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Brett R. Joseph, LL.M., Ph.D.

Brett R. Joseph, LL.M., Ph.D., founder and Executive Director of the Center for Ecological Culture, Inc., serves his native northeast Ohio as a multi-talented social systems design consultant, attorney, community action researcher, environmental educator and conversation leader.  Dr. Joseph also currently serves as sustainable agriculture program coordinator and permaculture instructor at the Lorain County Community College. In his legal and consulting practice, he maintains a focus on advancing principles and practices of economic democracy via social benefit and cooperative business enterprises, while working to bring asset-based, systemic, and socio-ecological perspectives into multi-stakeholder initiatives for organizational and community development. An active proponent of community empowerment and progressive social change, Dr. Joseph serves on the steering committees of Cleveland Vital Neighborhoods, and the recently formed Northeast Ohio Urban Farmer’s Cooperative.  He also is a current board member of the Ohio Wetland Association and former chair of the Ashtabula County Metropolitan Park District, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Lake Effect Chapter, and Slow Money Cleveland NEO.  

Dr. Joseph’s professional background reflects a life-long commitment to fostering sustainable economics and decolonization, participatory democracy, community resilience, public health, and conscious societal evolution by harmonizing the relationship between human and natural systems.  For 15 years, he served as an environmental and international attorney with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, based in Washington D.C. and Seattle. Since moving back to northeast Ohio in 2005, he has managed a 26-acre farm, and advised several local schools on ecoliteracy curriculum development.  Before leaving government service, he returned to school to earn a master’s degree in humanistic psychology with a certificate in socially engaged spirituality, prior to earning a doctorate degree in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University.  Dr. Joseph holds accredited certificates in civil mediation, permaculture design and teaching, environmental and experiential education, regenerative economics, and green building.  His research and published writings primarily focus on inter-organizational network development, cultural revisioning, community dialogue, social systems design, and sustainability education.  

Dr. Joseph lives with his wife and two daughters in Concord, Lake County, Ohio.