New Economy

A Real-Market Alternative
by David Korten
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.
Film Trailer: The Economics of Happiness
How going local can restore our ecosystems, our societies, and our spirits.
Good Debt, Bad Debt
by David Korten
Is using debt to create money a bad idea? It depends on where the money goes.
Money From Nothing?
by David Korten
Through their accounting slight of hand, Wall Street illusionists convince even themselves that they are enriching society rather than preying on it.
Beyond GDP: UK to Measure Well-Being
by Laura Stoll
The UK is trying out a new way to see if government policies are improving people’s lives: ask.
System Failure? Look Upstream
by David Korten
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?
The Illusion of Money
by David Korten
Liberation from subservience to Wall Street begins with a recognition that money is just a number of no intrinsic value.
Why the Kings of Bhutan Ride Bicycles
by Madhu Suri Prakash
Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley on Gross National Happiness, his country's traditions, and the importance of democracy.
How To Transform Your Household
by Shannon Hayes
Radical homemaking tips for everyone.
The Happy Planet Index
Video: Forget the GDP. There's a new way to measure the good things in life.
What is Real Wealth?
by John Robbins
In an essay adapted from his new book, The New Good Life, John Robbins points out that we've been measuring happiness in all the wrong ways. How can we find true quality of life?
Bankers, Bookies, and Gamblers
by David Korten
What is the proper role and social function of a bank? The answer starts with getting the question right.
The Work-Sharing Boom: Exit Ramp to a New Economy?
by Juliet Schor
To cope with the recession, some companies are cutting hours instead of employees. Will the trend have long-term effects?
10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy
by David Korten
It’s time we the people declare our independence from the money-favoring Wall Street economy.
A Different Kind of Ownership Society
by Marjorie Kelly, Shanna Ratner
Innovative strategies for cooperative local ownership make it possible for prosperity to be shared as well as sustainable.