David Korten's Blog

David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine and author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World.

For Automation to Benefit Society, It Must Serve Humans, Not Replace Them

David Korten at Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM |

We face the prospect of an economy with little need for humans. Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love, and human purpose.

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Trump’s Coup Attempt Requires Us to Rise Above Position and Party

David Korten at Feb 08, 2017 12:00 AM |

In the chaos of Trump’s first three weeks in office, we can see a frighteningly coherent agenda—and a national and global emergency.

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Take Notice, Trump: We Are Not Protestors—We Are Protectors

David Korten at Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM |

When we call ourselves protectors, we cast our role as fulfilling our responsibility to the community that sustains us—not for our personal benefit, but for the benefit of all.

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Something Better to Offer Trump Voters Tired of Waiting for Their Turn

David Korten at Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM |

A world free of extremes of wealth and poverty in which no one needs to stand in line for a chance at a secure and fulfilling life.

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How Trump’s Extremism May Help Us Expose One of History’s Greatest Political Deceptions

David Korten at Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM |

The Great Growth Con promises that economic growth—measured by gross domestic product—will benefit everyone, rich and poor alike. 

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Trump Played to Anger, but We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer

David Korten at Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM |

We've been pitted against each other for too long. Now is the time to come together to fix our corrupt political systems.

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In Stripping Away Our Hope, Maybe Trump Has Done Us a Favor

David Korten at Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM |

The outcome of this election is a wake-up call to action. Now that we know our elected leaders will not save us, let’s get to work.

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How Trump Could Hand China the Lead in Challenging Corporate Greed

David Korten at Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM |

China and the U.S. are poised as the dominant players. Will they compete or cooperate?

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Forget More Regulation: Make Corporations Serve the Public Interest

David Korten at Nov 02, 2016 12:00 AM |

The purely private-purpose corporation is an illegitimate entity. This is the elephant in the room that no politician dare mention.

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We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

David Korten at Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM |

The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.

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The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing

David Korten at Oct 05, 2016 12:00 AM |

What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe. Part 1.

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Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine

David Korten at Sep 21, 2016 12:00 AM |

A military response to violence creates more violence. For real security, we need to stop climate change and work toward shared prosperity.

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Can Zoos Teach Us To Be Better Humans?

David Korten at Sep 07, 2016 12:00 AM |

If we can recognize our destruction of other animals’ habitats, perhaps we can recognize our destruction of all the living systems on which we depend.

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Maybe the Gig Economy Doesn’t Have to Mean Oppressed Workers

David Korten at Aug 24, 2016 12:00 AM |

Has gig work helped you build community or left you isolated and vulnerable?

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How to Break the Power of Money

David Korten at Aug 10, 2016 12:00 AM |

We can refuse to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all.

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This Presidential Race Is a Clear Choice: Fight, Flight, or Fellowship

David Korten at Jul 27, 2016 12:00 AM |

Will we respond to Trump’s appeal to the reptilian brain or choose Clinton’s call to our higher nature?

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“Free” Trade? Fraud Alert

David Korten at Jul 13, 2016 02:00 AM |

The deceptive branding behind corporatists’ preference for the term “free trade” over simply “trade.”

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One Hopeful Thing About the Brexit Electoral Rebellion

David Korten at Jun 29, 2016 12:00 AM |

Maybe now we can renegotiate the corporate boundaries and interests that overtook those of communities.

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I’m Sticking With Sanders—And Voting for Clinton

David Korten at Jun 15, 2016 12:00 AM |

Bernie Sanders has the best policies. But Hillary Clinton has the chops to advance a progressive agenda—if we make her.

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What If Trade Agreements Helped People, Not Corporations?

David Korten at Jun 01, 2016 12:00 AM |

Current trade agreements have been of, by, and for transnational corporations. Growing opposition gives us the opportunity to change that in our next-generation agreements.

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