John Rae

Jon designs, supports and enables holistic, place-based educational and learning activities to serve human prosperity in a flourishing web of life. He works with universities, non-government and civil society organisations, to develop new learning initiatives and curriculum. Jon complements this as the UK Commissioning Editor for Chelsea Green Publishing engaging practitioners to share their wild ideas, collaborations and practices for a regenerative today and tomorrow.

Jon is a director of the Deep Time Walk CIC and a trustee for the new Treelines charity that works on reforestation. He is also a founding member for the incorporated charity, Schumacher Society, that holds and facilitates cross-disciplinary communities of practice  in Europe, South America and East Asia.

Jon led Schumacher College and was member on Dartington’s executive team, between 2011-18. For preceding decade he led on sustainability and rural regeneration in first in the Dorset AONB and then at Dartington. Between 1994-2001 he was a fellow and then senior scientist with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and he co-facilitated one of the five arms of the Clinton Middle East Peace Process. For three years in early 1990s Jon worked on organic farms.

Jon has a Doctorate in anthropology and geography from the University of Oxford, a Masters in environmental management from Stirling University, and a Bachelors in business administration and finance from George Mason University.

Above all else, Jon is a loving husband and father.

What does Embercombe mean to you?

Respect and reverence for nature and a healthy irreverence for power, authority and the status quo