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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Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by DuKai/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
You Can’t Put Capitalism Over Sustainability—and Other Lessons From China
I just returned from a conference of influential decision-makers in China, where I presented on economics for an ecological civilization in the 21st century. China and the United States are very different, but when it comes to current threats and missed opportunities, we share a great deal more...
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A section of a 1933 mural by artist Diego Rivera, whose work often celebrated socialism, including labor, industry, and the use of technology for improving humanity’s condition. ( Photo: Detroit Institute of Arts) Views
Friday, March 01, 2019
Climate Change Is Too Serious for Political Labels
This month the Green New Deal was introduced in the U.S. Congress with much fanfare, and its opponents quickly mobilized. The resolution is more than a set of specific legislative proposals. It is a framework for an ambitious commitment to address climate change through eliminating fossil fuels and...
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"A strong majority of Americans, irrespective of political alignment, consider democratic ideals and values important and believe we fall far short in living up to them." (Photo: Stephanie McCabe/Unsplash) Views
Sunday, February 03, 2019
Confronting the Great American Myth
We grow up in the United States proud of our nation’s historic role in leading humanity’s transition from monarchy to democracy. We rarely ask, however, whether the system we have truly fits the definition of democracy. Merriam-Webster defines democracy as “government by the people.” What we have...
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Tuesday, January 01, 2019
From Me to We. My New Year’s Resolution
It’s not likely that many of us will mourn the passing of 2018. It’s been a deeply troubled year defined by wildfires, floods, earthquakes, water shortages, financial chaos, political gridlock, flows of displaced persons, growth in the gap between rich and poor, the rise of dictatorial leaders, and...
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"Global unity' sculpture shows hands supporting the Earth Views
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction
When I ask an audience, “Who believes we are on a path to self-extinction ?” nearly every hand goes up. It’s a sign of a growing awareness that humanity is on a path to self-imposed environmental and social collapse. For me, that awareness is a source of hope. I recently discovered an even deeper...
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U.S. Capitol Views
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?
We the people of the United States find ourselves in a political crisis and resurgent tribalism that pits left against right, hard-left against moderate-left, and extreme-right against everyone else. The result is a political impasse that leaves us unable to address our own needs domestically and...
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Three Questions to Lead Us Away from Self-Extinction
Some ideas hit us in a way that is hard to shake. Last year that happened to me. I was in a public conversation with my friend and colleague, theologian Matthew Fox, when he made this observation: “Humans might be the first species to knowingly choose self-extinction.” Most people recognize that...
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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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