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Agenda for a New Economy

How can we build an economy that works for all of us? David Korten lays out his vision in his latest book, Agenda for a New Economy. This special blog series is comprised of condensed and updated excerpts.

The World of Our Dreams The World of Our Dreams
by David Korten
I find hope in the fact that for all our wondrous differences, at the core we humans all want most of the same things. Fortunately, what we want aligns with where we need to go.
Learning from the Biosphere Learning from the Biosphere
by David Korten
Life provides us with time-tested system design principles. We violate them at our peril.
Design for Life Design for Life
by David Korten
Applying nature's design principles, we can design economies that self-correct toward Earth balance, shared prosperity, and living democracy.
Making a Living Making a Living
by David Korten
We can all live well with what Earth provides—if we seek to make a living rather than a killing.
7 Ways to Stop Wall Street’s Con Game 7 Ways to Stop Wall Street’s Con Game
by David Korten
Whether it’s done by Wall Street or the mafia, theft is theft
But What About My 401(k)? But What About My 401(k)?
by David Korten
Credit cards, mortgages, insurance, retirement: We can meet our basic financial needs (and find real security) without Wall Street.
The Great Stock Scam The Great Stock Scam
by David Korten
Stock sales are supposed to finance new or expanded productive activity. The numbers tell a different story.
Mapping Uncharted Economic Waters Mapping Uncharted Economic Waters
by David Korten
We're trying to fix a failed economic system with the same thinking that caused the failure. We can make different choices and we must prepare ourselves to do so.
How the Left and Right Can Unite How the Left and Right Can Unite
by David Korten
If we'd stop tearing each other apart, we might see an opportunity to win back our democracy from the rich and powerful.
The Next American Revolution? The Next American Revolution?
by David Korten
The current grassroots movement against corporate power can draw inspiration and lessons from the time our American forebears liberated themselves from a British king.
When the People Lead, the Leaders Follow When the People Lead, the Leaders Follow
by David Korten
Deep change is possible, but only when a politically aware citizenry demands it.
A Crumbling Cultural Story A Crumbling Cultural Story
by David Korten
Wall Street grows weaker as the myths underlying its power unravel.
The Story of a New Economy The Story of a New Economy
by David Korten
As the story fabricated to serve Empire unravels, an authentic story born of the experience and aspirations of ordinary people is emerging to displace it.
Every Great Social Movement Every Great Social Movement
by David Korten
When ordinary people reject the cultural stories that limit their possibilities and bind them to servitude, the course of history turns.
Making Change Happen: A Three-Fold Strategy Making Change Happen: A Three-Fold Strategy
by David Korten
To turn the human course, change the framing story, create a new reality, and change the rules.
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