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David Korten

Earth Is Warning Us We Must Change. Will We Listen?

The Earth is strong, but also vulnerable. As Earth cares for us, we either care for it or bear the consequences of our recklessness.
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We Need an Ecological Civilization Before It’s Too Late

In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term wealth production

Jeremy Lent ·


Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?

 Our future depends on bridging the partisan divide that elevates corporate interests above our personal well-being.

David Korten ·


Three Questions to Lead Us Away from Self-Extinction

Transformation begins with clarity on the nature of the choice that confronts our species.

David Korten ·


Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People Not Corporations

Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.

David Korten ·


Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street

Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.

David Korten ·


What Does China's 'Ecological Civilization' Mean for Humanity's Future?

China's leader affirms an ecological vision aligned with progressive environmental thought. Whether it's mere rhetoric or has a deeper resonance within Chinese culture may have a profound global effect

Jeremy Lent ·


When Economic Growth Indicates Failure

For the well-being of most everyone—including the rich—equality is more important than growth.

David Korten ·


What Bitcoin and Amazon Are Doing to the Middle Class

Roughly 20 percent of U.S. workers are in a high-paying finance, technology, and electronics sectors. The other 80 percent face a daily struggle to survive.

David Korten ·


How to Restore Our Relationship to Earth

We must reduce our burden on Earth’s regenerative systems by approximately 40 percent.

David Korten ·


Let’s Talk About What We Really Want From Tax Reform

The Trump/Republican tax cut proposal is an opportunity to discuss how to redistribute wealth and power.

David Korten ·