Inviting the Great Turning

Weekend of September 30th, David C. Korten, author, veteran, engaged citizen, speaks at various local places and times.

David Korten’s, When Corporations Rule the World, was one of the first books to articulate the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy. Now, ten years later, Korten shows that the problem runs deeper than corporate domination—with far greater consequences.

In The Great Turning, Korten argues that corporate consolidation of power is merely a contemporary manifestation of what he calls “Empire” — the organization of society by hierarchies of domination grounded in violent chauvinisms of race, gender, religion, nationality, language, and class. The result has been the same for 5,000 years, fortune for the few and misery for the many. Increasingly destructive of children, family, community, and nature, the way of Empire is leading to environmental and social collapse.

The Great Turning
makes the case that we humans are a choice-making species that at this defining moment faces both the opportunity and the imperative to choose our future as a conscious collective act.

via Nurul Eusufzai

2 Replies to “Inviting the Great Turning”

  1. Oh, Michael. I’m almost frightened to look more deeply into this. There’s been a great deal of coallescing in my life that speaks to this very realization . . . that is, those external structures that I once villified seem no longer to be the problem, but rather, the systemic destruction of the world is something more deep within us. And not in the simple sense of “we, collectively, are the system,” but somehow more deeper; it’s like becoming oddly conscious of some kind of Jungian collective unconscious and finding out in that instant that it’s REAL.

    I’m not explaning this well, am I? It’s too experiential to explain well.

    But thank you for the nod to the book.

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