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Brief descriptions of CPS mission, highlights of CPS history, biographies/photos of co-founders, awards, accolades, and media contact information.

Mission of CPS

Riane Eisler on partnership systems

The mission of the Center for Partnership Studies is to advance human development by accelerating movement to partnership systems through research, education, grassroots empowerment, and policy initiatives.

The partnership system supports our enormous human capacities for consciousness, caring, and creativity.

CPS is dedicated to building a culture of gender and racial equity, economic justice, and a sustainable environment.

Highlights of CPS History

Chalice & Blade CoverThe Center for Partnership Studies was founded in 1987 in response to the demand of readers of Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, the first book describing the partnership model and the domination model as two basic possibilities for beliefs, institutions, and relations. Since 1987, CPS has worked with individuals and organizations to change consciousness, promote positive personal action, encourage social advocacy, and influence policy.

Significant CPS achievements include:

CPS is a member of the NGO (nongovernmental organization) section of the United Nations and supports the UN Millennial Goals.

Biographies/photos of Co-founders

Riane Eisler

R EislerRiane Eisler is internationally known for The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (2007) — hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking and by Gloria Steinem as revolutionary. Her earlier bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (1987) is in 23 foreign editions.

Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS). She pioneered the extension of human rights protection to “women’s rights” and “children’s rights,” the inclusion of women’s economic contributions in measures of economic productivity, and a caring family policy agenda. She co-founded the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), speaks on radio and TV, has received many honors, including honorary Ph.D. degrees, and is included as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers.

Watch videos or Listen to audios of Dr. Eisler's speeches and interviews

Dr. Eisler speaks worldwide, invited by leaders such as Rita Suessmuth (President of the German Parliament) and Vaclav Havel (President of the Czech Republic), and keynotes conferences on economics, sustainable business, peace, women’s leadership, education, religion, human rights, and other areas addressed by her work.

Personal website

David Loye

david1.jpgSocial psychologist, systems-theorist, futurist, and CPS co-founder David Loye is the author of widely respected books on the use of the brain and mind in prediction, political leadership, race relations, and is the developer of new theories of moral sensitivity and evolution. 

During recent years he has been primarily involved with the scientific study of moral sensitivity. One phase of this research involves a comprehensive re-evaluation of the work of Darwin, Kant, Marx and Engels, Durkheim, Freud, Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan and other pioneers in scientific moral studies in the light of new discoveries in brain research, feminist and gender studies, human prehistory, and the systems dynamics of human cultural evolution. Loye has focused primarily on the development of action-oriented evolution theories. These include Moral Transformation Theory, Evolutionary Action Theory, and a Triadic Theory of Evolution.


  • Commissioner, The World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality (other commissioners include the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
  • Honorary member, Club of Budapest (other honorary members include President Mikhail Gorbachev, Elie Wiesel, and Edgar Morin)
  • Honorary Ph.D.s from Case Western Reserve University (2005)  Saybrook Institute (2008)
  • 2007 Unitarian Universalist Ministry to Women Award
  • 2006 & 2005 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
  • 2005 Soroptimists Award for Work Helping Women
  • 2000 Outstanding Educational Visionary Award, Champions of Caring
  • 1996 Humanist Pioneer Award
  • 1996 Alice Paul ERA Education Award
  • 1996 Human Relations Human Rights Excellence Award
  • 1992 Shaler Adams Foundation award for work on Women's Rights as Human Rights
  • 1990 National Women's Conference Committee Torchbearer's Award


On Books by Riane Eisler

RWON Book CoverThe Real Wealth of Nations gives us a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking . . . this brilliant book shows how we can build economic systems that meet both our material and spiritual needs. ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate 

The Real Wealth of Nations is a call to action. I whole-heartedly agree that it is not only politicians, businesses and financial institutions that must change, but rather each one of us must play a role in developing a more caring society. This book is an important tool that can help us make that happen. ~ Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE, Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Chalice & Blade CoverThe most important book since the Origin of the Species. ~ Ashley Montagu, Princeton Anthropologist

POP Book CoverThe Power of Partnership is the right medicine for virtually everything that ails our society and planet right now. . . a brilliantly accessible plan for transforming ourselves and our world. ~ Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Tomorrows Children Book CoverAs the World responds in shock and horror to the violence that seems to be infecting our schools, Riane Eisler offers a practical approach to creating schools that teach partnership, respect, and global understanding. ~ Tim Seldin, President, Montessori Foundation

On Speeches by Riane Eisler

My husband and I have been studying and reading about capitalism and democracy, and foolishly confining our choices to one or the other.  I am so glad to be reminded there is another potential way.  Strange how we are programed unknowingly to be unable to think "out of the box", to search for new solutions unbound by constraining traditions . . . You give us hope. . . . Thank you immensely. ~  Sandy Oestreich, Founder/President, National Equal Rights Alliance, Inc

When you gave that inspirational keynote address to our deans, vice presidents, and senior faculty, your talk sent more reverberations through our community than any speaker we'd ever had. You spoke from the heart, but also with such a depth and breadth of research data and sophisticated analysis at your finger tips, gently prodding us all to do better and better. ~ Edward M. Hundert, M.D., President, Case Western Reserve University, 2002-2006

When the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) held their Millennium Economic Conference, Riane Eisler’s keynote was electrifying, informational and sensitive to the needs of women and society. She was given a dynamic standing ovation and continues to be talked about by the women who were present. If you are looking for a keynote speaker who emotionally connects with the audience while delivering thought-provoking futuristic content, Riane Eisler is your person. She is truly a thought leader for the 21st century and her new book entitled, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics lays out the framework for the revolution. I believe Riane is a voice for our time, a voice that needs to be heard, a voice that points the way to a partnership future. ~ Barbara G. Stanbridge, Past National President, National Association of Women Business Owners

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