2006 Goi Peace Award Laureate


Duane Elgin

Futurist, Educator (United States)

“For promoting a new vision, consciousness and lifestyle that fosters a more sustainable and spiritual culture.”

 Duane Elgin has been at the forefront of exploring humanity’s evolutionary journey, sustainable ways of living, media accountability and citizen empowerment, and has inspired broad swaths of the public to transform their value systems and learn to live sustainably on the earth.


Duane Elgin is a visionary author, speaker, evolutionary activist, and educator. He is best known as the author of the classic bestseller Voluntary Simplicity. His other books include Promises Ahead, Awakening Earth and The Living Universe. He is a former senior social scientist at the think-tank SRI International, where he coauthored numerous studies on the long-range future for the Environmental Protection Agency, the President’s Science Adviser, and the National Science Foundation. He was also a senior staff member of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania.