We humans organize around shared narratives, theories of reality, that guide us in making critical collective choices. When societies get their shared narrative wrong, they can make disastrously self-destructive choices. As a global society, we face a momentous choice we must get right. And our current narrative is fatally flawed.
For the well-being of most everyone – including the rich – equality is more important than growth.
(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine, January 19, 2018)
Nothing can be duller than listening to an economist or other policy expert pontificate endlessly on such metrics as gross domestic product, stock market prices, employment, […]
By David Korten
Originally published by Tikkun Magazine as the cover story for the Fall 2017 issue.
During the past century, we humans have become a truly global species with both the ability and the imperative to choose our common future by conscious collective choice. Growth in our numbers and the destructive power of […]
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.
(Originally published by YES! Magazine, December 19, 2017)
As 2017 draws to an end, it is perhaps fitting that Congress chose to close out the year with the passage of […]
We must reduce our burden on Earth’s regenerative systems by approximately 40 percent.
To have a viable human future on this overstressed planet, it is essential that we build a solidarity economy that seeks material sufficiency and […]
David is honored to have been invited to write the Foreword for Order of the Scared Universe by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jennifer Listug, and we're excited to share this excerpt. The book will be released to the public in July 2018.
There is one cause that can and must unite us all.
(Originally published by YES! Magazine, October 11, 2017)
The Trump/Republican tax cut proposal is an opportunity to discuss how to redistribute wealth and power.
As Donald Trump and the Republicans turn national attention to their tax reform agenda, we confront a debate defined by familiar questions. Will the proposed tax code […]
On June 14, 2006, David delivered this presentation to a gathering hosted by the Unitarian Church of All Souls in NYC. Co-sponsored by the Peace Task Force of All Souls; The Open Center; Business Leaders for Responsible Priorities; The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office; The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn; and the Action for Justice […]
On June 14, 2006, David delivered this presentation to a gathering hosted by the Unitarian Church of All Souls in NYC, following the launch of his book, The Great Turning. He makes the case that we humans are a choice making species that, at this defining moment, faces both the opportunity and the imperative to choose our future as a conscious collective act. We can no longer deny the need nor delay our response.