David Korten

Dr. David Korten (livingeconomiesforum.org) is the author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and the international best seller When Corporations Rule the World. He is board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, president of the Living Economies Forum, and a member of the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:29am
Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness
It is an extraordinary moment when the entire world pauses to honor and celebrate the life and spirit of a truly remarkable human being.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 2:44pm
What Would a Down-to-Earth Economy Look Like?
With proper care and respect, Earth can provide a high quality of life for all people in perpetuity. Yet we devastate productive lands and waters for a quick profit, a few temporary jobs, or a one-time resource fix.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:53am
Growth or Equality: Two Competing Visions for America’s Future
The current political debate in America hints at an unspoken, but profoundly important choice between two radically different visions of the path to prosperity for all.
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Monday, August 13, 2012 - 8:48am
America’s Deficit Attention Disorder
The political debate in the United States and Europe has focused attention on public financial deficits and how best to resolve them. Tragically, the debate largely ignores the deficits that most endanger our future.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 9:05am
Rio+20: A Defining Choice
Next week, 20 years after the 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit, representatives of the world’s governments will gather again in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to frame a global response to the Earth’s environmental crisis. Debates leading up to Rio+20 are focusing attention on a foundational choice between two divergent paths to the human future.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 8:17am
A Plea for Rio+20: Don’t Commodify Nature
“Time is life.”
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 6:48am
When Bankers Rule the World
The tell-all defection of Greg Smith , a former Goldman Sachs executive, provided an insider’s view of the moral corruption of the Wall Street banks that control of much of America’s economy and politics.
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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 8:35am
Beyond the Bubble Economy
Public anger at the 2008 Wall Street bailout, concerns about debt, and a deep and pervasive fear that another financial crash is just a matter of time create an important moment of opportunity for a long overdue public conversation about the purpose of financial services and the necessary steps to assure that the financial sector fulfills that purpose.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 7:53am
Why I'm in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet
At this moment the brave and dedicated #OccupyWallStreet protesters are in the streets of New York and cities around the world. They call the world’s attention to Wall Street greed and corruption as a common source of the many crises that threaten the human future—economic, political, social, and environmental. This is a defining moment for America. It is our country’s version of the uprisings occurring around the world. It is a ray of hope for democracy and real prosperity in America and beyond.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 11:42am
The Path to Real Prosperity
Like most white middle class Americans of my generation, I grew up believing that our strong market economy and democratic political institutions make us the world's greatest and most prosperous nation. The America of my youth was the product of a strong social contract that said we are all in this together—at least the white folks—and we all do best when we all do well. That contract made America the envy of the world.
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