Duncan Campbell, JD
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Duncan Campbell, Esq. is acknowledged as “a widely recognized visionary thinker with a commanding knowledge of the most important issues of the day”, including the importance of co-creative dialogue for transformational change and the pressing societal need for the democratization of the energy economy. In his Living Dialogues® program, he bring the lessons of evolutionary consciousness into the practical world of business and sustainable energy concerns. Previously he was a leading entrepreneurial lawyer, pioneering computer and high tech law in the Rocky Mountain Region and serving on the Colorado Governor’s High Technology Advisory Group and other government and private advisory boards. He presently is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Asian Studies at University of Colorado, Boulder and an early angel investor in new energy ventures. These include solar and energy efficiency technologies and a paradigm-shifting smart grid inverter company developing technology to connect the information world of the Internet with the energy world—for a secure, efficient, empowering, and distributed (“SEED”) new energy integrating meta-micro grid. In the last 40 years he has gained extensive experience in the fields of psychology, philosophy, spirituality, law, business, finance, politics, communications and teaching. Duncan holds a certificate from the Sorbonne, and degrees from Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Duncan Campbell holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Yale University, and a Certificate from the Sorbonne. His experience in the last forty years has included the fields of law, business, finance, psychology, philosophy, politics, communications, and teaching.
While at Yale, Duncan was a Scholar of the House and won the Yale Political Union Freshman Prize Debate, other competitors of which included classmate John Kerry. The prophetic closing sentence of Duncan’s winning speech in the spring of 1963: “As we go forward in facing the challenges of the next part of this century, we must always remember, and take as our lodestar, the interests of the planet, and the unborn.” These words, which resonated intuitively with his peers then, are as relevant, even more so, today, when the spirit of the times is once again calling this perspective to the front. (Duncan was also the chosen student speaker in 1969 for the annual Lincoln’s Inn Dinner with the Harvard Law School faculty and members.)
During Duncan’s twenty-seven years as an entrepreneurial lawyer before retiring in 2001, he was a pioneer in the development of computer/high technology and venture capital law in the Rocky Mountain region, and served on the Colorado Governor’s High Technology Advisory Group and other government and private advisory boards. In 1986 he brought together lawyers, venture capitalists, accountants, and consultants in a coordinated program for the first time in a Colorado Legal Education Forum he organized and chaired on start-up entrepreneurial companies.
He was a co-founder of a pioneering wireless communications company which went public in August 2000 with over 200 employees at a valuation of $425M. He is an early angel investor and served as a key member of the Board of Directors of a leading innovative solar energy company for three years (2003-2006) until the company’s receipt of its initial major A-list venture capital and strategic partner funding he helped architect, which was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal. Among other new energy ventures, including a leading energy efficiency company, he is currently also an angel investor and advisor to a paradigm-shifting smartgrid inverter company, owner of a breakthrough new “transverter” technology connecting the information world of the Internet with the energy world -- for what I call a secure, efficient, empowering, and distributed (“SEED”) new energy integrating meta-micro grid, to complement and strengthen our fragile mono-centralized carbon fossil fuel (“COFF”) grid.
Duncan has traveled widely, in both industrial and developing countries, including indigenous cultures. He has been a participant in various world-historical events, including being on the barricades in front of the Russian White House Parliament Building in Moscow on the night of August 20-21, 1991 during the “Second Russian Revolution”, and in the Global Forum and Citizens Summit at the Rio, Brazil UNCED Earth Summit in June 1992 (where he and future Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai met and breakfasted together discussing her personal experiences and transformative Green Movement project in Kenya).
Duncan has taught and presented in a variety of formal and informal venues in the fields above noted in the U.S., including courses for credit at Harvard College and the John F. Kennedy School of Politics while still in law school, the American Bar Association Presidential Showcase Seminar, and numerous others, as well as in Europe, Brazil, Russia, India, China (Hong Kong), and Taiwan. He has hosted his Living Dialogues programs with internationally renowned and pioneering authors and visionaries on public television, and now on radio and the Internet, including leading political and social figures and commentators, such as Ted Sorensen, Paul Krugman, David Boren, Congressman Jay Inslee, Lester Brown, etc.