Duane Elgin

GOI International Peace recipient, internationally recognized visionary speaker and author – The Living Universe. 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, and physics to show that the universe is not dead but rather uniquely alive, an insight that is in harmony with all of the world’s major wisdom traditions. A living universe perspective radically transforms our concept of ourselves, our place in the cosmos, and the evolutionary trajectory of humanity. To transform our planetary crises it is vital to move past a paradigm of deadness that fosters exploitation and to see ourselves entering a new era of discovery where, together, we are learning to live in a living universe.

DUANE ELGIN, MBA and MA is an internationally recognized, visionary speaker and author. His books include: The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, Voluntary Simplicity, and Awakening Earth. He has worked as a senior staff member of the Presidential Commission on the American Future and as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the future. 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: