Duane Elgin
Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin

Futurist, Sustainability Expert, and Author

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Speaking Topics

  • New Media
  • Sustainability
  • Future Trends
  • Environmental Issues
  • The World At The Tipping Point
  • Citizen Participation

Travels From

  • CA

Speaker's Fee Range

    $7,500 - $10,000

Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author and social visionary. For more than three decades, he has defined the cutting edge in consciousness research, in the ecology movement and in future studies. Duane Elgin pioneered the "Voluntary Simplicity" movement with his now classic first book of the same name. Duane Elgin looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world, examining how momentous "adversity trends" (such as climate change) are meeting equally momentous "opportunity trends" (such as the global communications revolution) and what the implications of such a convergence may hold.

Duane Elgin totally engaged more than 2,000 green building professionals in a spirited dialog about the future, and in the process began conversations between individuals that spilled over into the conference halls. Duane's strength is 'speaking with,' instead of 'talking to.' Participants were empowered to be part of an ongoing dialog about our mutual future. As chair of the world's largest green building conference, I can say that Duane's impact was immediate, profound and likely to be lasting on our industry

-- US Greenbuild Conference

Duane Elgin's books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness. With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man. In addition, Duane Elgin has contributed chapters to sixteen books, and has published more than seventy articles.

For more than thirty years, Duane Elgin has been speaking and writing in four major areas: the big picture of humanity's evolutionary journey at this pivotal time in history, more sustainable and satisfying ways of living, media accountability for an empowered citizenry and society, and the convergence of science with the world's wisdom traditions and their shared views of a living universe.

In the early 1970s, Duane Elgin 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 co-authored 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).

Duane Elgin 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.
In 2005, Duane Elgin 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."

More About Duane Elgin. . .
As a speaker, Duane Elgin has given more than 300 keynotes and workshops with audiences ranging from business executives and civic groups to churches and college students. He brings an engaging, conversational approach to his presentations, which audiences often describe as "absolutely captivating" and that they "inspire our deepest thinking."

Over the past twenty twenty-five years, Duane Elgin has co-founded three non-profit organizations concerned with media accountability and citizen empowerment.
Suggested Keynote Programs
  • Green Business and New Consumer Values in a World of Rapid Change:
  • The World At The Tipping Point -- A Hopeful View of Our Future:
  • Moving Toward Simplicity, Sustainability, and Community:
  • We Live In a Living Universe:
  • Media Accountability & Citizen Empowerment:
  • OUR WORLD IN TRANSITION: What lies ahead—disaster or renewal?
  • MOVING FROM THE RAT RACE TO THE HUMAN RACE: Cool lifestyles for a hot planet
  • COLLECTIVE CRISIS MEETS COLLECTIVE WISDOM: Stunning insights from science and spirituality offer new insights about the universe and the human journey.
What People Are Saying

"Duane Elgin gave an absolutely captivating presentation to a very bright and savvy group of business leaders in our 'Executives Leading Sustainable Change' program. He provoked our deepest thinking and inspired urgent action! Hiring Duane is one of the best investments we have ever made!"

-- Rayona Sharpnack, President of the Institute for Women Leadership, Redwood City, California

"Among the nationally distinguished presenters in our 'Technology and Society Series' at Santa Clara University, Duane Elgin was one of the finest. His talk and ensuing discussion on alternative futures and ecological lifestyles was rated by students and community participants as one of the most engaging and entertaining presentations of the series. I give Duane Elgin my highest recommendation."

-- Mitch Saunders, Director of Programs, California Leadership