How You Can Get Started Building a New Economy


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 Korten mugshotDr. David Korten ( is the author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and the international best seller When Corporations Rule the WorldHe was recognized as an Utne Reader Visionary in 2011

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by YES! Magazine, and is licensed under Creative Commons. It is part thirty-three of a series of blogs adapted from the 2nd edition of David Korten's Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth.  


For those of us already engaged in bringing the New Economy into being, daily news headlines provide ample reason to feel discouraged. Even major successes seem insignificant relative to the scale of the disruption wrought by the death throes of the Wall Street system.

It is essential to step back from time to time. Take a breath. Look out beyond the immediate horizon to gain perspective on the less visible but inspiring phenomenon of millions of people engaged in building the foundations of local living economies all around the world. Read their stories in YES! Magazine and reflect in awe and wonder at this epic phenomenon of human commitment to transformation.

If you are new to the movement and looking for ways to engage, you might begin by declaring your personal independence from Wall Street. Shop at local independent stores where possible, and purchase locally made goods when available. Make similar choices as to where you work and invest. Join the voluntary simplicity movement by cutting back on unnecessary consumption.

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