Keynote Address


duaneelgin.jpgDUANE ELGIN is an internationally recognized speaker, author, educator, and media activist.  His books include: The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, Voluntary Simplicity, and Awakening Earth. With Joseph Campbell and other scholars, he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man. Duane has worked as a senior staff member of a Presidential Commission on the American Future looking ahead from 1970 to 2000 and as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he co-authored numerous studies of the long-range future; for example, Anticipating Future Global Problems, for the President's Science Advisor. He is also a passionate media activist and, over the past twenty-five years, he has co-founded three non-profit and trans-partisan organizations working for media accountability and citizen empowerment.

Duane received an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and an MA in economic-history from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, he 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. His website is:

Duane's Keynote Address: The Living Universe:  Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?

Traditionally, science has regarded the universe as made up of inert matter and empty space. This non-living view of the universe has led to rampant materialism and global environmental degradation. Duane Elgin brings together evidence from cosmology, biology, physics, and spirituality to show that the universe is not dead but rather uniquely alive. We are always in communion with this field of aliveness whether we are conscious of it or not. To transform our planetary crises we need to move past a paradigm of separation and exploitation. Elgin asks us to see humanity on a heroic journey of awakening as we learn to live sustainably on the Earth, in harmony with one another, and in communion with the living universe.

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