David Korten

The Turn to Earth Community

David Korten

The Turn to Earth Community

David Korten

Dr. David C. Korten worked for more than thirty-five years in preeminent business, academic, and international development institutions before he turned away from the establishment to become a leading critic of what he calls global suicide economy. He now devotes his life to advancing the global transition now underway to a living Earth economy organized around deeply democratic self-governing living communities in which people work in co-productive partnership with the rest of nature to meet the needs of all.

He is the co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a member of the Club of Rome, and a former founding associate of the International Forum on Globalization. He earned MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

David Korten

Our common future depends on navigating a Great Turning from the dominator cultures and institutions of Empire to the partnership cultures and institutions of Earth Community. This passage to a new level of species maturity promises a more secure and fulfilling life for all. It is ours to choose. The window of opportunity is closing rapidly. The challenge and opportunity can only be fully appreciated in their deep historical context.

The institutional structures of the Era of Empire, both state and corporate, are losing credibility. Their ruthless domination and exploitation have reached the limits of what the living systems of Earth and society can and will endure. The social and environmental relationships on which the viability of imperial institutions depended are disintegrating. We the people will not, can not, continue to tolerate the squandering of the real wealth of nature and human labor to maintain global systems of domination that sustain temselves by destroying living Earth's capacity to support life and depriving billions of people of the basic essentials of a healthy, happy, and productive life.

Modern communications technologies have eliminated the isolation between peoples on which empire depends. They reveal the truth of our common situation for all to see. And they allow we the people to organize independently of the imperial institutions of power and domination. We have the means to navigate a Great Turning to a new era of Earth Community that works for the whole of life. The essential foundation is a new economy that meets the needs of all in balanced relationship with a finite living Earth.

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