The “Tesla” of EcoVillages | James Ehrlich | TEDxTrondheim


What comes to mind when you hear: Ecovillages?
Ecological, sustainable, traditional communities perhaps.
Now, how about when you hear: the Tesla of Ecovillages?

Founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company implementing the “Tesla of Ecovillages”. James is a Senior Technologist at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames Research Center, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford H-STAR Institute and Peace Innovation Lab at the Centre for Design Research and recently appointed to a White House / U.S. State Department Joint Task Force on the Nexus of Food, Water, Energy and Waste.

A serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over 25 years, James successfully founded and managed technology and media companies with successful exits. For nearly a decade, he produced an award-winning national public broadcasting series based on case studies of organic and bio-dynamic family farms that reached over 35 million homes each week, and published a best-selling companion book on Hachette, (Organic Living, THG 2007).

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