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The Great Turning

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The Great Turning by David C. Korten
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Oct 14, 2007 | ISBN 9781887208086
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    Oct 14, 2007 | ISBN 9781887208086

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“The Great Turning sets forth a compelling, devastating, and ultimately profoundly hopeful story that provides a framework for the new, unifying political conversation our nation so desperately needs. A must-read for every person of conscience.”
—Van Jones, Executive Director, The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

“What a gift David Korten has given us with this prophetic book! In this well-written and thorough story of the crises of late Modernity, Korten gives us a beautifully reasoned, carefully researched look at why we absolutely have to turn away from imperial power and wealth and, instead, create an Earth Community. This is a must-read for activists, for lovers of contemporary American studies, and for Cultural Creatives.”
—Paul H. Ray, coauthor of The Cultural Creatives

“Employing history, psychology, economics, spirituality, and common sense, Korten not only critiques the dilemma we are in as a species, he also shows us doable and workable ways out of our morass. He has cre- ated a tour de force —a call to compassion as much as a blueprint for survival. This book is a kind of Bible to the 21st century, a revelation of where we might travel if we have the moral imagination and the courage to choose and act wisely.”
—Matthew Fox, educator and theologian, author of Original Blessing and A New Reformation

“If you read only one book on how to address the looming ecological and social crises facing humanity, make it this one! Korten fearlessly grapples with ‘the big picture’ and goes beyond merely diagnosing the problem (which he does with great precision), as he outlines a positive and realistic plan for actually creating a just and sustainable global society.”
—David Cobb, 2004 Green Party United States Presidential Candidate

“Korten has done it again—created a masterpiece of big thinking to help us find our way in this death-or-life historical moment. With fascinating analogies, intriguing stories, and eloquent analysis, Korten engages and emboldens us to believe that we can trust and cultivate the best in our- selves and, despite the lateness of the hour, choose life.”
—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Hope’s Edge and Democracy

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Great Turning
Prologue: In Search of the Possible
PART I: CHOOSING OUR FUTURE
1: The Choice
2: The Possibility
3: The Imperative
4: The Opportunity
PART II: SORROWS OF EMPIRE
5: When God Was a Woman
6: Ancient Empire
7: Modern Empire
8: Athenian Experiment
PART III: AMERICA, THE UNFINISHED PROJECT
9: Inauspicious Beginning
10: People Power Rebellion
11: Empire’s Victory
12: Struggle for Justice
13: Wake-Up Call
14: Prisons of the Mind
PART IV: THE GREAT TURNING
15: Beyond Strict Father versus Aging Clock
16: Creation’s Epic Journey
17: Joys of Earth Community
18: Stories for a New Era
PART V: BIRTHING EARTH COMMUNITY
19: Leading from Below
20: Building a Political Majority
21: Liberating Creative Potential
22: Change the Story, Change the Future
Notes
Index
About the Author

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