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

Change the Story Change the Future A Living Economy for a Living Earth 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 searc

  • Title: Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth
  • Author: David C. Korten
  • ISBN: 9781626562905
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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.

    3. 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 [...]

    4. I was asked to review this book for a Unity publication - here is the link unityleaders/inspiratiThis 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.

    5. 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 perusa [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 iden [...]

    8. 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 th [...]

    9. 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 neede [...]

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    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.

    13. 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.

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