The Goi Peace Foundation bestowed the 2015 Goi Peace Award on Lynne Twist, a social activist, fundraiser, author and consultant, who has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and organizations in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for humanity and all life on earth. Created in 2000, previous Goi Peace Award recipients include Ervin Laszlo, Oscar Arias, Bill Gates and Deepak Chopra.
Ms. Twist received the award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2015 held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on December 1, 2015.
The selection committee has chosen Lynne Twist for the Goi Peace Award “in recognition of her lifelong commitment to empower humanity in creating a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all. Through her transformative educational activities that affirm the essential values and dignity of every life, she has inspired people around the globe to contribute towards a better world by transforming their relationships with money, as well as with themselves, with one another, and with the natural world.”
In 1977, Ms. Twist became the chief fundraising officer for The Hunger Project in to help end world hunger, raising over 200 million dollars in the course of her 20-year tenure.
In 1996, Ms. Twist and her husband, Bill, co-founded The Pachamama Alliance—a social profit (nonprofit) organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, her on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in. The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspired her to write her best-selling, award-winning book “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life” (W.W. Norton, 2003).
In 2003, she founded The Soul of Money Institute, a center for exploring and sharing the best practices, theories, and attitudes that enable people to relate to money and the money culture with greater freedom, power, and effectiveness. She has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in board retreats, workshops, keynote presentations and one-on-one coaching in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and having a healthy relationship with money.
As a result of her work around the world, Ms. Twist earned an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Centenary College and has won numerous awards including the United Nations Woman of Distinction award, honoring her work to end world hunger; the Purpose Prize Fellow; Humanitarian of the Year Award from Youth at Risk; Entrepreneurs’ Award from Katalysis Partnership; The Rainforest Champion Award from the Rainforest Action Network; and the Nautilus Book Award: 2004 Grand Prize for The Soul of Money. She serves on a number of social profit boards including the Fetzer Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences and Bioneers.
Lynne Twist official website
Commemorative Address by Lynne Twist