Who is Adam Rogers?
Existentially I am one of 7.594 billion people standing on a warm rock spinning through cold space, trying my best to live by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: "The time is always right, to do what is right."
In a very mundane sense, I am an author and strategic communications adviser specializing in environmental issues, social justice and sustainable development.
I worked for the United Nations for a quarter of a century before taking early retirement in 2018. During that time I worked as a public/private partnerships adviser with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), as the Regional Representative for Europe for the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and as coordinator of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty. I also worked for 12 years as the head of communication for the United Nations Capital Development (UNCDF) and for six years as UNDP’s regional communications manager for Europe, based in Geneva.
Before joining the UN, I worked for many years as a communications consultant and as an environmental journalist. As the editor-in-chief of Los Angeles-based Earth News, I covered the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and most of the subsequent summits of the 1990s. My book, The Earth Summit, a Planetary Reckoning documented the 1992 conference through the perspectives of youth, business, government and civil society. A related book was published by the UN Environment Programme and is called Taking Action: an environmental guide for you and your community. My most recent books include The No Mammal Manifesto: Diet for a new and more sustainable world (2019) and The Intrepid Traveler: the ultimate guide to responsible, ecological, and personal-growth travel and tourism (2018).
A sequel to Taking Action is due out in 2020 and is called Taking Action Online for the environment, social justice and sustainable development. This book connects the many dots in the social media universe and provides step-by-step advice on how you can raise funds, build communities and inspire action for the results we need to create the world we want.
Lastly, the academic stuff: I received my BA in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University, my MA in Communication and Technology from the University of Alberta in Canada, and my MBA from the TRIUM programme at New York University, the London School of Economics and HEC Paris School of Management.