Summary of The Post-Corporate World

Life After Capitalism

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The Post-Corporate World book summary
You — the corporate powerhouse — you can save the planet. Really. Only, first you must put life ahead of money and use your power to implement change.


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This book was written as a call to arms. It builds on many themes developed in Korten’s previous book, When Corporations Rule the World (1995). Many in the world of business and finance will not like this book because it posits the radical restructuring of economic systems, specifically suggesting the elimination of capitalism. This book was meant for CEOs who have the power to institute the changes Korten recommends. However, its radical perspective probably means that the book will be more widely read by CEOs of corporations which already have an environmental focus and by the leaders of environmental organizations. getAbstract recommends it to any executive who is interested in a different point of view about the financial world’s role in environmental concerns.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why capitalism has failed to serve the masses
  • Why the world’s people must reduce, reuse and recycle to cooperate with the earth
  • How human beings can affect change on several levels


The planet Earth has reached a crisis point. The time has come to take responsibility. We each must take control of our destiny as a species. This is the time for a political and spiritual awakening based on "overcoming the temptation to sacrifice the spirit for a handful of silver."
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About the Author

David C. Korten, Ph.D., is the co-founder and president of The People-Centered Development Forum. He received his M.B.A and Ph.D. at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Other books Korten has authored or edited include When Corporations Rule the World, Getting to the 21st Century: Voluntary Action and the Global Agenda, and Community Management; People Centered Development. He has more than 35 years experience in business, academic and international development institutions.

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