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.

7 Steps for Action Toward a New Economy

David Korten at Mar 02, 2011 03:50 PM |

Rather than turning again to increased global competition to mend our failing economy, we must instead steer our focus toward cooperation and equality.

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War Against the Middle Class

David Korten at Mar 01, 2011 12:00 PM |

How Wall Street undermined an American ideal and won the class war.

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Clueless Economists, Smart Ecologists

David Korten at Feb 22, 2011 06:20 PM |

To successfully address climate change and extreme poverty, the mindset of the economist must give way to the mindset of the ecologist.

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A Real-Market Alternative

David Korten at Feb 15, 2011 05:20 PM |

Our current economic choice is not between capitalism and communism. It is between locally accountable Main Street markets and Wall Street central planning by predatory global financiers.

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Good Debt, Bad Debt

David Korten at Feb 08, 2011 12:20 PM |

Is using debt to create money a bad idea? It depends on where the money goes.

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Money From Nothing?

David Korten at Feb 01, 2011 12:45 PM |

Through their accounting slight of hand, Wall Street illusionists convince even themselves that they are enriching society rather than preying on it.

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System Failure? Look Upstream

David Korten at Jan 25, 2011 12:25 PM |

Why is our economic system consigning billions of people to degrading poverty, destroying Earth's ecosystem, and tearing up the social fabric of civilized community?

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Microcredit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

David Korten at Jan 19, 2011 05:10 PM |

Unraveling the confusion behind microcredit: how some models help alleviate poverty, while others exploit the poor to make the rich richer.

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The Illusion of Money

David Korten at Jan 18, 2011 12:20 PM |

Liberation from subservience to Wall Street begins with a recognition that money is just a number of no intrinsic value.

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My Defection Story

David Korten at Jan 11, 2011 01:05 AM |

How I came to challenge the economic theories and institutions I once served.

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The Missing Vision

David Korten at Jan 04, 2011 01:00 AM |

Deep change begins with a vision of possibility.

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Missing: A Vision of Economic Possibility

David Korten at Nov 03, 2010 11:15 AM |

This election showed us that neither of our two major parties has a credible vision for our economic future. And that’s why this is a moment of opportunity.

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Bankers, Bookies, and Gamblers

David Korten at Aug 30, 2010 01:15 PM |

What is the proper role and social function of a bank? The answer starts with getting the question right.

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10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy

David Korten at Aug 06, 2010 02:25 PM |

It’s time we the people declare our independence from the money-favoring Wall Street economy.

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A Tale of Two Economies

David Korten at Aug 04, 2010 02:30 PM |

David Korten wants your help planning the narration for a new video about our economic choices: Wall Street's phantom wealth vs. the real wealth of a Main Street economy.

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The Big Picture: 5 Ways to Know if You’re Making a Difference

David Korten at Jun 21, 2010 04:45 PM |

In this special pre-publication excerpt of the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy, David Korten explains how we can help live the new economy that we need into being.

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Lighting the Way to a New Economy

David Korten at May 31, 2010 11:05 AM |

All across the United States and Canada people are rebuilding their local economies to restore community and regain control of their economic lives. How do these local efforts add up to global economic transformation? I delivered this keynote address to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in Charleston, NC on May 22, 2010 on the theme "Lighting the Way to a New Economy."

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Debt vs. Localization: Climate Justice in the New Economy

David Korten at May 12, 2010 02:00 PM |

David Korten: Where does the concept of “climate debt” fit into a New Economy framework?

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Jobs, Not Handouts

David Korten at May 09, 2010 03:55 PM |

David Korten: Wall Street's plunge shows what's wrong with phantom wealth. Why support that system when we could be creating jobs in the real economy?

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David Korten on His Work and Mission

David Korten at May 01, 2010 12:00 AM |

YES! Magazine board chair David Korten speaks about his life’s work, and what drew him to become involved with YES! Magazine.

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