Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin, M.A., M.B.A.
Speaker, author, and social visionary

Change the Story to Change the World

The first step in building a promising future for humanity is to visualize it together. Although many people can visualize a future of catastrophe and ruin, far fewer can imagine a future of opportunity and renewal. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, we tend to actualize what we can vividly imagine. Discovering the simple, emotionally powerful stories that describe our human journey and call our higher human potentials from us is a key task for our times. With the old stories breaking down, and new stories not yet in their place, the world is uniquely open. There is a handful of great transition narratives that provide deep insight into changes underway in our world and Duane will briefly review a few of these to illustrate new story potentials.


Duane Elgin 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.”


“All art requires courage.” – Anne Tucker