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We humans live by stories, says David Korten, and the stories that now govern our society set us on a path to certain self-destruction. In this profound new book, Korten shares the results of his search for a story that reflects the fullness of human knowledge and understanding and provides a guide to action adequate to the needs of our time. Korten calls our current storyWe humans live by stories, says David Korten, and the stories that now govern our society set us on a path to certain self-destruction. In this profound new book, Korten shares the results of his search for a story that reflects the fullness of human knowledge and understanding and provides a guide to action adequate to the needs of our time. Korten calls our current story Sacred Money and Markets. Money, it tells us, is the measure of all worth and the source of all happiness. Earth is simply a source of raw materials. Inequality and environmental destruction are unfortunate but unavoidable. Although many recognize that this story promotes bad ethics, bad science, and bad economics, it will remain our guiding story until replaced by one that aligns with our deepest understanding of the universe and our relationship to it. To guide our path to a viable human future, Korten offers a Sacred Life and Living Earth story grounded in a cosmology that affirms we are living beings born of a living Earth itself born of a living universe. Our health and well-being depend on an economy that works in partnership with the processes by which Earth's community of life maintains the conditions of its own existence and ours. Offering a hopeful vision, Korten lays out the transformative impact adopting this story will have on every aspect of human life and society. "...

Title : Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth
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Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth Reviews

  • Naum
    2019-05-05 10:02

    I heard NN Taleb once say that authors rarely branch out onto new topics, that instead, they just iterate, refine, evolve a grand idea that is their life's mission, overarching question or riddle. And that is apt for David Korten, who continues in the same vein as in *When Corporations Rule the World*, *The Great Turning*, *An Agenda for a New Economy*, and other works. This is a slim paperback and its focus is entirely centered on *story*, how victory for humanity won't be won until we replace the poisonous "sacred money & markets" story with a "sacred life and living earth* story. (Which is an *evolving* from the *The Great Turning* where it was framed as *Empire* v. *Earth Community*. Unlike *The Great Turning* (which all should read!), this slim paperback is just a refining of Korten imploring that we need the "change the story" -- that life and time should be held sacred, as opposed to treating human beings as valued only for the use as monetary units or monetary impact.

  • Camille Sheppard
    2019-05-03 15:21

    This is a very important book. I hope that it reaches a wide audience. David Korten makes a very clear argument about the importance of changing the meta narrative "sacred money and markets" to one under which humanity can actually continue to exist on planet earth.

  • Lara
    2019-04-21 09:16

    David Korten is probably best known for writing "The Great Turning". This book, "Change the Story, Change the Future" is his latest (2015). He argues that we need to reframe our worldview to get out of our current mess, particularly the global climate crisis. In the Occupy movement and other progressive movements, you will see the slogan "People over Profit". In this book, Korten elaborates how in our current worldview, corporate profit is held above people and all else. In a nutshell, this book is about "People and Planet over Profit".He notes that we believe that "time is money". He argues that it should be "time is life". We need to go from the story of "sacred money and markets" to the story of "sacred life and living earth". We must reframe value based on life and the health of the planet, not on our inventions of money and market. He argues that money and market can be "useful servants" but that they make dangerous masters. Corporate capitalism is destroying the planet by basing "success" on a need for endless growth and consumption. Our current story of "sacred money and markets" puts the importance of money first, but in reality, the health of the planet is primary. The story of "sacred life and living earth" would help us to correct our course. Without a healthy planet, you don't have people, and without people there is no money.He notes that this might seem like dreaming, to make this shift. But as he writes, "I have witnessed in my lifetime a number of politically infeasible transformations. These include the collapse of British rule in India, the transformation of race relations and gender roles, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. Each seemed impossible -- until it happened. Then suddenly it seemed inevitable." We can add to Korten's list marriage equality, now too!

  • Beth
    2019-04-29 13:13

    I was asked to review this book for a Unity publication - here is the link is an extremely important book at a crucial juncture in our history. It illustrates how we arrived at where we are, as well as a path towards a world that works for all.

  • Riri Satria
    2019-04-30 11:53

    Salah satu pakar sosial politik dan ekonomi yang saya sukai adalah David C. Korten, di samping nama-nama lainnya seperti Jared Diamond, Joseph Stigliz, Noah Chomsky, Francis Fukuyama, Anthony Giddens, serta Kenichi Ohmae. Saya juga menyukai pemikiran Samuel Huntington terlepas dari semua pro dan kontranya.Nah, kembali kepada David C. Korten. Buku pertama tulisannya yang saya baca adalah "When Corporations Rule the World" pada tahun 1996 yang sangat fenomenal membedah bagaimana kapitalisme perusahaan-perusahaan besar dunia memiliki kekuatan lebih besar daripada pemerintahan negara-negara.Buku kedua yang saya baca adalah "Post Corporate World, Life after Capitalism" pada tahun 2001. Buku ketiga adalah "The Great Turning: from Empire to Earth Community" tahun 2008.Buku "Change the Story, Change the Future" adalah buku keempat Korten yang saya baca.Di samping keempat buku ini, Korten juga menulis banyak buku lainnya tentang ekonomi dan globalisasi.Dunia memang membutuhkan suatu pemikiran mendasar untuk membangun kesejahteraan bersama. Kesenjangan antara si miskin dan si kaya tidak bisa dipecahkan dengan sistem yang ada saat ini yang menguasai dunia.Kata Korten, we should do a great turning, change the story, change the future!

  • Paul
    2019-05-21 09:16

    For many years, the world has been operating under a Story (or Narrative) that governs many aspects of daily life. It's all about money and markets, and it goes something like this: "Money equals happiness. Those who have a lot of money are to be admired and revered. Those who don't have a lot of money are just lazy or stupid. Slightly altering the 1980's bumper sticker: He Who Dies With the Most Money Wins. Nothing must be allowed to get in the way of economic growth, whether it's an increased level of air pollution, or an endangered animal whose forest habitat is about to be clearcut." Among the effects of such a Story are the near destruction of the American economy, and an income inequality gap the size of the Grand Canyon. Maybe the time has come for a new Story.The author calls it a Sacred Life and Living Earth Story. It is designed to work in harmony with the Earth, and not treat this world like it's a dead rock for sale. The author calls for shifting employment away from activities that harm society to activities that help society. Unproductive financial speculation should be made unprofitable. In college, the focus should shift from pre-employment degree programs to facilitation of lifelong learning. Replace the business school curriculum of phantom-wealth economics with one of living-wealth economics. Get rid of the walls that isolate academic departments from each other and the walls that isolate formal learning from the living world. It is reasonable to say that these proposals have no chance of being adopted, given the current conditions in Washington. Don't all great social movements go through stages, from Impossible to Maybe to Inevitable?The author does a great job diagnosing the present state of the world. His proposals for how to fix it are not exactly new, but they are still very thought-provoking. Perhaps it is time for a radical rethinking of our current impasse. This book is an excellent place to start.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-20 13:52

    The message in this book is a strident one - our current capitalist global system is destroying the very life support of humanity, planet Earth, and has to be replaced. Korten argues that the mainstream narrative of neoliberal economics and the worship of money enriches the few at the expense of the majority and the long-term health of the environment, nothing new here. The challenge is finding a solution, and the one proposed sounds an awful lot like what proponents of 'deep ecology' would identify with. The book is more philosophical than practical, expounding on a set of values that sees every living thing as interconnected with a larger whole, akin to Lovelock's Gaian view of Earth. When it comes to specifics though, I found it wanting. Yes, local is better than global, dense and vehicle free cities better than suburban sprawl, nothing revolutionary here too. Yet I could not help but see it as yet another utopian pipe dream of sorts, where everyone lives in happy communities surrounded by farms and forests. The problem as I see it is that we have long surpassed any notion of sustainability with a population over 7 billion and expanding economies and consumption. Perhaps when we were at 1 billion it was still possible for everyone to live on organic and local food production, but the hard reality is that the agro-industrial complex, terrible as it is for animals and the Earth is necessary to sustain this plague of humans, this overgrown cancerous tumor that is our human civilization. The success and predominance of the money system was because it enabled resources to be harnessed and technology to bloom that brought us to the situation of overshoot we have today. Replacing it with a different and opposite set of values would likely take a catastrophic, life threatening crisis for mankind. I would think such a situation would only arise post-collapse, not prior, unfortunately.

  • John Kaufmann
    2019-05-04 12:07

    Yawn. Not that I disagree with the book - in fact, I fundamentally agree with Korten's main thesis. It's just that I found nothing new in the book. I didn't even find it particularly interesting. And it was, in my judgment, very repetitive - every chapter seemed like a rehash of what came before it.Korten argues that our guiding myth is that of Sacred Money and Markets, and that it must be replaced by the myth of a Living Economy for a Living Earth. I agree. But I've read plenty of books with this basic thesis, and Korten's book, in my mind, adds nothing new - neither details, specificity, nor depth.I have several friends who admire Korten's work, so I have tried to read several of his books. I find his critiques of current philosophies/conditions to be the strongest part of his books. However, I find his recommended fixes to be lacking in depth or concreteness. They sound good, but there's really little substance behind the veil. (I understand he is a very inspiring speaker.)If this is your first exposure to the basic theme of the book, you may really like it. But otherwise, "been-there-done-that."

  • Carol
    2019-05-03 17:12

    David C. Korten writes with wisdom from his heart. If you are not part of the 1% in the U.S., you will want to read his books to discover why you aren't. If you are part of the 1%, you should read Korten's books to find out how to become more human. Change the Story, Change the Future, however, is not the place to start. Korten calls this book an essay ( I'd say an extended essay). The essay is intended as a report to a particular organization. It is brief and explanatory but lacks the depth needed if you are trying to figure out how the U.S. has come to be under the control of huge corporations.If you have the time and the interest, read When Corporations Rule the World first then move on to Korten's other writings. If you are short on time but care deeply about environmental and social justice, start with YES! Magazine which contains articles by David C. Korten.

  • Fred Rose
    2019-05-10 11:00

    A new age view of climate change. While I agree that that telling a new narrative about the world is an important step in getting people to think about sustainability issues (think about the new narrative for gay marriage now vs 20 years ago), this is just story and no substance. Maybe it will convince a few people but only people already on the far left or aging hippies.

  • Donald
    2019-05-05 16:59

    an engrossing,disturbing and highly topical book.Depending on your viewpoint this book will either depress you deeply or inspire you to look around you and indeed inside yourself to embrace the need for change.

  • Linda Koski
    2019-05-03 11:12

    Anyone who is "awake" or needs "awakening" should read this. This is going deeper in to the garbage or even recycling bins we've created of our lives. There's so much more that can change, happen to make our individual and collective lives communal.

  • Mills College Library
    2019-05-11 09:51

    304.2 K853 2015

  • Betsy D
    2019-04-26 11:01

    An important book for charting a course to saving our planet's environment--changing the overarching story/understanding that shapes our values, and thus our culture.