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Renewing the American Experiment

by David Korten

Something must happen so as to touch the hearts and souls of men that they will come together, not because the law says it, but because it is natural and right.

     — Martin Luther King, Stride Toward Freedom, 1958

The American Experiment is being placed in peril by a small […]

2017-04-04T16:59:45-07:00September 16th, 2010|Categories: Democracy, Story Power, Web Essays|

More Living Economies Essays


The essays referenced below further develop themes and issues raised in the web essay “Living Economies for a Living Planet.”

Living Economies: Lessons from Biology by Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D. A visionary evolution biologist draws lessons from living systems essential to distinguishing between health and pathology in economic systems […]

2017-02-28T15:52:16-08:00September 16th, 2010|Categories: Web Essays|

Part VI – Living

Part VI: Living the Future into Being

by David C. Korten

Many of the essential elements of local living economies are already in place. More are being created everyday by people who believe a better world is possible and are doing their part to live it into being. These elements include […]

2017-05-01T17:39:40-07:00September 5th, 2010|Categories: Living Economies, Web Essays|

Part V – Community

Part V: Mature Communities and Living Economies

By David C. Korten

The following thought experiment frames the problem humanity must now address.

Six billion people live together on a crowded planet. A hundred million or so — less than 2 percent of the whole — enjoy extravagant material affluence and consume as […]

2017-05-01T16:52:54-07:00September 5th, 2010|Categories: Living Economies, Web Essays|

Part IV – Awakening

Part IV: Awakening Consciousness and the Human Possible

By David C. Korten

The economic transformation from suicide economy to living economy will involve changes as sweeping and profound as those experienced by a forest ecosystem as it moves from colonization to maturity. The imperatives of our situation […]

2017-05-01T17:29:21-07:00September 5th, 2010|Categories: Living Economies, Web Essays|

Part I – Introduction

Part I: Introduction

By David C. Korten

Having reached the limits of an Era of Empire, humanity is compelled to accept responsibility for the consequences of its presence on a finite planet, make a […]

2017-05-01T17:05:32-07:00September 5th, 2010|Categories: Living Economies, Web Essays|

Part II – Pathology

Part II: Corporate Pathology and the Suicide Economy

By David C. Korten

The defining agenda of the Era of Empire has centered on unifying the planet’s territory and resources under centralized institutions with the power to impose order in the name of peace and prosperity. The dominant institutions, including […]

2017-05-01T17:03:46-07:00September 4th, 2010|Categories: Living Economies, Web Essays|