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The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

Monday, May 15, 2006
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Ken Preston-Pile
Location Details:
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison (at 27th St)

David Korten’s classic bestseller, 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. Advocating for a turning from “Empire to Earth Community,” Korten shows how we can turn this moment of potential terminal human crisis into a new era, grounded in the life-affirming values of community, caring and cooperation that are shared by most of the world’s people and reflected in the majority of human history.

Dr. David C. Korten has authored numerous books, including When Corporations Rule the World, and The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism. He is a co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures; founder and president of The People-Centered Development Forum; an associate of the International Forum on Globalization; and a member of the Club of Rome. A former Harvard Business School professor, Air Force captain, and USAID advisor, he has more than thirty years experience living and working in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He also serves on the boards of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

“…a masterpiece…”-- Frances Moore Lappé, author Hope's Edge and Democracy's Edge

“…a work of amazing scope and depth…”—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

With Shailja Patel, Poet and Spoken Word Artist

Panel Respondents:
• Alli Chagi-Starr, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
• Maryam Roberts, Global Exchange
• Xiomara Castro, Art in Action

Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door. Benefits Global Exchange.
Available at independent bookstores: Black Oak Books; Cody’s Books (both East Bay stores); Pegasus Books (both stores); Pendragon; DIESEL, A Bookstore; Global Exchange Store (College Ave.)
Phone order: 415-255-7296 X200

Co-sponsored by Global Exchange, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Art in Action, and KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

Added to the calendar on Thu, Apr 13, 2006 10:53PM
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