John Perkins

John Perkins, one of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting, 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.

His book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man spent 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and is a startling exposé of international corruption. His The Secret History of the American Empire, also a New York Times bestseller, Hoodwinked, and the recently published The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man are blueprints for global transformation, for truing what he calls a Death Economy into a Life Economy. His books on indigenous cultures and shamanism include Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. He founded and ran a highly successful alternative energy company, was Chief Economist at a major consulting firm, and is a founder and board member of DreamChange and the Pachamama Alliance, nonprofits dedicated to creating an environmentally sustainable, socially just world.

Published in more than 30 languages, his own books on economics, geo-politics, shamanism, and indigenous cultures, have sold more than 1 million copies and spent more than 70 months on the New York Times list. He has started and managed successful corporations and nonprofits, lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and more than 50 other universities around the world, and been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, and the History Channel, and in Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other media outlets, as well as in numerous documentaries.

Perkins has studied with indigenous prophets and shamans and taught at universities and learning centers on four continents. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Business Administration, he served in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s and as United States Representative to the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency in the 1970s. He also served as chief economist at the international consulting firm Chas. T. Main, where he worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. He has advised the World Bank, the United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

John Perkins has been featured on ABC Television and the A&E and History networks, and in many publications. He is author of several books on shamanism, including Shapeshifting; The World Is As You Dream It; Spirit of the Shuar, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and the New York Times best-sellers, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies and are published in over 30 languages.

What Others are Saying About John Perkins

“John Perkins inspires us to get up and take action to create a more just and equitable world.”
—Jack Canfield, cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

“Only a handful of visionaries have recognized that indigenous wisdom can aid the transition to a sustainable world. John Perkins...brings great insight for an industrial civilization.”
—Edgar Mitchell, ScD, founder of Institute of Noetic Sciences