Green Festival Speakers

Paul Hawken



Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Larry King, Talk of the Nation, Charlie Rose, and has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, Business Week, Esquire, and US News and World Report. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Resurgence, New Statesman, Inc, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Orion, and over a hundred other publications.
He is author and coauthor of dozens of articles, opeds, papers, as well as six books including The Next Economy (Ballantine 1983), Growing a Business (Simon and Schuster 1987), and The Ecology of Commerce (HarperCollins 1993). The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 1998 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. His book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999) coauthored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who has called it one of the five most important books in the world today. His books have been published in over 50 countries in 27 languages and have sold over 2 million copies. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17part PBS series, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and watched by over 100 million people. His latest book was published by Viking in May 2007 and is entitled Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being, and Why No One Saw it Coming.

Paul has founded or cofounded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He presently heads the Pax Group, a research and development corporation focused on energysaving technologies that apply biomimicry to engineering and fluid dynamics. Paul is also the executive director of the Natural Capital Institute, a research group located in Sausalito, California. The main project of Natural Capital Institute is the creation of the first open source platform for global social change, WiserEarth. The acronym WISER stands for World Index of Social and Environmental Responsibility.