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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 2006, Duane received the International Goi Peace Award in Japan 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 (2010, 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 twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blog posts.
In the early 1970s, worked as a senior staff member of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future looking ahead from 1970 to 2000. He then worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the long-range future; for example, 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).
As a speaker, Duane has given more than 300 keynotes and workshops with audiences ranging from business executives and civic groups to churches and college students.
For the past three years, he has been the executive director of a project that has brought together more than a dozen “Great Transition Stories” that offer new cultural narratives for our collective imagination and that can serve help guide us toward a sustainable and meaningful future. He is now developing a growing number of collaborations with organizations in business, film and media, colleges and universities, and more.
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.
Over the past thirty years, Duane has co-founded three non-profit organizations working for media accountability, citizen empowerment, and a trans-partisan ‘community voice’ movement using the television airwaves legally owned by the public.
Duane is married to Coleen LeDrew Elgin, and he is also a father and grandfather. Duane and Coleen have collaborated on various projects such as the video overview of Duane’s book, The Living Universe and a book they co-authored, Living Legacies.
His professional website: GreatTransitionStories.org
His personal site: DuaneElgin.com
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WHOSE Birthday? podcast series 2014, parts 1-4
#32 – Igniting Simplicity Within Our Hearts | #33 – Susan Vogt, Meg Cox, Art Simon, Betsy Taylor | #34 – Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin and more! | #35 – Susan Briehl, Jill Miller and more!
Also, WHOSE Birthday? podcast series 2013, episodes 6-11 || Alternative Giving
WHOSE Birthday? 2014 online edition #26 | Looking back on Advent/Christmas and ahead to Easter season, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed — ADVENT/CHRISTMAS |LENT/EASTER.
Recent Responses to All SLW! Media
Welcome to the other podcast I co-host/produce, The Common Good Podcast.
- Feb. — Interview with Champions of Simple Living: author, blogger Susan Vogt.
Mentions in Earlier Episodes
Episode 31: Church consultant, writer and self-styled neuroecclesiologist BOB SITZE || SLW! Honor Roll of Champions of Simple Living || SLW! Mission | Ask Slim | Consumo Must Go! skit | “WHOSE Birthday?” submission guidelines | The Common Good Podcast || Responses: Simple Living Humor | Fall Festival Helps
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SLW! Podcast episode #30 — Paul Canavese and spouse Ann contributed to the Wedding Alternatives Supplement. Read the notes of my visit at Post #58. Paul’s message series on Gospel.Link – ways of creatively engaging people and faith communities on daily life spirituality, through leader and participant resources, some closely related to simple living.
- His new set of small group series on the Spirituality of Work, for seven different occupations; the last session of each is work/life balance. Growing Up Catholic reaches out to Catholic families, also with a simplicity aspect. | GospelLiving.org | Free online series, including “Faith@Work” and “The World As It Should Be” at Gospel.link | Resources supporting Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel, including “The Joy of Just Living: Living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poor” | Other Simple Living and Ecology resources
SLW! Recommends Literacy Service
This service contains books (paper, eBooks, audio), video (DVD, internet), audio (CD, MP3), blogs, podcasts, sites. These are somewhat current resources. For classic resources, visit Study/Activity/Action Guides. For more ideas, go to Getting Started. Also see Champions of Simple Living and other worthwhile Links.
Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – December
Tony & Shane Uncut
Vicki Robin, Cecile Andrews and more!
I hope that you can see the values of the following free resources and will use them as needed, or even better, acquaint yourself with them now so that you’re prepared for your next event.
- Introduction and Preface
- Part 1: Making Choices: Simple Living | Gift Giving | Food and Celebration | Getting Started
- Part 2: Gifts
- Part 3: Celebrations: Jan-Apr | May-Aug | Sep-Dec | Advent | Christmas
- Part 4: Rites of Passage, such as birthdays, anniversaries and funerals
We have covered much of this resource in earlier episodes. To LISTEN, visit the Episode Index.
Jubilee Economics colleague Lee Van Ham’s new book Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, part of The OneEarth Project.
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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist
MORE Mentions in Earlier Episodes
- Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) | Share the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media + BONUS: Social Media Supplement – Jerry’s Excellent Adventure
- Self-Starters Needed!
- Free coaching for groups on the internet
- Bring Simpler Living to Your Group!
- Simple Living Works! web site home page | Themes/Seasons Index
- 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas
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