New Economy Resources
Books by David Korten
- When Corporations Rule the World (1995, 2001, 2015) is the Forum’s classic international best seller. The first edition drew international attention to the use of multilateral trade agreements by global corporations to consolidate their power beyond the reach of democratic accountability. It helped to launch and shape the powerful global resistance movement against corporate-led economic globalization.
The 20th Anniversary Edition (June 2015) includes updates in a new Introduction and Conclusion, and insights from David's personal experience as a participant in the growing movement for a New Economy.
- Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (2015). David wrote this book to demonstrate the depth and significance of the contrast between the story by which we currently live and the nature and implications of the story now emerging. He explores the many dimensions of the challenge of turning from a world organized around a Sacred Money and Markets story to a world organized around a Sacred Life and Living Earth story. This new story, is emerging as people mobilize to rebuild their lives and their communities around values of caring and sharing for one another and nature.
The goal is a Living Economy for which life is the defining value, money is solely a means, and the power to make resource allocation decisions resides with people who make their living as co-productive members of place-based communities in which people and nature work together to meet the needs of all.
- Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. A Declaration of Independence from Wall Street, 2nd edition, (August 2010) is the Forum's most current and complete treatment of the New Economy we envision. The companion Discussion Guide is a resource for group discussion. It also provides a synopsis of key ideas and each of the individual chapters.
Our Partner Websites
The websites of our four organizational partners provide a wealth of New Economy resources, including links to many of the thousands of organizations involved in this work.
- The YES! Magazine website features a regular New Economy web news and opinion series, including a New Economy 101blog by David Korten. Sign up for a YES! New Economy news feed. Visit “Resource Guide: The New Economy,” and “31 Ways to Jump Start the Local Economy” for ideas, recommended reading, and guidance on how to become involved. The summer 2009 issue of YES! features the New Economy and has a companion discussion guide.
- The New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup) website presents the framing concepts and principles of the New Economy as understood and articulated by the Living Economies Forum. It also maintains a New Economy blog and provides links to a variety of New Economy supporting resources.
- The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). See BALLE’s recommended studies and books. Learn about the BALLE living economy building blockstrategy. Find a BALLE Networknear you. Check out the BALLE servicesavailable to local networks.
- The Institute for Policy Studies is a leader on New Economy policy issues under its programs on the Global Economy, and Inequality and the Common Good. The latter program provides staff support for Common Security Clubs, Wealth for the Common Good, and the Working Group on Extreme Inequality, each of which offers useful resources.
Opportunities to Dialogue with Us
Go to YES! to comment on David Korten’s blogs. Given the popularity and effectiveness of social media sites that specialize in supporting community dialogues, our policy is to encourage and support the use of such forums rather than attempting to maintain yet another such forum on this web site. We also join us on:
- Twitter: David Korten tweets as @dkorten. Kat Gjovik tweets as @thegreatturning. #agenda2 is a tag for the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy. #neweconomy is the general tag we use for most of our Tweets.
Other primary resources.
In addition to our partner sites, we recommend the following as primary resources that in turn link the larger community of allies in this work.
- The New Economy Network (NEN) is a broad based U.S. alliance of organizations mobilizing for an economy that sustains people and the planet. The Forum is a member.
- The New Rules Project is an invaluable resource for practical policy ideas and initiatives directly supportive of efforts to build strong just and sustainable local economies. See especially its Community Banking Initiative.
- The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) provides a variety of resources for “buy independent, buy local” campaigns and other efforts to support community enterprise. David Korten serves on AMIBA’s advisory board. See especially its Legislative Platform to Strengthen America's Independent Businesses.
- The State of the USA is at the forefront of developing and implementing new non-financial indicators of economic performance.
The PCDForum was formed in 1990 as a support network for a group of colleagues who were challenging development orthodoxy. We maintain an archive of our past publications and presentations as part of the movement’s historical record. It is a tool for those interested in tracing the history of the ideas presented in the Forum’s defining books.