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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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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Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
Congratulations, you won—you are the last and richest person on Earth. In the security of your sunless underground bunker, you will be the last to die in a dying Earth’s paroxysm of fire and flood. In a recent column for YES! Magazine , Chuck Collins, “born on third base” social activist and...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
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 04, 2016
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
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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