Living Economies

Issue 23  Fall 2002
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Do we want a living, diverse, democratically accountable market economy, founded in communities and cities throughout the world? Featuring 12 things to do now about corporations, how to unleash our hidden wealth, and economies for life by David Korten. Fall 2002.
Journey To a New America

Who are We the people at a time when democracy is under assault? How can all Americans, of all races, help build a country that “has never been and yet must be?”

Unleashing Our Hidden Wealth

Our most valuable qualities--our capacity to give and the sense of self we get in doing so--are irrelevant to the suicide economy

Saving Together

Interest is among the most pernicious causes of concentration of wealth and devaluation of the future. What if we got rid of it?

Breaking Down Buildings, Building Up a Neighborhood

The suicide economy is all too ready to cast off used material, disadvantaged people, and troubled neighborhoods. These living economy entrepreneurs are turning throwaways into gold

Let the Sun Shine In

Corporations were first created to serve the common good. A little transparency might help make that ideal a reality--because sunshine is a powerful disinfectant.

From the Earth, Up

Appalachia's dependence on coal, forestry, and tobacco has kept the region in poverty. Now, farmers and community activists are building a new economy-one that can sustain people, their unique culture, and the region's ecosystems for generations to come

Starting Over

Argentines are re-inventing their economy from the ruins of corporate capitalism

It Shall Be a Jubilee Unto You

Every complex society has a dilemma to solve—wealth and power tend to concentrate until the divide between haves and have-nots threaten the social fabric. Some Native American cultures have massive give-aways (potlatches) in which the giver is honored and all benefit from the largesse. The prophets of the Old Testament also cried out for redistribution