Summary of Change the Story, Change the Future

A Living Economy for a Living Earth

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Change the Story, Change the Future book summary
The stories that guide people’s actions and beliefs should depict a world that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.


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Humans have always told each other stories to frame daily life. These narratives people share determine what is meaningful to them, how they view the world and what they value. The best-constructed stories create deep personal connections. But David C. Korten, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, says that the wrong stories can be destructive. He believes people should pattern their beliefs and actions not on the quest for profit, but on stories that improve their lives and help the world. Korten argues that the dominant social narrative is passé, and he offers a replacement that advocates fairness and sustainability. While always politically neutral, getAbstract suggests his iconoclastic, provocative essay – which aligns to New Age thinking – to those who are curious about a different point of view and to those who wonder if citizens and policy makers can turn to a new story to shape a fresh societal and economic model.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why David C. Korten teaches that society’s “framing stories” matter,
  • What the “Sacred Money and Markets” story establishes as today’s social frame,
  • What the “Sacred Life and Living Earth” story offers as a New Age alternative, and
  • How different cosmologies shape the stories that define people’s attitudes and beliefs.


“The Sacred Money and Markets Story”
The world is in terrible shape. Values are upside down and inside out. Money is the be-all and end-all in modern society. People hold money sacred and treat the environment like a disposable rag. The health and sustainability of the planet dwindles ...
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About the Author

David C. Korten, the co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, is president of the Living Economies Forum. He wrote When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning.

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