Over 25 years experience working with the public and private sectors, including indigenous peoples, electric utilities, international development organizations, all levels of governments, and large and small businesses, on energy, community and natural resource protection, project development and management, and capacity building, from the Arctic to the Tropics.
The DeerStone Story:
“Deerstone” is a term coined by anthropologists to describe both specific artifacts and ancient cultures from the Mongolian Steppes of northcentral Asia that carved images of deer into stones. Descendants or parallels of these cultures still exist today in the indigenous cultures of the north—in Asia, Europe, and North America—and are still dependent on deer, caribou, reindeer, moose, antelope, and other animals.
Continued survival of the peoples and animals of the north and around the globe are now threatened by climate change, inefficient use and inequitable distribution of resources, and a lack of connection and understanding across cultures. The 2015 rapid and massive die-off of deer-like Saiga antelope from the Mongolian Steppes captured global attention and propelled the past into the present, with a dire warning for the future.
DeerStone also happens to be a selective combination of the last names of the company’s co-founders in German and Yiddish, among other languages. Specifically, Brian Hirsch’s last name means “deer,” while Hope Finkelstein’s last name means “shining stone.”
At DeerStone Consulting, we believe a combination of traditional knowledge, technology innovation, enlightened institutional policies, and sustainable business practices are all necessary for a healthy and shared future for all. This belief and vision results in a deep commitment to clean energy, sustainable community development, and respect for unique cultures around the world.