Nik is currently focused on social design and metrics in regenerative management, technology and development for large scale ecosystem restoration. He has a BAS degree in Ecological Design from Colorado College. He was a teacher for 8 years at Merritt College and the San Francisco Art Institute where he helped develop programs in Regenerative Design and Permaculture. He co-founded two art and design collaboratives, the award winning Monsoon Arsenal and the DIG Cooperative. Their clients and patrons ranged from farmers cooperatives, municipal governments to science museums and schools. He went on to co-found the Oakleyville Cooperative which is home of the democratically run non-profit arts and ecology center PLACE. He can also be found organizing naturalist excursions with the a cooperative of Naturalists known as the California Center for Natural History.