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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.

The Next American Revolution?

The Next American Revolution?

Posted by David Korten at Jun 28, 2011 04:25 PM |

The current grassroots movement against corporate power can draw inspiration and lessons from the time our American forebears liberated themselves from a British king.

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How the Left and Right Can Unite

How the Left and Right Can Unite

Posted by David Korten at Jun 21, 2011 05:15 PM |

If we'd stop tearing each other apart, we might see an opportunity to win back our democracy from the rich and powerful.

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Mapping Uncharted Economic Waters

Mapping Uncharted Economic Waters

Posted by David Korten at Jun 14, 2011 11:35 AM |

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.

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The Great Stock Scam

The Great Stock Scam

Posted by David Korten at Jun 06, 2011 05:55 PM |

Stock sales are supposed to finance new or expanded productive activity. The numbers tell a different story.

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But What About My 401(k)?

But What About My 401(k)?

Posted by David Korten at May 31, 2011 04:35 PM |

Credit cards, mortgages, insurance, retirement: We can meet our basic financial needs (and find real security) without Wall Street.

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7 Ways to Stop Wall Street’s Con Game

7 Ways to Stop Wall Street’s Con Game

Posted by David Korten at May 23, 2011 05:10 PM |

Whether it’s done by Wall Street or the mafia, theft is theft

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Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future

Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future

Posted by David Korten at May 18, 2011 06:10 PM |

David Korten: Two ideas that bring me renewed hope that we can end our isolation from nature and from each other.

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Making a Living

Making a Living

Posted by David Korten at May 09, 2011 03:30 PM |

We can all live well with what Earth provides—if we seek to make a living rather than a killing.

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Design for Life

Design for Life

Posted by David Korten at May 02, 2011 04:45 PM |

Applying nature's design principles, we can design economies that self-correct toward Earth balance, shared prosperity, and living democracy.

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Learning from the Biosphere

Learning from the Biosphere

Posted by David Korten at Apr 25, 2011 03:15 PM |

Life provides us with time-tested system design principles. We violate them at our peril.

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The World of Our Dreams

The World of Our Dreams

Posted by David Korten at Apr 18, 2011 01:45 PM |

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.

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Our Human Nature

Our Human Nature

Posted by David Korten at Apr 12, 2011 01:35 PM |

Greed is a sign of moral and psychological immaturity. Psychologically and morally mature adults are caring, cooperative, and honest.

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Greed is Not a Virtue

Greed is Not a Virtue

Posted by David Korten at Apr 05, 2011 03:00 PM |

Wall Street's celebration and promotion of moral perversion as a virtue must be exposed and condemned.

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The End of Empire

The End of Empire

Posted by David Korten at Mar 28, 2011 12:35 PM |

Wall Street’s days are numbered. Ours need not be.

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A System Designed to Crash

A System Designed to Crash

Posted by David Korten at Mar 21, 2011 03:45 PM |

To create a stable functioning financial system, we must first understand why the current financial system holds policy makers hostage to Wall Street interests. It is more than just political corruption.

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Phantom Wealth and False Expectations

Phantom Wealth and False Expectations

Posted by David Korten at Mar 15, 2011 06:25 PM |

Playing money games to profit from false expectations is not the same as investing in jobs that produce real value to meet real needs

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On the Origin of Corporations

On the Origin of Corporations

Posted by David Korten at Mar 07, 2011 04:35 PM |

How today's Wall Street profiteers follow in the footsteps of the buccaneers and privateers of yesteryear.

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7 Steps for Action Toward a New Economy

7 Steps for Action Toward a New Economy

Posted by 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

War Against the Middle Class

Posted by 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

Clueless Economists, Smart Ecologists

Posted by 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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