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, February 13, 2009
Don't Fix Wall Street, Replace It
The current economic debate centers on how best to revive our existing economic system through some combination of a Wall Street bailout and a job-creating economic stimulus package . That amounts to trying to revive an economic system that has failed in every dimension: financial, social, and environmental. Rather than prop up a failed system, we should use the current financial crisis as the opportunity to create a system that works.
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Monday, January 19, 2009
The Speech President Obama Should Deliver… But Won't
David Korten's new book Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth outlines an agenda to bring into being a new economy-locally based, community oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all, not simply increasing profits. In this special pre-publication excerpt, Korten summarizes his version of the economic address to the nation he wishes Barack Obama were able to deliver.
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy
The financial crisis has put to rest the myths that our economic institutions are sound and markets work best when deregulated. Our economic institutions have failed, not only financially, but also socially and environmentally. This, combined with the election of a new president with a mandate for change, creates an opportune moment to rethink and redesign.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Main Street Before Wall Street
Events of the past few weeks have exposed the danger of a financial system devoted to reckless speculation that produces nothing of real value and, as we are now being told, presents a risk to the whole global economy. The Bush administration proposes handing $700 billion to Treasury Secretary Paulson to disburse-without oversight or review-to those who created the current mess.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
The story of purple America is part of a yet larger human story. For all the cultural differences reflected in our richly varied customs, languages, religions, and political ideologies, psychologically healthy humans share a number of core values and aspirations. Although we may differ in our idea of the "how," we want healthy, happy children, loving families, and a caring community with a beautiful, healthy natural environment.
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Saturday, June 28, 2008
Smart Security and the End of War
David Korten's thoughts on a just foreign policy (the theme of the summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine). "We humans have arrived at a defining moment. We must bring ourselves into balance with one another and Earth or suffer the consequences of social and environmental collapse. It creates a unique opportunity for bold action to end war as an instrument of foreign policy, convert to a peace economy, and create a world that works for all."
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Navigating The Great Turning From Empire To Earth Community
The following is a transcript of David Korten's presentation at the Seattle Green Festival, April 13, 2008: Thank you Alisa Gravitz, for that generous introduction. And thanks to Coop America and Global Exchange for your spectacular contribution to bringing forth a Green Economy and advancing the Great Turning. It is such a joy to be part of the Green Fest with its powerful message about the world of justice, peace, and sustainability that we are creating together.
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Saturday, December 08, 2007
Only One Reason to Grant a Corporate Charter
This is an expanded version of a presentation given to the Summit on the Future of the Corporation, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA, November 13, 2007: It is fitting that we hold this conversation on the future of the corporation in historic Faneuil Hall, the Cradle of Liberty. Deliberations in this very room more than 200 years ago were the first step on a long walk away from a king named George that launched a new nation and led ultimately to the end of monarchy. May the success of our forbears inspire us in our deliberations on the future of the private-benefit corporation.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Living Wealth: Better Than Money
If we are to slow and ultimately reverse the social and environmental disintegration we see around us, we must change the rules to curb the pervasive abuse of corporate power that contributes so much to those harms.Taming corporate power will slow the damage. It will not be sufficient, however, to heal our relationships with one another and the Earth and bring our troubled world into social and environmental balance. Corporations are but instruments of a deeper social pathology revealed in a familiar story our society tells about the nature of prosperity.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
By what name will future generations know our time?
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