Jason Clay

Utne Reader visionary [Originally published as Jason Clay in the January-February 1995 issue of Utne Reader]

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Inventor of the concept of “rainforest marketing,” anthropologist Jason Clay founded Cultural Survival Enterprises to generate income for forest communities in North, Central, and South America and Africa and Asia. His research on human rights, peasant agriculture, nutrition, development, and resource rights has spanned 15 countries and provided some of the first insights into what is now known as “devolution,” the dissolution of state borders in favor of nations delineated along ethnic and bioregional boundaries. He is executive director of Rights & Resources and a senior fellow at the World Wildlife Fund.