About

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I am a filmmaker, and have been since that term applied literally. There’s visual evidence below.

Most of my documentary work has focused on environmental issues, though lately I have branched out into a related area that I think underlies environmental conflicts––the variability in our perceptions of fairness. While that may sound abstract, I believe that understanding why we perceive fairness differently is central to resolving conflicts, as well as restoring balance between humanity and the natural world. Our sense of fairness has deep roots in our evolutionary past.  I’m digging down to see where they lead.

My attempts to understand the human sense of fairness have taken my work in some interesting directions, including activities beyond filmmaking. Several years ago I became part of the development team for an organization called Prosocial World.

You can see some of my work on this site, including writing and film about the evolution of our sense of fairness, and my most recent environmental documentary, Seeing the Forest. There’s also the introductory video about Prosocial.

I am currently working on three projects: Continuing development of Prosocial World, a film about the Salish Sea, and a film series about the theory of the major transitions in evolution.

ALAN YOUNG

Another little known fact: I directed the very first infomercial for George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine, also a while ago.

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