Founder, Upstream Podcast
Living in: San Francisco, California, US
Fields of work: education, environment and sustainable development, media and journalism, economics, spirituality
Della Duncan is a renegade economist based in San Francisco. She is interested in questioning and challenging mainstream economic ideology and contributing to systems change for a more equitable, sustainable and enlivened world. Her approach draws from heterodox movements including ecological economics, feminist economics, Buddhist economics, new economics and eco-socialism.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California, Davis, with a BA in international relations and sociology, Della worked in the fields of sexual violence prevention and intervention, higher education and international development.
Concerned about widening inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area and aware of more equal and solidaristic economies from her travels and studies, she set off on a livelihood path to try to understand economic challenges at their root causes and identify their systemic solutions.
This led her to pursue an MA in economics for transition from Schumacher College, where she graduated with distinction. Since then, her work has taken many forms. She hosts and produces the Upstream Podcast, telling stories of alternative economic thought and practice through radio documentaries and interviews. She supports individuals, organisations and governments as a Right Livelihood coach, a Gross National Happiness trainer and an alternative economics consultant.
Della also facilitates courses around the world in the areas of alternative economics, Buddhist economics, the Work that Reconnects and financial permaculture. Her professional affiliations include Schumacher College, the Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing, Santa Cruz Permaculture, the Gross National Happiness Centre and the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition.