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Speaker Spotlight: John Perkins - The Economic Insider & Master Storyteller

Foe turned colleague, author Greg Palast wrote in 2007 about his experience with the economic hit man in the 1980s:

“To steal millions, you need a top team of armed robbers. But to steal billions, you need PhD's with color charts and economic projections made of fairy dust and eye of newt. Perkins had it all - including a magical thing called a computer-generated spreadsheet (this was well before Excel)"…”But, as in every moral tale, Perkins, the modern Dr. Faust, found redemption in confession. And we're lucky he did. Because, in Perkins' confessionals, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and his latest, the just-released Secret History of the American Empire, we find out what makes these guys tick. By "these guys" I mean the vultures who suck up development aide, the sharks who use the World Bank as their enforcers, the corporate marauders, power pirates and hedge fund hogs with their snouts in the economic trough.”

John’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list) is a startling exposé of international corruption. His new work, The Secret History of the American Empirealso a New York Times bestseller, details the clandestine operations that created the world’s first truly global empire. Howard Zinn summed up John’s 2009 book, Hoodwinked, best: "John Perkins has been in and out of the world of high finance and low ethics, and in Hoodwinked he not only illuminates that world with dramatic stories and keen insights, but suggests what we might do to create a better society." 

John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit. He has lectured at more than 50 universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation, including: Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, PsychonavigationSpirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel and many other publications, as well as in numerous documentaries including The End of Poverty?, Zeitgeist Addendum and Apology of an Economic Hit Man.

In a TreeHugger interview at San Francisco Green Festival in April, John questioned the Director of Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford, John Viera, about corporations’ responsibility to lead a sustainable future:

(Also, see John Perkins interview Sylvia Mendez and Jessica Kellner)

Meet and Hear John Perkins Saturday May 21st at 1 pm on the Main Stage at Seattle Green Festival