New economy advocate, consultant & CEO
At 20, Donnie Maclurcan attained the Guinness World Record for the fastest journey on foot across Australia running from Perth to Sydney in 67 days , raising $30,000 for the sight-restoring work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. He spent the following decade presenting to school, community and corporate groups about ending avoidable blindness, while building a broader background as a professional speaker and facilitator. His interest in high-performance sports continued, with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Studies leading to work with over 350 athletes as an exercise physiologist, including coaching the Fijian sailing team. During his 20s, he also worked with Sydney’s homeless, then as a telephone counsellor and coordinator of a lobby group for Aboriginal justice. His time on the NSW Human Rights Education Committee motivated him to spend two challenging years co-developing a case study about the 2002 drowning of 353 asylum seekers on their way to Australia.
Believing that additional supportive structures could help fellow Australians seeking to make a difference, Donnie established Project Australia. Through pro-bono consultancy, the organisation has helped more than 160 not-for-profit projects start, scale and sustain their work. As the organisation’s lead consultant, Donnie’s ability to provide valuable advice grew through his organizing the Great Australian Bike ride (raising AUD $250,000 for mental health research) and assembling a directory of over 500 community passions and skills in his hometown of Brooklyn.
Continuing an early interest in world affairs, Donnie taught English and mathematics in South Korea, was a journalist at the World Social Forum in Kenya, and obtained a Ph.D. in international development, assessing nanotechnology’s implications for global equality. This resulted in an invitation from the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations to present at a UNIDO Expert Group Meeting, the translation of his research into multiple languages, the publishing of two books: Nanotechnology and Global Equality and Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability and honorary appointment as a full professor at the age of 31. With his doctoral research sparking a passion for sustainability economics, Donnie co-founded the Post Growth Institute, and led the development of Post Growth Consulting, the (En)Rich List, the Post Growth Challenge, the Post Growth Alliance (with a collective social media reach of 3 million), and Free Money Day: an international event, now spanning 31 countries, where people hand out their own money to complete strangers, asking them to pass half on to someone else. Most recently, he has established Cascades Hub: a start-up space for social innovators to develop not-for-profit businesses and projects that benefit Southern Oregon communities and beyond.
Distinguished Fellow at the Schumacher Institute, Affiliate Professor of Social Science at Southern Oregon University, Fellow with the Royal Society of the Arts, Fellow with the Findhorn Foundation, and Associate with the UTS Institute for Sustainable Future. Donnie is presently writing two books: How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit World by 2050; and The Not-for-Profit Handbook: How to Start, Scale and Sustain Resilient Projects in an Ever-Changing World.