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.

“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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With More Americans Going Far Left (And Right), an Anti-Corporate Agenda Takes Shape

David Korten at May 18, 2016 12:00 AM |

Voters hit hardest by free-trade economics are rebelling against the status quo. We can use that energy to build a powerful, grassroots movement for democracy.

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Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up

David Korten at May 04, 2016 12:00 AM |

“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.

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This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back

David Korten at Apr 20, 2016 07:00 AM |

Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home.

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We Can Have a Living Earth Economy—But It Won’t Be Easy

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

Humanity has been acting like a willful child, demanding everything and leaving messes everywhere. It is time for our species to take the step to maturity, to acknowledge that care and cooperation are key to happiness—and even survival.

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Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option

David Korten at Apr 06, 2016 12:00 AM |

Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.

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The Thing Sanders, Trump, and Clinton Agree On. It’s That Bad

David Korten at Mar 23, 2016 12:00 AM |

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is slated for an up-or-down vote in Congress. Proponents say it’s about free trade. But it looks more like corporate colonization.

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Obama’s Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity

David Korten at Jun 25, 2015 09:00 AM |

Call it populism versus corporatism or democracy versus corporate rule. Either way, it is a far more meaningful political division than two political parties debating big government versus small.

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A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More

David Korten at Apr 15, 2015 11:00 AM |

The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.

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Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea

David Korten at Mar 09, 2015 12:00 AM |

We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.

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A New Story for a New Economy

David Korten at Mar 19, 2014 03:55 PM |

David Korten's new essay (available to read as a PDF) connects the work of finding a new sacred story with the effort to build a new economy.

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Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness

David Korten at Dec 06, 2013 04:40 PM |

Those in Mandela's circle were united in their compassion for the architects of the Apartheid system.

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We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back

David Korten at Dec 03, 2013 01:05 PM |

"Listen to and work with your base to create a shared, big-picture narrative."

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It’s a “Story Problem”: What’s Behind Our Messed-Up Economy

David Korten at Jul 18, 2013 10:50 AM |

The peoples of earlier times prospered from the guidance of simple stories that offered answers to their deepest questions. We need those now more than ever.

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Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time

David Korten at Jan 17, 2013 10:55 AM |

Is it possible that the human future depends upon a new sacred story—a story that gives us a reason to care? Could it be a story already embraced by a majority, although it has neither institutional support nor a place in the public conversation?

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The Personal Story Behind the Essay, “Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time”

David Korten at Jan 17, 2013 10:55 AM |

Twenty years ago, David Korten began wrestling with the question, had we become too individualistic and shortsighted to save our species? Here's what he discovered about the power of foundational stories to keep us trapped in a suicidal economy—or awaken us to our spiritual nature.

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What Would a Down-to-Earth Economy Look Like?

David Korten at Jan 17, 2013 10:15 AM |

How did we end up with Wall Street when models for a healthy economy are all around us?

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