David Korten

David Korten

Dr. David Korten 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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Friday, December 16, 2016 - 8:45am
Trump Played to Anger, But We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer
The heroic work of the Standing Rock water protectors represents a defining moment in the long struggle against the institutions of empire and colonial rule. It is fitting that the leaders are indigenous peoples who have come together in an ever-widening circle. As the Standing Rock circle has...
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Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:30pm
Forget More Regulation: Make Corporations Serve the Public Interest
My previous column called for a major restructuring of both governmental and corporate institutions to strengthen democracy and subordinate corporate power and the pursuit of corporate profits to the power and interests of living people and communities. I was a youth during the brief historical...
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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:00am
We Never Voted for Corporate Rule
This column is the second part of a series. To read Part One, click here . In Part One, I argued that a healthy society requires that governments be accountable to the people for the well-being of all , and that corporations be accountable to democratic governments. Last week, Bayer, a...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:00pm
Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine
The recent 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers was a reminder of the terrible consequences when a nation ignores the lessons of history—including its own recent history. The U.S. military budget is a tragic example. We currently spend roughly $598...
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Friday, August 12, 2016 - 1:15pm
How to Break the Power of Money
Our current political chaos has a simple explanation. The economic system is driving environmental collapse, economic desperation, political corruption, and financial instability. And it isn’t working for the vast majority of people. It serves mainly the interests of a financial oligarchy that in...
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Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 12:45pm
"Free" Trade? Fraud Alert
It is rare these days to hear the words "market" and "trade" without the word "free" attached—especially on corporate media. I even hear colleagues who are pursuing a more localized economy use these terms without realizing that by so doing they are subtly and unintentionally promoting a political...
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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 11:30am
What If Trade Agreements Helped People, Not Corporations
Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has become so widespread that no U.S. presidential candidate currently dares to favor it. European citizens likewise oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement. This opposition presents an opportunity to propose...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
Why This Is the Year of the Anti-Corporate Presidential Campaign
A recently released study by four leading economists of voting in U.S. congressional races uncovered an important pattern. According to a New York Times report on the study, “Areas hardest hit by trade shocks were much more likely to move to the far right or the far left politically.” Job losses,...
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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 9:45am
Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up
Listen to the political candidates as they put forward their economic solutions. You will hear a well-established and rarely challenged narrative. “We must grow the economy to produce jobs so people will have the money to grow their consumption, which will grow more jobs…” Grow. Grow. Grow. But...
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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 12:45pm
This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back
April 22 is Earth Day 2016. Each Earth Day marks another milestone in a profound human reawakening to the truth that we are children of a living Earth who survive and prosper only as contributing members of a living Earth community. The first Earth Day, in 1970, brought 20 million people to U.S...
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