Donnie Maclurcan is co-founder of the Post Growth Institute, an international group exploring inspiring paths to global prosperity that doesn't rely on economic growth. He is the Founder and Ideas Guy at Project Australia, a community organization helping people launch not-for-profit initiatives.
His unusually diverse career has included working as co-developer of the (En)Rich List, global organizer for Free Money Day, an exercise physiologist and telephone counsellor, coordinator of a lobby group for Aboriginal justice and a team assisting Sydney’s homeless, a journalist at the World Social Forum in Kenya, coach of the Fijian sailing team, an English and mathematics teacher in South Korea, and event manager for The Great Australian Bike Ride.
Donnie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, an Honorary Research Fellow with the UTS Institute for Nanoscale Technology, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Schumacher Institute. With fieldwork in Thailand, his Ph.D. resulted in two books: Nanotechnology and Global Equality and Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability, which have been translated into 20 languages. Donnie is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled "Not-for-Profit World." In 2006 he led the development of an award-winning case study for Australian high schools about the drowning of 353 asylum seekers on their way to Australia. He founded Australia’s first professional speakers’ bureau for young social innovators, is one of the youngest to have competed in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and at age 20 achieved the Guinness World Record for the fastest journey on foot across Australia, raising over $35,000 for the Fred Hollows Foundation, for which he remains an ambassador.