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Atlanta Shambhala Center 1447 Church St., Decatur, Georgia 30030
A talk by author, speaker, engaged citizen Mr. David Korten.
From an article in YES! Magazine, of which Mr. Korten is a founding editor:
A different result requires a different system, and the leadership for change is coming, as it must, from those for whom the current system does not work.
Awareness of system failure is widespread and growing.
Awareness of system failure is widespread and growing. We see it in the rebellion against the establishment wings of the major political parties. We see it as previously competing social movements join forces to articulate and actualize a common vision of a new economy. We see it in varied and widely dispersed local citizen initiatives quietly rebuilding the relationships of caring communities. We see it in millions of defectors from consumerism, who by choice or necessity are living more simply.
Analysis of the sources of the system failure, however, rarely goes beyond vague references to capitalism, neoliberalism, Wall Street, and immigrants.
Most of us have been conditioned by corporate media and economics education—along with the basic fact that we need money to buy thethings we need or want—to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all.
It rarely occurs to us to challenge these claims in our own thinking or in conversations with friends and colleagues. So they persist and allow the corporate establishment to limit the economic policy debate to options that sustain its power.