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A true pioneer and respected elder in ecological recovery and sustainability shares effective solutions he has designed and implemented.

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One of the pioneers in ecological design, John Todd has been active in shaping the discipline for over forty years. He has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken. He has been named with his wife Nancy Jack Todd as a Visionary of the 20th Century by the British organization, Resurgence, and has been featured in "The Genius Issue" of Esquire Magazine. Dr. Todd was named one of the 20th Century's top thirty-five inventors by the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation. In 2010 his Eco-Machine, at the Center for Sustainable Living, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, was recognized asa significant design breakthrough by the Smithsonian Institution. The drawings and film of the project were displayed in the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design in NYC. Co-founder of the New Alchemy Institute in 1969, Todd is now founder and president of John Todd Ecological Design, and president of Ocean Arks International, an NGO dedicated to publishing, and to healing the inshore oceans. Dr. Todd is widely published and is the author of over two hundred scientific, technical, and popular articles. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including North Atlantic Books' From Ecocities to Living Machine. He is the inventor of Eco-Machines (TM) and holds five patents. His passion and his work revolve around the broad field of planetary healing and regeneration. He is an Emeritus Research Professor and Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Vermont, and a Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's degree in parasitology from McGill University and a doctorate in fisheries and oceanography from the University of Michigan. He has also received two honorary doctorates.


"John Todd has a sixth sense for the Creation, a deep feeling for ecology, and the practical ingenuity of a brilliant inventor. This is the story of possibilities, healing, restoration, and redemption--about coming home to Earth as a partner and cocreator."
--David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics "Healing Earth is a rare gem of a beautifully illustrated book and a valuable resource for anyone ready to engage in ecosystems restoration or regenerative development. The book can be regarded as John's memoirs, distilling 50 years of professional practice in ecological design and engineering into a delightful and informative read. It offers a passionate testimony to humanity's potential to create conditions conducive to life by healing the Earth and her people."
-- Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures

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