Judith Ford, PhD

Judith Ford, PhD

Sonoma State University/School of Business and Economics and Sustainable North Bay
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Dr. Judith Ford defended her PhD dissertation: 'Climate Change as Metaphor and Catalyst', a transdisciplinary case study of climate change, which illustrated how the dominant worldview shapes our understanding and attempts to solve the wicked problem of our age. Her research concluded that solutions to climate change lie not within the same narrow worldview from which it emerged but from an older, yet perhaps most universal, worldview, which sees humankind as an inextricable component of an enigmatic natural world where communities are defined by naturally-occurring bio-regions entwining food, economy, health, and society.
centuries of marginalization, her research concluded that this alternative worldview survives and thrives because it answers humankind’s universal quests for meaning, purpose, community, and visceral contact with nature. Firmly re-situating westerners within the natural world provides both the keys to solving climate change and addressing a myriad of related social and environmental issues. The key to this building sustainable and resilient communities based on the strength and unique characteristics of the bio-regions they inhabit. Her research has been well-received by a diversity of audiences, such as Slow Food USA, the Bayview Salon, California Department of Water Resources, Marin County Climate Action Planners, the National Park Service, Sonoma State University and the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative in the US, as well as radio and print media outlets in the Netherlands. After thirteen years in Paris and Amsterdam, and prior expat experiences in Malaysia and Australia, Judith recently returned to her native California, where she relishes the natural beauty, community scale, and local food so revered in Marin County. At a global scale, she is a policy advisor and strategist with the Leading for Well Being Consortium (L4WB) of academic, business, and policy leaders leading innovation within the world’s major institutions and businesses to shift the narrative and practices towards a sustainable society, which works for all of its members. At a local scale, her work with local youth and faith organizations entwines social justice and food literacy to address the growing homelessness and hunger found side by side the waste of abundance in her community. https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-ford/  

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