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|

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|

What Will It Take to “Build Back Better?”

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, January 21, 2021)

Much has transpired to disrupt the political status quo since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris chose their campaign slogan “Build Back Better.” But the chaos and violence of former President Trump’s final days in office may help to open a deep […]

2021-01-21T16:13:24-08:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Ecological Civilization, Politics, YES! Column|

From Emergency to Emergence

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, April 23, 2020)

The COVID-19 emergency has exposed our societies’ failure to address the needs of billions of people. Simultaneously, we are witnessing a fundamental truth about human nature: There are those among us eager to exploit the suffering of others for personal gain. We can […]

My Priority for the Defining Year of Humanity’s Defining Decade

My most recent YES! column identified 2020 as the defining year of a defining decade for humanity. The scientific data suggest it is our last opportunity to get in place the necessary measures to meet essential carbon emission reduction targets. This immediate and nonnegotiable imperative for human wellbeing, even survival, is a consequence of profound […]

2021-01-08T14:01:26-08:00February 13th, 2020|Categories: Articles/Reports/Papers, China, Club of Rome, Ecological Civilization, Humanity, South Africa|

South Africa – November, 2019

In November 2019, David, with his life partner, Fran, visited Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. This trip involved active participation in the Club of Rome Annual Meeting of Members and a Public Summit, and various engagements with faculty, students, and local leaders hosted by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and […]

2021-01-08T14:01:26-08:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Academia, Club of Rome, Ecological Civilization, New Economics, South Africa|