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 […]
(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 […]
Drawing on the work and insights of many colleagues and from ongoing conversations, this paper was written in an effort to connect the dots and engage a serious conversation about the causes of the existential crisis we face, while bringing a message of hope and possibility.
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Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, executive editor of YES! Magazine, engaged David in a conversation for the Spring 2021 issue of YES! The theme for this special 25th anniversary issue is “What an ecological civilization looks like.” With permission, their conversation is published here.
(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 […]
(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 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 […]
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 […]
(Based on a working paper prepared for the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on “Improving Lives” August 10-14, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA and subsequently published by the International Humanistic Management Association. This version is prepared for discussion with faculty, students, and other stakeholders at events hosted by the University of Cape Town […]
Our most prestigious universities continue to teach economic principles that empower corporations in the service of money, destroy Earth’s capacity to sustain life, leave the many in desperation, and drive humanity to self-extinction. An economics for the 21st century will guide us to an economy that empowers people in the service of life.