Senior Development & Communications Officer
Scott studied Biology at Pittsburg State University, graduated through the performance company of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The Colorado College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to joining The Land Institute, he was Director of the Travel & Tourism Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce (“All that glitters is not gold – there’s what folks say they want, and there’s what folks will expend effort and exchange value to experience; they are not always the same”), Executive Director of the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy (“If we want a more sustainable civilization, we must out-compete those who do not”), and he was an accomplished professional in the performing arts and entertainment industry (“Narrative is a deep, vital human impulse. Shared public stories are as central to the human experience as food, family and community”).
He says he was drawn to working with The Land Institute because “10,000 years ago, our ancestors began domesticating grains for food and it changed everything. The Land Institute’s work is part of that 10,000-year continuum and could change everything again.” He is most inspired about his work when people “get” the potential impact of the perennial polyculture vision and are willing to join the effort to make it happen. He also gets a kick out of the fact that when he travels for The Land Institute he gets to use the TSA pre-approved security line at airports.
What Land Institute perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Perennial sorghum popped in oil made from domesticated silphium seeds.
What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I sang a baritone solo in Handel’s Messiah in junior high choir.
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Raising a son. Telling good stories. Clean energy. Honest food. Good government. No plan B. Deep time. Ad astra per risum.
If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
A “superhero” called Traffic Man.
What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?” – Richard Feynman
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