictine College. Served as Management Consultant on international economic development projects and education projects in the USA. Currently serves as the General Manager of Dayempur Farm: Comprehensive Center for Sustainable Living whose purpose is to develop a post-fossil fuel, post-capitalist rural economic model.
15. Clark Webb (USA)
Graduate of East Tennessee University. He has traveled extensively in Central and South America with Witness for Peace (WFP), a faith-based US/Latin America Solidarity Group, educating the American public on the effects of US trade and foreign policy in this region. As Virginia State WFP Coordinator, he has arranged speaking engagements and programs at Virginia universities, churches, and local solidarity meetings. As a small business owner, and elected leader of various food coop organizations in the Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington DC area, he has been active in cooperative management and small business organization for over 30 years.
16. Allen Rosen (USA)
Is a real estate developer specializing in ecovillages and Market Garden Neighborhoods. Originally from Tennessee, Allan has a BA in Economics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and did his graduate studies in City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. He worked in the nonprofit community development sector for over ten years including stints at Habitat for Humanity, Self-Help Credit Union, and Passage Home Community Development Corporation. He served for five years on the Orange County, NC Affordable Housing Advisory Board and is currently spearheading a community education and coalition-building effort in support of Comprehensive Planning in Orange County which will result in more equitable and sustainable outcomes.
17. Honorio López (Spain/Brasil)
For more than 20 years worked starting and supervising social projects and lecturing on Prout throughout North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, including Venezuela. His favorite topic of study, discussion and lecturing has always been spirituality and revolution. Currently doing post-graduate studies in Clinical Psychology and Social Psychology.
18. Pranav Bihari (India)
A software engineer who finished his undergraduate studies in Germany with Computer Science as the primary subject and Economics as the secondary subject. He was introduced to Prout at an early age of 14 and has since been a keen student of P. R. Sarkar’s discourses on Prout and its practical applications. After spending nine years in Germany, he currently lives and works in London. He also maintains a blog at www.pranavbihari.wordpress.com.
19. Ron M. Baseman (USA)
From New York City, he is a computer scientist specializing in security and the introduction of new technologies. He lives with his wife Diana, an educator, near New York City where they have raised and home schooled 10 children. He has published articles on a number of topics, and has started and participated in several consumer cooperatives over the last 35 years. He can be reached at: nynarayan[at]yahoo.com. His website, dedicated to freedom, spirituality and education is at http://members.verizon.net/~vze3f2cj
20. Edvard Mogstad (Norway)
Doctoral candidate in history. His thesis was on the political and economic program of Indian liberation leader Subhas Chandra Bose. Secretary for many years of the Norwegian Samaj (Proutist self-reliance group) and co-editor of Proutist magazines in Norway. National board member of Bevegelsen for Sosialisme, an ecumenical cross-party socialist think-tank group. Local leader of the national movement against Norway joining the European Union. Currently working as high school teacher in Fredrikstad.
21. Francisco Osvaldo Oliveira Dinis (Portugal)
Bsc in Agricultural Engineering, Master in “Conservation and Management of Nature”, Azores University, Portugal. Phd in progress, studying the use of the economic indicators and the biodiversity, for nature management and conservation. Responsible for organic farming and local economic development projects (cooperative and small scale business). Areas of interest: biodiversity conservation, organic farming, economics, cooperatives, sustainable development. Has studied Prout intensively for two years and organized Prout programs and study circle in Azores.
22. Bruce Dyer (New Zealand)
A practical and committed New Zealand activist who has been inspired by the vision of Sarkar’s Progressive Utilisation Theory (PROUT) and as a result has focused on issues of genuine social and economic justice. He received a Churchill Fellowship to study of the Habilitation of Offenders in North America, the UK and New Zealand; his report was published by the Mental Health Foundation. As a founding Trustee of the Nelson Restorative Justice Trust he helped establish Nelson’s ongoing Restorative Justice Services. He has managed the Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust from its launch in 1997 to nurture the local economy. To date it has made 105 micro-economic loans totalling more than $NZ800,000. www.nelt.org.nz His efforts to establish progressive socialism more widely led to his attending the World Social Forum in Brazil in January 2002 and to organising the Aotearoa Social Forum November 2003 www.socialforum.org.nz and local social forums in Nelson. He has also organised a seminar “Beyond Capitalism” in Wellington (Oct.’98), a 3-day conference “Reclaiming APEC” in Auckland (Sep. ‘99) and published the proceedings, www.converge.org.nz/prout/, a 3-day conference “Globalisation or Localisation” in Wellington (Mar. 2001) and published the proceedings. In 2005 he became co-owner of the Vistara Prout Co-operative – a 7-acre, 3-dwelling spiritually-based land community in the Motueka Valley near Nelson. In accordance with the objectives of PROUT the co-operative sees self-reliance as one of its goals. He has been inspired by President Chavez’ and the Venezuelan peoples’ Bolivarian Revolution.