Duane Elgin

Author, Researcher, Speaker, Media Activist

Specialties: Speaking and consulting on: 1) global trends and the dynamics of great transition for the human journey; 2) sustainable ways of living, both personal and collective; 3) social media for social change; and 4) the meeting of science and spirituality.

Since 2010, I have been the executive director of the "Great Transition Stories" project that offer new narratives to guide us toward a sustainable and meaningful future. Collaborations are developing with colleges and online learning, diverse media organizations, green businesses, civic groups and more.

Author: 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 (Harper/Collins, 2000); AWAKENING EARTH: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (Morrow, 1993); and VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (Harper/Collins, latest edition 2010, first ed. 1981). Co-authored (with Joseph Campbell and others) CHANGING IMAGES OF MAN (Pergamon, 1982).

Researcher: In the early 1970s, I worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International, conducting research on the long-range future for government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the President's Science Advisor, and private corporations such as the Ford Motor Co. Prior to that I worked as a senior social scientist with a joint Congressional-Presidential Commission on the American Future.

Speaker: I have given more than 300 keynotes and workshops to audiences ranging from business executives and civic groups to spiritual communities and college students.

Media Activist: Over the past 30 years, I have co-founded three trans-partisan non-profit organizations working for media accountability and an empowered democracy.

Education: I have an MBA from Wharton (1968) and an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania (1969).