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Green entrepreneur joins Economics faculty

Jay Tompt
Thursday, 27 August, 2020

A FORMER Silicon Valley ‘green business’ entrepreneur has been appointed as a lecturer on Schumacher College’s master’s programme in Regenerative Economics this Autumn.

Jay Tompt, who is also co-founder of the Totnes REconomy project, said he was looking forward to sharing some of the lessons he has learned throughout his diverse career.

"In my work, I'm always looking for opportunities to bring the insights gained from ecology, systems thinking and complexity into the on-the-ground practice of working for economic transformation.”

As well as taking executive and consultancy roles, Jay is also an activist and writer and he has been involved in a number of citizen-led projects. He is keen to promote the value of the “triple bottom line” for both profit and non-profit models, social enterprises and cooperatives.

Head of Schumacher College and Director of Learning at Dartington Trust, Dr Pavel Cenkl, added: 

“Jay’s continuing work both within and outside of higher education underscore his leadership in economics for transition and the application of regenerative economics in South Devon and beyond.

“His expertise in local, regional, and global alternatives to mainstream economics - apparent in his work as Founder and Director of Local Spark and Coordinator of the Totnes REconomy Project - is a real asset to the College and to the student learning experience.”

Jay has also developed a course on ‘Citizen-led Economics’, led workshops and given talks in Europe, USA and Japan.

Before moving to the UK Jay was based in Silicon Valley in California as an entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’. He holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 The MA Regenerative Economics commences in September.