The Author



Since receiving his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Ellis Jones has focused all of his energies on bridging the gap between academics, activists and the average citizen. A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship and everyday activism, Dr. Jones continues to teach and give presentations across the country on how to turn lofty ideals into practical actions. His other works include The Better World Handbook (winner of Sprituality & Health’s Best Book of the Year Award for 2001 under the category of Hope) and the book version of this website (which has now sold over 100,000 copies), The Better World Shopping Guide. He has won numerous awards for his work in the classroom and currently teaches in the department of sociology and anthropology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

Consuming In Line With Your Values, JPR, “The Jefferson Exchange” (2007)
Shopping To Make A Difference, KPFA, “The Morning Show” (2007)
Socially Responsible Shopping , Black Oak Books (2007)
The World & Your Shopping List , The Ecology Center (2007)
The Challenge Of Lifestyle Movements, American Sociological Association (2008)
The New Global Citizen-Consumer, Pitzer College (2009)
Social Responsibility In The Global Textile Industry, University of California, Davis (2007)
Democracy & Capitalism: Rebalancing The Two, University of California, Davis (2007)
24 Hours To A Better World, William Jewell College (2010)

The Role Of Fair Trade In Responsible Economics, Siena College (2011)

The Realities of Global Citizenship, Barry University (2009)

Democratizing Social Change, The Association For Humanist Sociology (2009)

Bringing Peace Down To Earth, University of Notre Dame (2008)
Empowering Global Citizens, Pacific Sociological Association (2007)
Democratizing Social Movements, Pacific Sociological Association (2007)
Green Values In Everyday Life, East Bay Earth Charter Community (2004)

The Social Responsibility Movement, Peace & Justice Studies Assn (2003)
Empowering Everyday Change Through Responsible Consumption, Drexel University (2011)

Responsible Shopping: Democracy Meets Economy, Linfield College (2010)

Global Warming: 5 Easy, Effective Things You Can Do, University of Nevada, Reno (2008)
Better World Shopping Guide Interview, KXJZ, “Insight” (2006)

Social Responsibility Online, American Sociological Association (2009)
Shopping Guide TV Interview, KRON Ch 4, Weekend Morning News (2007)
Shopping For A Better World, Cody’s Books (2007)
Market Mechanisms For Social Responsibility, Presidio World College (2007)
A Global Vision For A Better World, Sustainable World Symposium (2006)
10 Things To Build A Better World, Sustainable World Symposium (2004)

Ethical Shopping, KPTK, “Community Matters” (2007)
Better World Handbook Interview, KEXP, “Mind Over Matters” (2001)

Living The Earth Charter, Minnesota Earth Charter Action Summit (2003)

Making A Difference With Public Sociology, California Lutheran University(2009)

Revitalized Community, The Better World Handbook Festival (2005)
The Better World Handbook Festival, CBC Radio, “Currents” (2005)
The Better World Handbook Festival, CityTV, “Breakfast Television” (2005)
Matching Power & Responsibility Through Economics, Gordon College (2011)
Shopping As If People Mattered, Holy Cross College (2011)

Ellis Jones has given inspiring yet practical presentations to a wide variety of audiences including a number of colleges and universities, sustainability symposiums, and global citizenship summits. He has been interviewed for radio and television both in the US and Canada, and was featured in the documentary film, 50 Ways To Save The Planet. In 2005, his work inspired the creation of The Better World Handbook Festival in Vancouver, BC. He has lived, studied, and worked in many parts of Europe, Asia, and Central America. If you’re interested, Dr. Jones would be happy to give a presentation or workshop just about anywhere on the planet on a wide range of topics including consumer and corporate social responsibility, global citizenship, and turning lofty ideals into effective, everyday actions. To request more information, click here or email me at: so(dot)doctor(dot)jones(at)gmail(dot)com.
While this research project allows for a more complete view of the “big picture” of corporate social and environmental responsibility, it is merely the beginning. There are many directions in which the research can expand that would yield even more accurate, up-to-date, and practical information to further empower consumers.This kind of larger project is possible only if and when external support becomes available. Please contact me if you are interested in expanding the scope of this research through either professional or financial collaboration or email me at: so(dot)doctor(dot)jones(at)gmail(dot)com.