To Live A Committed Life

Note: In honor of Social Venture Network’s 25-year anniversary, the network is inducting 25 of its most innovative and influential leaders into its hall of fame Nov. 13 at Gotham Hall in New York City. To recognize these sustainable business pioneers, SVN’s news program, ‘Sustainable Solutions,’ is interviewing the hall-of-famers to celebrate their accomplishments and learn what more needs to be done. Read the whole series here.

Lynne Twist is conducting an interview from the Vancouver, British Columbia airport on a Saturday night. Next, she’s flying to the Amazon rainforest with a group of movers and shakers to support indigenous people in a David and Goliath battle to prevent their land from oil extraction.

These are some of many ways the author, activist and former leader of the Hunger Project is staying true to a pledge she made many years ago to live a committed life.

“I just really got that I could live a life of absolute total commitment, and I could make a difference with my life,” says Twist.

It was conversations with Buckminster Fuller, a 20th century inventor and visionary, who inspired Twist with his radical ideas about the power of human creativity and the need to move from a “you or me” to a “you and me” perspective.

Since her initial pact to do everything she can to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually-fulfilling and socially-just human presence on the planet, Twist has made waves across the globe, from preserving more than 1.8 million acres of Amazon rainforest as co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance to writing The Soul of Money, which has empowered countless individuals and organizations to find peace and sufficiency in their relationship with money and the money culture.

She’s worked alongside Mother Theresa, Desmond Tutu, even attending Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, all as a result of living a life of meaning.

“I never could have planned that,” says Twist, on adventures that now include working with women Nobel Peace Prize laureates to end violence against women and girls.

While the notion of one individual making a difference was once a radical idea, Twist says transformation is taking place. People are more connected than ever before, which is leading to unprecedented breakthroughs, from America electing its first African American president to the Arab Spring and Occupy movements.

“The world is waking up to the critical times of which we are living, and that individuals make a difference, that working together and collaboration is way more powerful than competition, and that we all have a responsibility to future generations and to one another unlike any generation that has lived before us,” she says.

Lynne and her husband Bill Twist are being honored by SVN as Visionary Social Entrepreneurs.

Lynne credits Social Venture Network (SVN) for creating a movement bound by what she says is human beings’ greatest attribute — courage.

She says for more than 20 years, SVN has fostered a space for boldness and risk-taking, with many people sticking their neck out to break ground, forging a path for bigger companies to follow.

“What’s not in crisis is people working with people to change the world,” she says.

“So, I think things are absolutely awesome. And I know the problems are huge but the problems aren’t too big for the ingenuity, innovation, brilliance, heart and commitment of the human family.”

This article written by is part of a Social Venture Network series featuring its Hall of Fame honorees.


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Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P.4 years ago


Huber F.
Huber F.4 years ago


june t.
june t.4 years ago

thanks for the article

Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime Alves4 years ago


Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime Alves4 years ago


Christeen Anderson

Let's all work together for the good.

David Nuttle
Past Member 4 years ago

After my five decades of agricultural development and national security work, in 42 developing nations, I learned it is far better to recruit teams of dedicated individuals to support your efforts rather than trying to do everything yourself ... so you can say you live a committed life. Even within the family, a family functions much better with team work. I think Lynne & Bill Twist are
doing just that although the article did not make that clear.

Debra Griffin
Missy G.4 years ago


Debra Griffin
Missy G.4 years ago


Geela Green
Geela Green4 years ago

Wow, fascinating. Thank you.