David Abram :
David Abram – cultural ecologist, philosopher, and performance artist – is the founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Pantheon/Vintage), for which he received the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. An accomplished storyteller and sleight-of-hand magician who has lived and traded magic with indigenous sorcerers in Indonesia, Nepal, and the Americas, David lectures and teaches widely on several continents. His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of ecological disarray have appeared often in such journals as Orion, Parabola, Environmental Ethics, Tikkun, Wild Earth, Resurgence, and The Ecologist, as well as in numerous edited anthologies. David’s work engages the ecological depths of the imagination, exploring the ways in which sensory perception, poetics, and wonder inform our relation with the animate earth. Named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world, he has been recipient of numerous honors and fellowships. David’s is also profiled in the recent book Visionaries: the 20th Century’s 100 Most Inspirational Leaders (Chelsea Green Press, 2007).
In recent years the New England Aquarium and the Orion Society sponsored a public debate between David Abram and distinguished biologist Edward O. Wilson, at Faneuil Hall in Boston, on the topic of science, ethics, and the future of environmentalism. In the summer of 2005 David was invited to deliver the keynote address for the United Nations “World Environment Week” in San Francisco, to 70 mayors from the largest cities around the world. The address was given under the towering redwood trees at Muir Woods, at the very spot where the United Nations charter was originally signed into being exactly sixty years earlier. The father of two small children, David lives at the edge of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico, where he maintains a passionate interest in interspecies communication, and in the rejuvenation of oral culture.