Duane is available for talks, workshops, and seminars. Described below are the most popular keynote and workshop themes. Each can be adapted to meet the needs of specific audiences. Here is other important information:
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I offer both keynotes and workshops that build on decades of experience. Here are three themes that are of particular interest:
Great Transition Stories
How can we describe this time of planetary transition in ways that are universally understood? There may be no greater challenge in building a promising future than discovering compelling stories that draw us together in co-creating that future. Instead of a time of despair, this can be a time of conscious transition; and there are deep narratives that can serve as beacons of hope and guide us toward a more promising future. This draws from my book Awakening Earth as well as Changing Images of Man, a book I co-authored with Joseph Campbell and others. It also builds on my work as the director of the Great Transition Stories website and project.
Sustainable and Thriving Life-Ways for the Future
How can we live with greater material balance? What do life-ways of sustainable prosperity look like? What new skills will be needed for building this new future and what old skills will have to be remembered? What is the role of community in building this new foundation for the future? These themes are found in my books Voluntary Simplicity and Promise Ahead.
Living in a Living Universe
Plato said, “The universe is a single living creature that encompasses all living creatures within it.” What is the scientific evidence for regarding the universe as somehow alive? In which direction does it point? And how do the world’s diverse wisdom traditions regard the possibility of a living universe? What does this mean about the nature of who we are and where we are going? These questions are explored, for example, in my books The Living Universe and Awakening Earth.
EDUCATOR – SEMINARS and COURSES
Online Presentations, Seminars, and Courses
These can range from a single session to a multi-week course (with online forums, videos, articles, etc.), or an entire semester. Because online communication and learning is affordable, flexible, and easy, I can stream live into your classroom, boardroom, or meeting room for an interactive presentation and conversation.
Responding to Our Great Transition
I work with business leaders, educators, civic leaders, screenwriters and others to find helpful ways of understanding our time of great transition and to take creative actions. For example, if a community or a company has a sense of identity, history, and purpose, it has a built-in source of resilience that will help it bounce back from traumatic shocks, be they ecological, economic, climate-related, or otherwise.