Articles by David Korten

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From Emergency to Emergence
David Korten | YES! Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2020

23 Apr 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 be reassured, however, by how few of them there are. Their actions contrast starkly with the far greater numbers at all levels of society demonstrating their willingness, even eagerness, to cooperate, share, and sacrifice for the well-being of all.

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The New Economy: A Living Earth System Model
David Korten | The Next System Project – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2016

Treat the visible problem—a defective product or an underperforming employee—as the symptom of a deeper system failure. Look upstream to find and correct the system conditions responsible for the system failure. Otherwise the problem will simply reoccur. David Korten contrasts what he calls the self-destructing “suicide economy” we have and a “living Earth economy” that self-organizes toward ecosystem health and balance, shared prosperity, and living democracy.

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A Trade Rule That Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That and More
David Korten - YES! Magazine, 27 Apr 2015

The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.

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A System Designed to Crash
David Korten – Yes! Magazine, 28 Mar 2011

Why a Money System Dependent on Constant Growth Can’t Last – The problem appears to be a lack of money, even though the total money in circulation is far more than enough to cover real-wealth exchanges in a rational real-wealth economy. The money, however, is locked up in the Wall Street casino economy rather than circulating in the real Main Street economy. Pouring public bailout money into Wall Street serves only to reflate the bubble. It does nothing to revive the real economy.

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