Riane Eisler: President , Center for Partnership Studies

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RIANE EISLER is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 23 foreign editions, including most European languages and Chinese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, and Arabic. Her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” by Peter Senge as “desperately needed,” by Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and by Jane Goodall as “a call for action” – proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and for our natural environment.

Riane Eisler keynotes conferences worldwide and is a consultant to business and government on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. She has spoken at the UN and international venues include Germany at the invitation of Prof. Rita Suessmuth, President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and Daniel Goeudevert (Chair of Volkswagen); Colombia, invited by the Mayor of Bogota; and the Czech Republic, invited by Vaclav Havel (President of the Czech Republic).

Other books drawing from her multi-disciplinary research are her award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Centurey, as well as Sacred Pleasure, a daring reexamination of sexuality and spirituality, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s general quality of life. Her earlier books, drawing from her legal experience, include Dissolution and The Equal Rights Handbook, widely used in the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Riane Eisler was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and now teaches in the Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a founding member of the General Evolution Research Group (GERG), a fellow of the Academy of Art and Science and the World Business Academy, a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a Commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, along with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders. With Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams, she co-founded the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), www.saiv.net and is president of the Center for Partnership Studies, www.partnershipway.org,

She has written over 300 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, the Christian Science Monitor, and the UNESCO Courier to Brain and Mind, the Human Rights Quarterly, the International Journal of Women's Studies, and the World Encyclopedia of Peace.

Dr. Eisler is the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Adam Smith, Hegel, Marx, and Toynbee selected for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including  honorary Ph.D. degrees, the Alice Paul ERA Education Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and is in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

Riane Eisler can be contacted at [email protected]

Her personal website is www.rianeeisler.com.