Core members

Core members

This is an interim team that is currently holding the GTAGlobal Tapestry of Alternatives process to enable the weaving of alternatives. The team as a collective or as individuals doesn't hold any centralised power.


Alex Jensen: He has worked in the US and India, where he coordinates Local Futures’ Ladakh Project. He has worked with cultural affirmation and hhe active in environmental health/anti-waste and degrowth movements.

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein: Born in Buenos Aires and based in England, United Kingdom, where she works as a professor of Sociology. She is a political sociologist, a philosopher and a feminist and decolonial critical theorist. She has created, and is working on what she calls critical research on the global politics of hope.

Ananeza Aban is a senior research analyst of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies Program on Alternative Development (UP CIDS AltDev). Prior to that, she headed the secretariat team of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2017. She has lived and worked with Metro Manila urban poor communities as well as indigenous peoples in Mindanao, where she practiced participatory development planning, and action research.

Arturo Escobar: Is a Colombian activist-researcher, working on territorial struggles against extractivism, postdevelopment, regional transitions, and ontological design. He taught anthropology and political ecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill until 2018.

Arturo Guerrero Osorio: Since 1995 he has been living and collaborating with communities and grassroots organizations in Oaxaca, Mexico, accompanying community radio stations and self-learning processes. He participates in the Universidad de la Tierra of Oaxaca and the Universidad Autónoma Comunal of Oaxaca.

Ashish Kothari: Founder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh. He has (co)authored or (co)edited over 30 books, and helps coordinate the Vikalp Sangam and Radical Ecological Democracy processes.

Christine Dann: is a New Zealand writer and eco-gardener who has been active in feminist, peace and green movements since the 1970s. This has led to her developing an 'alternatives' world view which is now informed by degrowth, decolonial and indigenous perspectives.

Franco Augusto: Social activist, unprofessionalized intellectual, co-creator many of open collaborative projects and documentalist of alternatives around the planet, collaborating with processes of social transformation for more than 20 years now.

Lebohang Liepollo Pheko: Activist scholar, public intellectual, Decolonial Afrikan(ist) feminist currently exploring alternatives to GDP, ‘post covid’ economics using an intersectional lens. Worked and lived across several countries building solidarity and making good trouble. Exploring healing poetry in my work.

Lina Álvarez Villarreal: is a Colombian activist researcher. She is interested in unveiling the practices/knowledges that give existence to a politics of an inhabited earth, and in contributing to weave a dialogue between those geo-historical practices. She is currently teaching political theory at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá.

Madhuresh Kumar: is an Indian activist-researcher currently based in France and been part of anti-globalisation and climate justice struggles. He writes regularly on people’s resistance, movement dynamics, and development policy matters. Earlier, he was NAPM India's (National Alliance of People’s Movements) national coordinator till 2018 and an elected national convener till 2021.

Marina Sitrin: is a mother, militant, dreamer, teacher and student. She writes about and participates in societies in movement. Based in the US where she now teaches sociology at Binghamton University, she has lived in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, where she continues collaborations.

Marta Musić: A decolonial, feminist activist-researcher. Her work as a transnational movement organizer mainly consists of building bridges between struggles, movements and initiatives and creating networks of solidarity.

Mauricio del Villar Zamacona: (son, partner, father, and friend). During the last 20 years he has shared life with different communities of Mexico, learning and living the daily life through planting, preparing food, participating in celebrations, and strengthening social economy practices.

Rafael Vicente Dimalanta is a development worker with experience in community architecture and participatory planning, community organizing, and participatory action research. He is a researcher at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies Program on Alternative Development. He is also a co-convener of Save San Roque, a non-profit alliance working with the urban poor community of Sitio San Roque (and other partner communities).

Simon Ndonco Mitambo: Born and raised in Tharaka indigenous community, Simon is an Earth Jurisprudence Practitioner and an initiated teacher of the ancient wisdom of Tharaka people. He is founder of Society for Alternative Learning and Transformation (SALT) and a nature-based school in Kenya; The Kithino Learning Centre; a centre for stimulating, awakening and regenerating bio-cultural diversity. He is currently the Regional Programs Coordinator for African Biodiversity Network (ABN).

Shrishtee Bajpai: Activist-researcher from India and member of Kalpavriksh. Her research is focussed on documenting, analysing, and networking on alternatives to development. She helps in coordinating the Vikalp Sangam (alternative confluence) process in India.

Vasna Ramasar: Academic and activist from South Africa living and working in Sweden. She has always been involved in environmental justice, politics of environment and alternatives to development.

Xochitl Leyva Solano: Activist researcher. She works to create other possible worlds hand in hand with women, young people of the peoples in resistance, both indigenous and Afro-descendant, as well as those of gender diversity.

Ancestral members in spirit

Former members and contributors

We appreciate and recognize the following former members of the core team that have offered their time and energy to our joint adventure: Patricia Botero, Injairu Kulundu, Nishara Rajah Naidoo, Enric Duran, Coumba Toure, Valiana Aguilar, Ana Cecilia Galindo Diego, Sujatha Padmanabhan, Milind Wani and Pablo Campoy. We also acknowledge Daniela Anaya, who helped to create the first version of this website.