Orion Kriegman is the former Co-Director of NET New England, addressing challenges of community resilience at a regional level, and the co-founder of Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET), a community-driven project in Boston pioneering a “new” economy that is place-based, sustainable, and reduces race and class inequity.

He is also an Associate at Tellus Institute, where he served for many years as Coordinator of the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), an international network of scholars and activists exploring scenarios of sustainable global development. In the past, he has focused on ways to enhance meaningful community participation in the sustainable development of urban neighborhoods. Orion has coordinated the creation of the Urban Ecovillage Network, and was the Project Officer for Reflecting on Peace Practice, a practitioner’s learning network gathering lessons learned about various peace-building efforts in internal armed conflicts. He also worked for two years in Guatemala with the Organization of American States to help government and civil society implement the policies outlined in the peace accords.

Orion holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


An Orchard Grows in Boston

Rebuilding the commons is a vital part of reviving an economically-divided, violence-scarred neighborhood.

New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

A regional food system does a better job at providing healthy food for all, supporting sustainable farming and fishing, and supporting thriving communities.

Food, Livelihoods, and Bridging Race and Class Divides

If we are to have an economy that works for everyone in harmony with the planet, then everyone has a part to play in the transition.