Who are we?

Loconomy advisory board

Ashley Colby, PhD

Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist, Executive Director of The Rizoma Foundation and (now) homesteader, writer, traveler, and serial podcast guest. In her book she wrote about subsistence food producers in Chicago. Before her current life she was once an itinerant overland international traveler, Chicago Tribune travel writer, and a long-haul, 18-wheel-driving trucker. Ashley is now a mom to three beautiful girls, roommate to one husband (ha) and custodian to 2 cats 2 dogs 2 cows and 5 chickens. She is laser focused on doing anything she can to help usher in positive social change by connecting people doing good things.

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Josh Heling

Josh Heling and his family run Hidden Savanna Farm, a permaculture-inspired small farm in the countryside outside of Madison, WI whose mission is to contribute to its local food economy while connecting people to each other and the natural environment. He's spent the last eight years starting the process of converting 10 acres of overgrown woodland to a perennial food system supporting the farm's pastured poultry and sheep operations. Hidden Savanna also acts as a hands-on learning lab for a variety of educational enrichment programs for elementary and middle-school aged kids.

Indoors, Josh has almost three decades of experience driving software product development as an executive and founder in organizations ranging from bootstrapped prototypes to VC-funded startups to scaled-up global enterprises. He is motivated by a passion for finding ways for network connectivity to unleash new opportunities for human collaboration and innovation.

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Neal Gorenflo

Neal Gorenflo is the Executive Director of Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit news outlet, action network, and consultancy focused on the latest innovations in resource sharing. He’s an author, speaker, consultant, movement builder, and editor of multiple books including, “ Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.” In 2011, he co-founded the Sharing Cities movement, now in over 100 cities worldwide. He helps organizations around the world meet their goals through sharing including the Sharing Economy Association of Japan, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and the city of San Francisco. In 2020, blogged a one year life experiment called, The Year of Living Locally, to explore a more coherent, commons-based, and sustainable local lifestyle. As a social entrepreneur, Neal’s call to action is simple yet systemic: let’s share!

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Della Duncan

Della is a Regenerative Economist. She teaches workshops and retreats about alternative economics around the world, supports individuals working to better align their values with their work as a Right Livelihood Coach, and offers consulting to organizations contributing to equitable and sustainable economic systems change. Della is also the host of the Upstream Podcast challenging traditional economic thinking through documentaries and interviews.

Della is a Senior Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute in the London School of Economics, the Course Development Manager of Fritjof Capra’s Capra Course on the Systems View of Life, a Gross National Happiness Master Trainer, a member of the 36x36 project (36 femxle change makers rethinking global economic frameworks), the Community Leader of Ingleside Community Power (a community-owned solar-power neighborhood cooperative), a founding member of the Doughnut Economics California Coalition (DECC) and a former faculty member of Ecological Economics at Schumacher College.

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Joe Norman, PhD

Joe Norman is an applied complexity scientist with a focus on transforming insights gleaned from complex systems science into practical and implementable strategies and tactics for grappling with an increasingly uncertain and dynamic world. Joe is an Affilate at the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, MA, an instructor at the Real World Risk Institute, and founder of Applied Complexity Science, LLC. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife where they are focusing their energy on homesteading and local agriculture on an old mill property that has been an actively running homestead for over 130 years.

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Colin Frost

Colin Frost is a business development professional with extensive experience helping SaaS businesses develop go-to-market strategies/channels and has worked with a range of SaaS solutions encompassing content management, marketplace platforms, stadium and food ordering apps and mobile communications.

In 2004 Colin joined Bardia Housman and Adam Broadway, the cofounders of Business Catalyst based out of Sydney. He was instrumental in bootstrapping the global partner network rollout that underpinned the organisation's strong growth trajectory. Business Catalyst was acquired by Adobe in 2009.

After the three year earn-out Colin and family, for personal reasons, repatriated to Australia and continued to consult in the tech arena around business growth and distribution strategies. In 2017, Colin returned to the US joining www.platformos.com as Director of Channels and Alliances. platformOS is a tech platform focused on delivering scalable collaborative sharing marketplace platforms for both enterprises and startups.

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Jon Jackson, PhD

Jon Jackson is an Assistant Professor at the Providence College School of Business in Rhode Island. He teaches courses in operations management, supply chain management, and business analytics. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals focusing on inventory management, retail operations, and supply chain modeling and logistics. Jon lives in Northern RI with his beautiful wife and daughter along with their dog and three cats. When not trapped indoors, Jon and family enjoy hiking and mountain biking all over the Northeast!

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PJ Connolly

PJ is a founding member of Just Capital Quotient, a social impact and sustainability consultancy focused on bringing about a new economy. He is also a recent graduate from Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability program focusing on bioregional regenerative economics, and comes from a background of varied experience, including commercial credit analysis, project coordination, and sales & marketing.


Although from the Midwest originally, PJ currently lives on the East Coast of Florida with his fiancée and finds fulfilment in pursuing anything that helps bring about a more flourishing, biodiverse, regenerative planet


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