David delivered the Earth Day sermon at the Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church in Des Moines, WA on April 23. The text of his presentation, “Earth, Religion, and the Human Future,” was made available to the congregation following the service.
“Our Existential Crisis” was recorded for Alternative Radio in May, 2022, for broadcast on public radio stations in July and again in September. Given the positive response, thanks to the generosity of Alternative Radio, the recording and the PDF are now available to the general public. Listen to the recording HERE and read/download the PDF HERE.
For Earth Week, with Charter for Compassion, David joined Thea La Grou from Films for the Planet on April 9 for a live streamed conversation about “Future Dreaming: Change the Story” – essential strategic pathways to a positive future. Watch the video HERE…
Following the publication of his book, The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism, David delivered his talk, “Creating A Post Corporate World”, at the 20th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures in October 2000. It is still timely and relevant. It was recently selected by the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to be made available in their Library as a podcast (and other formats). Listen here…
David partnered with spiritual theologian Matthew Fox in this July 20 opening session of the 2017 IONS Conference – a conversation about “What Connects Us – and Why It Is Important“. The recording of the session is in three parts. Listen here…
On January 30, 2017, David delivered the keynote address – “A Living Earth Economy for an Ecological Civilization” – at International Week at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, hosted by the Global Education Program. The full text of his presentation and a link to the printer-friendly PDF are available HERE. The broadcast version is available from Alternative Radio.
On July 7, David presented “Change the Story, Change the Future” at the 2016 Chautauqua Summer Institute. Ironically, he delivered this talk following a presentation by Steve Forbes, the editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, an ideal opportunity to compare and contrast ideas. Watch the video and follow with an article by Jason Mast in The Chautauqua Daily.
On August 9, 2014, David co-presented, with Fr. Pedro Walpole, the closing plenary session at the Seattle University conference, “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons“, hosted by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Read the full text of David’s presentation, “Spirit, Justice and a Living Economy for a Living Earth”, here…
From the full-day Spring of Sustainability Earth Day telesummit: “Living Earth, Living Universe“, a conversation between David Korten and Duane Elgin on April 22. Experiencing both the Earth and the Universe as living systems (of which we are a part) has huge implications for knowing who we are and what we are here to do. This is an exploration by two thought-leaders which helped set the tone for the 9-week Spring of Sustainability series, “Turning Crises into Creative Solutions”.
Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time. February 2, 2013 afternoon presentation to the GATE Transformational Story Conference. These two presentations are variations on the same theme. The afternoon session presentation highlights a distinction between individual and collective self-discovery brings in examples of self-organization from the biosphere and the human body. The evening session presentation builds on David’s personal story of how he came to realize that failed economic systems are products of failed stories.
Agenda for a New Economy. October 5, 2011 inaugural lecture for the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics 2011-2013 inquiry “From Wall Street to Main Street: Capitalism and the Common Good.” This lecture frames the two year inquiry in relation to the New Economy agenda and connects it to the National Occupy Wall Street resistance movement. Listen to the Alternative Radio broadcast.
How to Liberate America. September 28, 2011 Keynote presentation to the Move On Olympic Progressive gathering that launched the American Dream movement on the Olympic Peninsula. Makes the case that we build effective political power only through larger alliances built around unifying stories and suggests that an epic contest between Wall Street and Main Street economies for the soul of America may provide the needed story for a broadly based progressive political alliance.
Agenda for a Green Economy. Keynote presentation to the 2011 Green Party National Conference suggesting a framing message and strategy for Green Party USA.
Taking Ecological Economics Seriously: Its the Biosphere Stupid. Keynote presentation to the 2011 US Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE). A challenge to ecological economists to replace the prevailing suicide economics with a new economics devoted to developing and popularizing the theoretical frameworks and policy tools required to reorganize and manage human relationships with the biosphere.
Follow the Money. Presentation to the Seattle Green Festival 2011, May 21, 2011. Addresses the role of money in separating humans from one another and nature and outlines how the money/banking system can be redesigned to support our reconnection.
A New Economy, a Spiritual Awakening, and a Prophetic Mission. Presentation to the Interfaith New Economy Planning Group meeting sponsored by the Rauschenbusch Center, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, January 28, 2011 to initiate a Seattle interfaith conversation about the role of faith institutions in addressing the economic dimension of the unfolding economic, social, environmental, and political crisis.
The Green Party and the New Economy. A challenge to a November 13, 2010 gathering of Green Party leaders from the Pacific Northwest to make the Green Party the most significant political force in America by rethinking and repositioning itself as the political arm of a powerful and growing social movement.
Path to a Just and Sustainable New Economy
Address to the European Union Club of Rome, Brussels, Belgium, January 26, 2010. Presents a challenge to the Club of Rome to participate in creating an economic vision for the 21st century equal to the challenge of addressing the crisis of the human confrontation with planetary limits that the Club or Rome brought to the fore of human consciousness with its historic 1972 report on The Limits to Growth.
Path to a Peace Economy
Presentation to Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, CA October 19, 2009 sponsored by Praxis Peace Institute & RSF Social Finance.
A New Economy Policy Agenda
Presentation to BALLE National Conference May 23, 2009 in Denver on the Plenary Panel on Public Policy. Outlines policies to shift the balance from favoring Wall Street to favoring Main Street.
The Living Economy Challenge
Presentation to BALLE National Conference May 22, 2009 in Denver to the BALLE 101 breakout session. Presents the big picture framing of the BALLE mission as part of the conference orientation for new members.
Spiritual Awakening, a New Economy, and the End of Empire (Text and video)
David delivered this presentation at the Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City on January 23, 2009 for Trinity Institute’s 39th National Theological Conference, “Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability.” Ironically, this speech at this historic church, located on the notorious Wall Street, served as the launch of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. (The text of this presentation was also subsequently published by Tikkun Magazine, shared HERE, with permission.) The VIDEO of David’s presentation, including the introduction by Rev. Mark Richardson and a video biography, is available HERE. (The entire session, with extended introductions, is available at Trinity Wall Street Church’s website.)
The World We Want – CCMA
Presentation to the Consumer Cooperatives Management Association, Portland, OR, June 13, 2008. Explores the essential role of the cooperatives movement in creating a new economy for the world we want and the world we must bring forth if there is to be a human future. Equitable, democratic participation in ownership is key and the cooperatives movement is a primary repository of essential experience and expertise.
Joanna Macy and David Korten Converse on The Great Turning
A public conversation between Joanna Macy and David Korten on the Great Turning at the Seattle Unity Church before 450 people on May 25, 2008. The event was organized by For the Grandchildren and moderated by Victor Bremson. Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. Joanna framed and popularized the term the Great Turning. She is a popular speaker and workshop leader as well as the author of numerous books, including World as Lover, World as Self; Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World; and In Praise of Mortality. Available in audio only.
Navigating the Great Turning: From Empire to Eath Community (video)
Invited to speak at Oregon State University for the Spring Creek Project’s “Tragedy or Triumph of the Commons” series in March 2008, David addressed our rapid approach to the limits of the exploitative, hierarchical system of the past 5,000 years and offered ideas for replacing this outdated approach with new ones affirming the life values of cooperation, community and interdependence.
The Step to Earth Community
Sermon delivered by David Korten to the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fllowship, Port Townsend, WA, January 27, 2008. This is a short version of the basic great turning story with a focus on three contrasting meaning stories that frame very different understandings of our human nature and place in creation.
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (Video. Transcript is available HERE.)
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.
Imperial Politics, Christianity, and the True Jesus: Reflections on the 2004 Election Remarks by David Korten in Dialogue with Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Rauschenbusch Center Annual Dinner, November 12, 2004, University Congregational Church, Seattle. With Follow-on Remarks at University Baptist Church Brunch. Examines the challenge facing mainstream Christians in the light of role of the Christian Right in electing an administration dedicated to policies in sharp conflict with moral teachings of Jesus, who opposed Empire and called his followers to create a world of peace and justice.
BALLE and the Renewal of the American Experiment Closing keynote, 2nd Annual Conference of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), May 23, 2004, Philadelphia. In 1776 America’s founders met in Philadelphia to articulate a vision of the possibility of self-rule by all people and initiated a great social experiment dedicated to its realization. As a nation we have made substantial progress toward realizing that vision through a long and difficult struggle by the people to whom it held out a great promise. As the policies of the current administration remind us, however, much work remains. We meet in this same city of Philadelphia to renew the vision and carry forward the work of economic transformation essential to its realization. The presentation explores what this means for BALLE.
Agriculture for a Living Earth Keynote presentation by David C. Korten to the Twenty-Fifth Prairie Festival, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, September 26-28, 2003. The transformation of an increasingly destructive corporate industrial agriculture is an essential foundation of the human step from a 5,000 year Era of Empire to a new Era of Earth Community.
Seattle Peace Vigil
March 21, 2003. “Now that War has Started: What Role for the Peace Movement?” Following the initiation of the second Iraq war, citizens gathered in peace vigils across America and the world. This is a statement presented to the vigil held in Seattle at the Federal Building on the second full day of the war.
SVN Living Economies Presentation to the Social Ventures Network Annual Fall Conference, El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA, October 10-13,2002. Outlines how the SVN living economies initiative takes business responsibility to a new level and places it in an evolutionary perspective of the critical choices now facing the human species between American empire and Earth democracy. One of the SVN presentations that shaped the formation of the Business Alliance for Local Livng Economies.
Beyond the Global Suicide Economy Keynote address to Global 6 Billion People’s Summit, University of Calgary, June 22, 2002. Names three issues citizens groups will be addressing in Calgary that the G8 will not address: the threat of official terrorism, why growth is an agenda of the rich, and the need of African’s for greater control of their own economies. Presents a strategy for replacing the global suicide economy with a planetary system of local living economies.
From the Love of Money to the Love of Life.
September 29, 2001. Keynote Address at the U.S. launch of the Earth Charter at the First Annual U.S. Earth Charter Community Summit in Tampa, Florida. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 bring into focus the choice for America and humanity between escalating violence and undertaking the Great Work of an inclusive Earth Community based on the framing values and principles of the Earth Charter.
20th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lecture – “Creating a Post-Corporate World”
This talk was delivered on October 28, 2000, as part of the 20th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lecture, at the Salisbury Congregational Church in Salisbury, CT, with an introduction by David Ehrenfeld, ecologist, author, and member of the Board of Directors of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
Life After Capitalism
Presentation made during speaking tour of Alberta and Saskatchewan Provinces in Canada, November 1998. The relationship of capitalism to the market and democracy is much like that of a cancer to the body. Capitalism is killing people, community, and the biosphere. Democracy and healthy market economies are the cure. This presentation is available on broadcast audio tape from Alternative Radio.
The Global Economy: Can It be Fixed?
Presentation to the Bellerive/GLOBE International Conference on Policing the Global Economy, Geneva, March 23-25, 1998 organized by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to bring together leading proponents and critics of economic globalization. This paper presents a case for closing the WTO to protect democracy and real markets.