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Riane Eisler

RIANE EISLER, JD is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and is internationally known for her ground-breaking contributions as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Harper & Row, 1988), now in 25 foreign editions, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (Berrett-Koehler, 2008), hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” by Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and by Jane Goodall as “a call for action."

Dr. Eisler lectures worldwide, with venues including the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, Congressional briefings, and events hosted by heads of State such as Rita Suessmuth, former President of the German Parliament and Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic. She keynotes major conferences and speaks at universities and corporations internationally.

She is a member of the Club of Rome, a Councilor of the World Future Council and the International Museum of Women, a member of the General Evolution Research Group, a fellow of the Academy of Art and Science and the World Business Academy, a Commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, and a member of other international and national councils.

A child refugee from Nazi Europe, she grew up in the industrial slums of Havana and later obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught at UCLA, and now teaches in the Leadership graduate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Eisler is founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, dedicated to research, education, and public policy work through programs such as the Caring Economy Campaign working on development of Social Wealth indicators that show the financial value of investing in people and nature and has a Caring Economy Coalition and Leadership Training program. Another CPS program is the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), which Eisler co-founded with Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams.


Riane Eisler has been a leader in the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, economic equity, and human rights. Her work is widely applied in many organizations, and she consults for business and governments on practical applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.

Other books drawing from her multidisciplinary research include the award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow’s Children, 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.

Eisler has written over 300 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science Monitor, Challenge, 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 Hegel, Adam Smith, 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 included 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.

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