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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“We have thoroughly tested the neoliberal theory that whatever profits a global corporation serves the common good. The result is that it doesn’t.”  (Photo: Illustration by Stuart Kinlough/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People Not Corporations
Those who pay attention to trade and economics saw President Trump’s imposition of new tariffs—25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum—as just one more bad policy decision by an administration in disarray. Trump may, however, have done us all the favor of reopening a discussion of tariffs,...
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  “Monopoly power separated from community control doesn’t work, whether we put that power into the hands of a few billionaires and call it capitalism, or into the hands of a few government bureaucrats and call it socialism.” (Photo: xPACIFICA/Getty) Views
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street
Laurence D. Fink, founder and chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s largest institutional investor, recently set the financial world abuzz with a letter to the CEOs of the world’s largest public companies . He notified them that henceforth BlackRock will be holding them accountable for more...
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Sunday, January 21, 2018
When Economic Growth Indicates Failure
Nothing can be duller than listening to an economist or other policy expert pontificate endlessly on such metrics as gross domestic product, stock market prices, employment, and consumer confidence. Most of all they talk about GDP: Rising GDP is good; falling GDP is bad. But as a measure of...
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
What Bitcoin and Amazon Are Doing to the Middle Class
As 2017 draws to an end, it is perhaps fitting that Congress chose to close out the year with the passage of a tax bill that does more to redistribute wealth to the already wealthy than any other piece of legislation since the Gilded Age. The tax bill, as regressive as it is, isn’t new, but simply...
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According to the Ecological Footprint Network, humans currently consume at a rate 1.7 times what Earth’s generative capacity can sustain—and the gap is growing. (Photo by Lee Scott on Unsplash.) Views
Friday, December 22, 2017
How to Restore Our Relationship to Earth
To have a viable human future on this overstressed planet, it is essential that we build a solidarity economy that seeks material sufficiency and spiritual abundance for all in balance with a living Earth. We must join in common cause to build local relationships of caring and equitable sharing...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
Let’s Talk About What We Really Want From Tax Reform
As Donald Trump and the Republicans turn national attention to their tax reform agenda, we confront a debate defined by familiar questions. Will the proposed tax code changes spur growth and job creation? How will they impact the deficit? Who will benefit? One less familiar question: How much will...
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"Might we, by willful choice, transition from Earth exploiters to Earth healers?" (Photo: Bart/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, September 02, 2017
For the Love of Earth
On July 9, New York magazine published “The Uninhabitable Earth,” a worst-case climate change scenario suggesting that our current human course may produce an unlivable future for Earth. A burst of media commentary and controversy followed, and it quickly became the most-read article in the...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide
Four days after President Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the Global Footprint Network (GFN) reported that Earth Overshoot Day 2017 will fall on August 2. Most Americans likely have no idea what that means. The basic point is quite simple: From...
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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Mayor's Unflinching Honesty About Confederate Monuments Gives Me Hope
I’ve rarely been so moved by a political speech. If you haven’t heard it, don’t miss it. I refer to the speech on May 19 by Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans. He was speaking about the reasons for his city’s removal of monuments to Confederate generals. (You can read the text, but to get the...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut
I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical sensibility, systemic analysis, and readability of Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth . Especially unique...
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