Change the Story, Change the Future

Change the Story, Change the Future

A Living Economy for A Living Earth

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"We humans live by stories. This defining human quality distinguishes us from other intelligent species and gives us a capacity to rapidly change our individual and group behavior in response to changing circumstances. On the downside, when we get our story wrong, the consequences can be devastating. In this extraordinary work, David Korten identifies three cultural stories ways of understanding the world that have contributed to our current economic, political, and environmental crisis. Korten explains how these stories, however arguably well intentioned, have led us to value life by its market value, view nature as a commodity, and see ourselves as separate from our world. To find a path to a viable human future Korten offers a new story, one consonant with both modern science and spiritual traditions, that acknowledges the reality that we are living beings born of a living Earth that itself is born of a living universe. He shows how we can choose our actions and design our institutions based on this understanding"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Oakland, Calif. : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626562905
1626562903
Branch Call Number: 304.2 KORTEN
Characteristics: xiii, 169 pages ; 22 cm

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rjchapple
Dec 30, 2015

More than just being a "good" or "not good" book -- I think this is an "important" book. The idea of changing the very narrative by which we assign value to things/pursuits in this world is potentially very impactful -- if taken to heart by enough people.

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StarGladiator
Oct 03, 2015

My major problem with David Korten [and Ralph Nader] is that they are beset by the status quo-mind, they have fallen for the magical myths from Wall Street. Korten actually believe [OMG!!!!!] that most stuff is // publicly owned \\ as in we the people own the stuff through our pension funds [if you are sooo lucky] or 401(k)s [if you are sooo lucky], et cetera - - i.e., a socialist paradise.
'Fraid not, chum! Publicly owned simply means you haven't an ice cube in hell's chance of ever learning who the owner is! By their law [the laws they created and lobbied for] the investment firms have to make known their investments [called SEC forms 13F] but they don't have to list who their major investors are?????
Therefore, one can ascertain that four investment firms are the majority shareholders in the majority of major corporations in North America and Europe, but one cannot ascertain who their major investors [i.e., owners] are?!?!?!?
If interested, they would be BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street and Fidelity or FMR LLC.

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