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Photo of Paul RaskinPaul Raskin, Ph.D.


Paul Raskin is the founding President of the Tellus Institute. The overarching theme of Dr. Raskin’s work has been the development of visions and strategies for a transformation to more resilient and equitable forms of social development. Toward this larger aim, his research has spanned issues (energy, water, climate change, ecosystems, and sustainable development) and spatial scales (local, national, and global). He has conceived and built widely-used models for integrated scenario planning for energy (LEAP), freshwater (WEAP), and sustainability (PoleStar). Dr. Raskin has published widely, serving as a lead author on the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Board on Sustainability, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Earth Charter, UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook, and numerous other international efforts. In 1995, he convened the interdisciplinary Global Scenario Group in a multi-year exploration of the requirements for a transition to a sustainable and just global civilization. The Group’s pioneering 2002 treatise – Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead – examined the historic roots of our “planetary phase of civilization,” analyzed alternative scenarios, and identified strategic directions for change. This essay became the point of departure for an expanded collaboration – the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) – that Dr. Raskin launched in 2003 and continues to direct. GTI provides an online, open-access platform of ideas and analysis, while supporting the expanding GT Network of hundreds of scholars and activists with the aim of elaborating visions and pathways for a Great Transition. Earlier in his career, Dr. Raskin received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University in 1970 and taught at the university level.