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Change the Story, Change the Future

A Living Economy for a Living Earth
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Berrett-Koehler
 | 
February, 2015
ISBN:
9781626562905
Quantity: 
1
$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

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 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.

In a brief five-thousand-year fit of adolescent rebellion, we turned away from our Earth Mother to strike out on our own. As adolescents are sometimes wont to do, we put at grave risk our family and ourselves. We now face a defining test of our readiness to embrace the lessons of these troubled years.
 

Do we have the intelligence and good sense to return to our family, honor our Sacred Mother, and accept our adult responsibilities as Earth’s most gifted and powerful species?...
 

We are far from a full understanding of our complex, vast, and wondrous universe. Yet our current understanding is sufficient to recognize that Earth is a living being and the only source of nurture we humans as a species are ever likely to have. We must accept and embrace the implications of this reality—and do so in a historical instant.

Among David Korten’s other books are The Great Turning and Agenda for a New Economy.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 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 Earths community of life maintains the conditions of its own existenceand ours. Offering a hopeful vision, Korten lays out the transformative impact adopting this story will have on every aspect of human life and society.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 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 Earths community of life maintains the conditions of its own existenceand 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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