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.

Articles by this author

Grafitti of heart with message "We are all in this together." Views
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Why Coronavirus Is Humanity’s Wake-Up Call
The rapid spread of novel coronavirus has prompted government, business, and civil society to take dramatic action—canceling events large and small, restricting travel, and shutting down major segments of the economy on which nearly all of us depend. It is a demonstration of our ability, when the...
Read more
A better solution is to break up transnational corporations and restructure them in ways that assure community accountability. (Photo: Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain) Views
Friday, March 06, 2020
Corporations are Human Creations. We Can't Let Them Threaten Our Survival
We live in a world in extreme crisis. By the estimates of the Global Footprint Network , the human species currently consumes at a rate 1.7 times what Earth’s regenerative systems can sustain. Yet billions of people face a daily struggle for survival that strips them of happiness and fulfillment of...
Read more
"We are now awakening to the responsibilities that come with our distinctive ability to consciously create our future." (Photo by Aliraza Khatri/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 24, 2020
The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over
In 1962, Rachael Carson warned us, with the publication of Silent Spring, that the indiscriminate use of pesticides was disrupting critical ecosystems and causing severe damage to human health. Her message led to a ban on the use of DDT in the United States and eventual restrictions on its use in...
Read more
Democratic presidential candidates participate in the third Democratic Presidential Debate in Houston, Texas on September 12. Each candidate has put forth a plan for addressing the climate crisis, but success will require the interplay of skilled and principled politicians and an active citizenry working together.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
'No Winners on a Dead Earth': Why We Need a Climate Leader in 2020
We know that election year 2020 is important, but we have scarcely begun to grasp the epic depth of what we must set in motion by the end of next year if there is to be realistic hope for a human future. Led by a brave and bold young woman, Greta Thunberg , massive youth protests are drawing global...
Read more
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...
Read more
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...
Read more
"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...
Read more
Views
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...
Read more
"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...
Read more
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...
Read more

Pages