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The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism

David C. Korten
The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism
ISBN: 978-1-57675-051-3
ISBN: 978-1-88720-803-1
2000/318 pages/LC: 98-51489
A Kumarian Press Book
"For 30 years, Korten toiled as a development worker seeking to end the poverty of the world's underdeveloped nations. In that time, he noted a stark difference between capitalism's democratic myth and the reality of social, economic, and environmental deterioration that accompanied such efforts. In this intriguing sequel to When Corporations Rule the World, Korten identifies the root causes of these failures as consumerism, market deregulation, free trade, privatization, global consolidation of corporate power, a focus on money as purpose for economic life, and corruption of our democratic institutions."—Library Journal

"An earth-shaking book—a product of brilliant thinking from one of history's most groundbreaking intellectuals and activists."—Lynne Twist, State of the World Forum

"Passionately and gracefully written ... it will twist your mind about the world and how you are living in it."—Peter Block, author of Stewardship and The Empowered Manager

"Exciting, illuminating, hopeful, and breathtaking in its scope! Goes to the roots of our global crises and shows the way forward."—Jakob von Uexkull, The Right Livelihood Award


One of Future Survey's Super 70 books

David Korten challenges capitalism's claim to being a means of creating wealth and a champion of democracy as he examines the fissure between the promises of the new global capitalism and the realities of financial insecurity, inequality, social breakdown, and environmental destruction. Rejecting the inevitability of our current trajectory, he proposes an alternative: a system of democratically governed market economies capable of creating just and sustainable societies.


David C. Korten is president and founder of the People-Centered Development Forum, a global alliance dedicated to the creation of just, inclusive, and sustainable societies through voluntary citizen action.


  • Prologue: A Story for the Third Millennium.
  • The Sirens’ Song.
  • The Naked Emperor.
  • The Midas Curse.
  • The Incredible Journey.
  • Organism as Metaphor.
  • Embracing Life’s Wisdom.
  • Responsible Freedom.
  • Mindful Markets.
  • Economic Democracy.
  • The Rights of Living Persons.
  • Culture Shift.
  • The New Storytellers.
  • Life Choices.
  • Engaging the Future.
  • Epilogue: Planetary Consciousness.