Duane Elgin

About Duane Elgin: Author of Voluntary Simplicity and The Living Universe

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Awakening Earth is the website of Duane Elgin. It offers books, articles, and videos in four major areas: 1) the big picture of the human journey with the world at the tipping point; 2) the importance of simplicity, sustainability, and community for building a green future; 3) the universe as a living system and how we can live in conscious relationship with it; and 4) the role of media accountability and citizen empowerment to respond to the challenges and opportunities we now confront. 

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Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world.  In 2005, Duane received the Japanese “Goi International Peace Award” in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”

His books include: THE LIVING UNIVERSE: Where Are We?  Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); PROMISE AHEAD: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (1993 and 1981), and AWAKENING EARTH: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993).  With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book CHANGING IMAGES OF MAN (1982).  In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to sixteen books, and has published more than seventy articles.
In the early 1970s, Duane worked as a senior staff member of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future.  He then worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous long-range, futures studies, such as: Anticipating Future National and Global Problems (for the President’s Science Advisor), Alternative Futures for Environmental Policy (for the Environmental Protection Agency), The Future of the Automobile (for the Ford Motor Co.), and Limits to the Management of Large, Complex Systems (for the President’s Science Advisor). 
Over the past twenty twenty-five years, Duane has co-founded three non-profit organizations concerned with media accountability and citizen empowerment; see: www.ourmediavoice.org.
As a speaker, Duane has given more than 250 keynotes and workshops with audiences ranging from business executives and civic groups to churches and college students.
He has an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. 
Find out more about Duane's keynote talks here and about his speaking reviews here.

Brief biographical sketch

DUANE ELGIN, MBA and MA is an internationally recognized, visionary speaker and author.  His books include:  Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Awakening Earth.  In 2006, Duane received the international “Goi Peace Award” in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”  Duane’s website is: www.awakeningearth.org