David C. Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a member of the Club of Rome, and a former founding associate of the International Forum on Globalization. In 2001, he participated in founding the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and served as a founding board member through 2012. In 2008, he co-founded the New Economy Working Group, which he co-chaired with John Cavanagh. In 2011 he was named an Utne Reader visionary.
Earlier in his career, in addition to serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, David was a Harvard Business School professor, an Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development, a Visiting Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Ford Foundation project specialist, and Asia regional adviser on development management to the U.S. Agency for International Development. He lived and worked for twenty-one years as a development professional in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Indonesia
His books include When Corporations Rule the World (1995); The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism (2000); The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006); Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (2009 & 2010); and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (2015).
David Korten has MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School.