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James Ehrlich

Director - Compassionate Sustainability
Stanford University
United States DNA - Design & Architecture

James Ehrlich is Director of Compassionate Sustainability at the Stanford University School of Medicine CCARE Institute (Center for Compassion, Altruism Research and Education, under Dr. James R. Doty). Additionally, James is appointed Faculty at Singularity University, Senior Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, and an OSTP Appointee to a joint taskforce on Regenerative Infrastructure.

James is also the Founder of ReGen Villages Holding, B.V. a Stanford University spin-off formed in the EU as a Netherlands impact-for-profit company, using machine learning software to design and operate climate-adaptable and resilient residential infrastructure around the world.

Mr. Ehrlich's vision behind ReGen Villages is developing its VillageOS™ software to apply generative design for the integration of clean water, renewable energy micro-grids, high-yield organic food production, and circular nutritional flows at the neighborhood scale. Helping landowners, residential developers, municipal and regional governments fast-track planning of climate/resource resilient housing townships.

A serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over 25-years, James successfully founded and managed technology and media companies with successful exits. For nearly a decade, Mr. Ehrlich executive produced an award-winning national public broadcasting series based on his case study research of organic and bio-dynamic family farms, that at its apex reached over 35-million homes each week and is also the co-author of a best-selling companion book on Hachette, Organic Living THG (2007).

James is a graduate from New York University in computer science, and in Mechanical Engineering studies from Stanford University. He has won several awards for sustainable design and is a researcher and global lecturer on the topic of regenerative neighborhood development. He has co-authored two (2) U.N. Sustainable Development Goal Platform Briefs (2015/2018) with Prof. Larry Leifer and Chris Ford, PhD, AIA from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University.

James Ehrlich has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, Guardian, Reuters, South China Morning Post, San Francisco Chronicle, World Economic Forum, and countless other major news and media outlets. James is a featured keynote speaker, presenter, panelist, moderator, and workshop leader invited to top conferences, symposia, forums, and universities around the world.