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.

How the Economy Affects Our Mental Health

David Korten at Sep 18, 2018 12:00 AM |

We evolved to be connected to nature and to one another, but our exploitative global economy is severing those relations.

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Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?

David Korten at Jul 23, 2018 12:00 AM |

Our future depends on bridging the partisan divide that elevates corporate interests above our personal well-being.

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Three Questions to Lead Us Away From Self-Extinction

David Korten at Jul 03, 2018 12:00 AM |

Transformation begins with clarity on the nature of the choice that confronts our species.

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Dear Jeff Bezos, Let’s Talk About Your Money and How It Can Actually Benefit the Planet

David Korten at May 11, 2018 12:00 AM |

An invitation to the wealthiest man in the world to consider putting Earth ahead of space.

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Here We Go Again: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Won’t Fix Anything

David Korten at Apr 13, 2018 12:00 AM |

Current trade agreements are great at creating more billionaires, not so much at protecting the interests of workers.

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Taking MLK’s Message Global

David Korten at Apr 06, 2018 12:00 AM |

The civil rights icon saw economic issues to be intertwined with racial justice. Today’s globalized economy makes justice that much harder to achieve.

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Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People, Not Corporations

David Korten at Mar 19, 2018 12:00 AM |

Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.

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Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street

David Korten at Feb 20, 2018 12:00 AM |

Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.

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When Economic Growth Indicates Failure

David Korten at Jan 19, 2018 12:00 AM |

For the well-being of most everyone—including the rich—equality is more important than growth.

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What Bitcoin and Amazon Are Doing to the Middle Class

David Korten at Dec 29, 2017 12:00 AM |

Roughly 20 percent of U.S. workers are in a high-paying finance, technology, and electronics sectors. The other 80 percent face a daily struggle to survive.

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How to Restore Our Relationship to Earth

David Korten at Dec 21, 2017 12:00 AM |

We must reduce our burden on Earth’s regenerative systems by approximately 40 percent.

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Despite Setbacks, the Democracy Movement Is Gaining Power

David Korten at Oct 11, 2017 12:00 AM |

A new book outlines how the superrich have worked to undermine our country, and what we can do to fight back.

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Trump’s Proposed Tax Cuts Would Further Widen the Gap Between Rich and Poor

David Korten at Oct 04, 2017 12:00 AM |

The Trump/Republican tax cut proposal is an opportunity to discuss how to redistribute wealth and power.

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For the Love of Earth

David Korten at Aug 23, 2017 12:00 AM |

Perhaps the most compelling reason to change our ways is that Earth needs our help. In our responsibility to respond, might we unite in common cause?

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A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?

David Korten at Jul 07, 2017 12:00 AM |

Our system of law has the rights issue exactly backward. But humanity is slowly reawakening to the simple logic that Mother Earth’s rights must come before human rights.

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We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide

David Korten at Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM |

Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.

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Mayor’s Unflinching Honesty About Confederate Monuments Gives Me Hope

David Korten at May 26, 2017 12:00 AM |

In explaining why his city got rid of monuments to Confederate generals, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu eloquently summarizes our country’s history of diversity.

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Yes, We Can Choose Good Globalization

David Korten at May 17, 2017 12:00 AM |

The integration of knowledge, science, hospitality, and travel can have huge benefits for human connections and peace.

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Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut

David Korten at May 03, 2017 12:00 AM |

This is the real-world economy for a living Earth that we must learn to structure and manage to provide a safe space for humanity.

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Let’s Help Trump Keep His Promises

David Korten at Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM |

Has Trump served us all in breaking things open? Only if we use the moment for serious rethinking of policy.

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