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Summary

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 audiobook, 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 it's 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.

©2015 David C. Korten (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

Critic reviews

"If ever there was a guide to a better future, this is it." (Maude Barlow, national chairperson, Council of Canadians, and 2005 Right Livelihood Award winner)
"Among the most important books of our time, from one of the most brilliant thinkers of our era, Change the Story, Change the Future hands us the keys to a world in which all people live in creative, peaceful, and coproductive partnership with one another and with nature." (Thom Hartmann, best-selling author and internationally syndicated talk-show host)

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  • 04-10-15

critical reading

You can really listen to david korten. as a former world bank officer and Harvard economics professor, he's been on the inside of the system he's calling out. listen close!

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  • 12-10-21

An inspiring global vision

Open, inclusive, well grounded, visionary - important for us all to understand as we grapple with the big questions.

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  • 17-07-21

Life serving economics

this book explores the power of story in our economic life. it offers a new way of seeing ourselves, our environment, and our way of being that supports life.