Economic theorist♦ Social innovator ♦Writer♦Public speaker♦Not-for-profit advocate, consultant & CEO
At 20, Donnie Maclurcan attained the Guinness World Record for the fastest journey on foot across Australia, , raising $30,000 for the sight-restoring work of . He spent the following decade presenting to school, community and corporate groups about ending avoidable blindness, while building a broader . 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 , including coaching the Fijian sailing team. During his 20s, he also worked with , then as a and coordinator of a . His time on the motivated him to spend two challenging years co-developing a 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 . Through , 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 (raising AUD $250,000 for mental health research) and assembling 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 , 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 , the , the publishing of two books: and 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 and led the development of the , the , the Post Growth Alliance (with a collective social media reach of 2 million), and : 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.
Distinguished Fellow at the , Affiliate Professor of Social Science at Fellow with the ,and Associate with the , Donnie is presently writing two books: ; and .
Contacts: +1 541 708 3093 | Skype: donniemaclurcan | | @donmacca