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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.

A Real-Market Alternative

A Real-Market Alternative

Posted by 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

Good Debt, Bad Debt

Posted by 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?

Money From Nothing?

Posted by 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

System Failure? Look Upstream

Posted by 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

Microcredit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by 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

The Illusion of Money

Posted by 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

My Defection Story

Posted by 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

The Missing Vision

Posted by 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

Missing: A Vision of Economic Possibility

Posted by 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

Bankers, Bookies, and Gamblers

Posted by 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

10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy

Posted by 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

A Tale of Two Economies

Posted by 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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Lighting the Way to a New Economy

Lighting the Way to a New Economy

Posted by 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

Debt vs. Localization: Climate Justice in the New Economy

Posted by 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

Posted by 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 on His Work and Mission

Posted by 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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Fix the Economy, Not Wall Street

Fix the Economy, Not Wall Street

Posted by David Korten at Apr 28, 2010 04:40 PM |

Would-be Wall Street regulators aren't asking the right question: How do we create a financial services sector that directs money where it is actually needed?

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Education for the New Economy

Education for the New Economy

Posted by David Korten at Feb 05, 2010 02:00 PM |

Instead of preparing students for outdated jobs, how can we teach them to build a better world?

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When Our Leaders Fail to Lead

When Our Leaders Fail to Lead

Posted by David Korten at Dec 02, 2009 05:40 PM |

We have to make them. What David Korten learned from his experiences during the Vietnam War.

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The Economics of Peace

Posted by David Korten at Nov 02, 2009 09:00 AM |

On October 19, I spoke to the Praxis Peace Institute's Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, California. You can read my remarks here.

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