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Gideon Kossoff

Gideon Kossoff

Gideon Kossoff

Coodinator of Doctoral Studies and Adjunct Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Gideon Kossoff is a social ecologist/social theorist whose research focuses on holism and the tradition of anti-authoritarian social and political thinking. He teaches Transition Design courses to undergraduates, graduates and Phd students in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been involved in sustainability and green activism for his entire career, and studied at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont with its founder, ecophilosopher and social ecologist Murray Bookchin. From 1998 to 2007 Gideon was programme administrator and course tutor for the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, where he also managed the College library and built its extensive collection of books, and regularly created chaos in the kitchen.

Gideon completed his PhD in design at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland. In his doctoral thesis, he combined a concept he calls ‘radical holism’ with holistic science and began to develop the concept of Transition Design. His doctoral thesis was entitled 'Holism and the Reconstitution of Everyday Life: a Framework for Transition to a Sustainable Society’. It is summarised in the book 'Grow Small, Think Beautiful' edited by Stephan Harding and published by Floris. Gideon would like to spend more time doing astrology and delving into the esoteric tradition.