For over 30 years, Glenn has been building and evaluating programs that are designed to transform systems working primarily on coastal/ocean/watershed issues. As a restoration ecologist by training, he “grew up” working on the restoration of dunes, rivers, wetlands and forests, focusing on ecosystem function, equivalency and economic valuation. He realized that large scale public involvement was essential to transform ecological systems and also critical to transform social systems. He has been working on the front lines of stewardship and governance response to ecosystem change. As the founding Director of Conservation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, he led the first major effort for large scale ecosystem restoration which was recognized by Vice President Al Gore who officially recognized him as an Environmental Hero. Currently, he is the President/CEO of SustainaMetrix, which is all about “navigating in the Anthropocene.” At SustainaMetrix he leads an interdisciplinary team working with partners and communities of practice in sub Sahara Africa to Pacific Islands from the Arctic to the Antilles; where vexing issues of energy, food, water persist. Recent project partners include IUCN, Oceana, WWF, Republic of Ireland, Luc Hoffmann Institute, Stockholm Resilience Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tufts University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of Maine and University of Maryland Baltimore County. A recent innovation and transformative practice has been the design and testing of a framework for measuring governance response to ecosystem change. Glenn brings innovation and systems thinking to complex, messy, cross-scale, wicked challenges of our time.
What Transformation means to me:
As a human society, we are facing rapid and irreversible changes to our life support system based upon the way we choose to live. Transformation for me is individual and collective change towards a way of life that respects, protects and restores natural systems while at the same time allows for the betterment of society. One example is to live by the “7th generation” principle taught by Native Americans who encourage every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate, to consider how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future.