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We the People Are All In This Together

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, October 7, 2022)

The purpose of human institutions is to secure the well-being of people and Earth. Despite our differences, all of Earth’s people share a common destiny that depends on our learning to live together with mutual commitment to a foundational truth recognized by our early ancestors: […]

2022-10-31T15:04:12-07:00October 31st, 2022|Categories: Ecological Civilization, System Transformation|

Taking Action on Climate Change Requires Coming Together

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, August 11, 2022)

In his message launching the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on April 4, 2022, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres offered the following chilling observation:

“Climate scientists warn that we are already perilously close to tipping points that could […]

2022-08-12T16:30:22-07:00August 12th, 2022|Categories: Climate Change, Cultural Shift, Ecological Civilization, YES! Column|

2022’s Imperative: Letting Go of Our Past to Birth Our Future

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, January 18, 2022)

Our current society cannot be considered civilized by any objective standard. We grow the fortunes of billionaires, even as we increase the numbers of homeless refugees and destroy Earth’s capacity to sustain life. This places us all at risk, rich and poor alike. The problem […]

2022-01-19T11:16:10-08:00January 19th, 2022|Categories: Ecological Civilization, YES! Column|

Ecological Civilization – The Vision

Humans are a choice making species with a common future faced with an epic choice. We can continue to seek marginal adjustments in the culture and institutions of the Imperial Civilization of violence, domination, and exploitation that put us on a path to self-extinction. Or we can transition to an Ecological Civilization dedicated to restoring […]

2021-10-12T17:28:11-07:00October 12th, 2021|Categories: Ecological Civilization|

How 9/11 Set Progressive Causes Back – and How We Rebounded

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, October 5, 2021)

As the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center approached, I wasn’t paying much attention. But then I received an email from my longtime colleague John Cavanagh, former director of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. It was a private […]

2021-10-12T16:48:48-07:00October 12th, 2021|Categories: Capitalism, Ecological Civilization, Globalization, System Transformation, YES! Column|

When Less Is More

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, August 12, 2021)

Science tells us that we now have fewer than 10 years to reduce the human burden on Earth or trigger tipping points in Earth’s natural systems from which there is no return. Most discussion centers on the climate emergency, but we also have crises related to air, […]

2021-08-26T15:34:20-07:00August 26th, 2021|Categories: GDP, System Transformation, YES! Column|

Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence

by David Korten
May 25, 2021 (updated with minor revisions on November 3, 2021)
(This is the best version to read on mobile devices. Also available as a PDF for reading, downloading, printing, sharing, and republishing.)

BACKGROUND

This is a personal white paper directed to those who seek a future that works for all of Earth’s […]

2021-11-15T18:27:59-08:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Civil Society, Ecological Civilization, System Transformation|
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