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David Korten
Chair and Co-Founder
Positive Futures Network - David Korten
Bainbridge Island, WA

P.O. Box 10818
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-0818
Work: 206-842-0216, toll-free 1-800-
Fax: 206-842-5208

Yes Magazine / Author: When Corporations Rule the World

See the bio of David Korten on his website here.

Below from http://www.yesmagazine.org/default.asp?ID=9:

The Positive Futures Network (PFN) and its publication YES! magazine start with the belief that we need deep change if we are to avoid the breakdown of society and the natural world.

Our hope lies in the fact that millions of people around the world are creating the needed changes in their homes, communities, work places, and nations. Powerful innovations are taking hold within agriculture, businesses, criminal justice, schools--virtually every sector of society.

This work is barely visible in the media and the prevailing political discourse, yet holds the promise of transforming the foundations of our world.

The work of the Positive Futures Network is to give visibility and momentum to these signs of an emerging society in which life, not money, is what counts; in which everyone matters; and in which vibrant, inclusive communities offer prosperity, security, and meaningful ways of life.

We spotlight the creative work occurring in the U.S. and around the world, and encourage everyone, young and old, and from all communities, to be part of a powerful process of change.

Below is an excerpt from A Discussion Paper by David C. Korten from his website (http://www.pcdf.org/Experiment/default.htm):

Abstract: America was born as an experiment dedicated to creating a modern democratic nation based on the democratic ideals of liberty, justice, and opportunity for all. That experiment remains an unfinished project now placed in peril by a small and determined group of elitists who are intent on rolling back more than 200 years of hard won progress toward the realization of these ideals in America and beyond. Their success in gaining the support even of those who bear the disastrous consequences of their program rests in part on their ability to control the national political dialogue by controlling the stories by which we answer three basic questions: "How can we create prosperity?" "How can we make ourselves secure from criminals, terrorists, and rogue nations?" and "How can we find meaning in our daily lives?" These are increasingly serious questions for a great many Americans.

The stories that have come to be accepted as conventional wisdom narrow both the question and the related political debate. "How can we create prosperity?" is reduced to "How aggressively will you cut taxes, deregulate the market, and cut government spending on social programs to increase economic growth." "How can we make ourselves secure from criminals, terrorists, and rogue nations?" is reduced to "Will you be an effective military commander in the war against evil?" "How can we find meaning in our daily lives?" is reduced to "How will your faith and your policies set with my jealous and wrathful God?" Progressive politicians thus find themselves unwittingly trapped in a debate framed by the worldview of a small group of extremists who believe in a system of elite rule and pose an increasingly serious threat to the American Experiment in democratic self-governance.

This challenge to America's founding ideals can be countered only by stories that offer better and more inspiring answers to these questions. Progressives face a twofold challenge. We must find new stories that answer the larger questions and learn to communicate them in ways that enlarge and redefine the terms of the debate.