The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

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by David C Korten
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1887208089

ISBN-13: 9781887208086

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

*Sweeping survey of world history offering a new understanding of the key challenge of our time
*Offers a positive message of hope for a sustainable and just future and a practical strategy for getting there
In The Great Turning, David Korten argues that "Empire," the organization of society through hierarchy and violence has always resulted in

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*Sweeping survey of world history offering a new understanding of the key challenge of our time
*Offers a positive message of hope for a sustainable and just future and a practical strategy for getting there
In The Great Turning, David Korten argues that "Empire," the organization of society through hierarchy and violence has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few, but now it threatens the very future of humanity as Empire has become unsustainable and destructive.
Korten traces the roots of Empire and charts the evolution of its instruments of control, from absolute monarchies to the multinational institutions of the global economy. He describes efforts to develop democratic alternatives to Empire, such as the founding of the United States and shows how elitists with an imperial agenda have undermined the "American experiment."
Empire is not inevitable, and we can turn away from it. Korten draws on evidence from evolutionary theory, developmental psychology, and religious teachings to show that a life-centered, egalitarian, sustainable, democratic "Earth Community" is possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887208086
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
BK Currents Series
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
679,606
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Choosing our Future
1) The Choice; 2) The Possibility; 3) The Imperative; 4) The Opportunity

Sorrows of Empire
5) When God was a Woman; 6) Ancient Empire; 7) Modern Empire; 8) The Athenian Experiment

America, the Unfinished Project
9) Inauspicious Beginning; 10) People Power Rebellion; 11) Empire’s Victory; 12) Struggle for Justice; 13) Wake Up Call; 14) Prisoners of the Mind

The Great Turning
15) Beyond Strict Father vs. Aging Clock; 16) Creation’s Epic Journey; 17) Joys of Earth Community; 18) Stories for a New Era

Birthing Earth Community
19) Leading From Below; 20) Building Consensus; 21) Liberating Creative Potential; 22) Change the Story, Change the Future

Copublished with Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provocative, visionary, and compelling.  In a time of dying bees, vanishing glaciers, dwindling resources and ineffective politicians, how can we not dare to envision a better future such as David Korten lays out?  Sign me up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Great Turning: From Empire To Earth Community by social activist and author David C. Korten provides a detailed and articulate argument that the organization of society through hierarchy and violence, or 'Empire' as Korten calls it, is promoting not only wealth for the few and misery for the many, but the potential extinction of humankind. The Great Turning proposes that Empire is not the inevitable natural order drawing upon evolutionary theory, developmental psychology, and religious teachings, Korten proposes that 'Earth Community' - ordering human society in an egalitarian way based on democratic principles of partnership - is indeed possible. The Great Turning outlines means by which human beings can take action for the future of the planet, and for themselves. Also highly recommended is Korten's previous expose, When Corporations Rule The World.