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David Korten Green Fest presentation: Agenda for a Green Economy

David Korten, co-founder of YES Magazine and co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, was one of the featured speakers at the 2011 Green Party National Meeting in Alfred, New York. The complete text of his presentation is online at Green Papers. An excerpt:

America’s political future belongs to the party or movement that can provide a credible positive vision and program for America’s future. Among America’s political parties, only the Green Party is positioned to frame and build support for the missing vision and agenda. We desperately need a strong Green Party voice to help define the upcoming 2012 cycle political debates.

Most of the essential elements of a New Economy based on living system principles are already included in the Green US party platform. It remains only to pull it all together into a coherent, credible, compelling, and easily understood vision for America’s future.

And we are fortunate to have within our ranks a number of strong, politically and emotionally mature leaders with the potential to function as a strong politically savvy and publicly credible leadership team. America needs the Green Party and it is time to step up to the challenge of building a broad political base and mobilizing the funding required to make this party a coherent and effective national political force.

Read the full text of David Korten’s presentation “Agenda for a Green Economy” at Green Papers.

Dave Schwab

4 Comments

  1. “And we are fortunate to have within our ranks a number of strong, politically and emotionally mature leaders with the potential to function as a strong politically savvy and publicly credible leadership team. America needs the Green Party and it is time to step up to the challenge of building a broad political base and mobilizing the funding required to make this party a coherent and effective national political force.”

    Here is the question that always pops into my mind every time I see this, how do you intend to do it? To be honest nothing I seen from the Green Party in the United States so far indicates that the Party has the ability to be anything other than an interesting foot note in political history.

  2. I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and vision of the Green Party, however I agree with Chicago Voter. How can the GP make any significant change when it seems we are just hovering around the edges of the scene?

  3. Dear ‘in agreement’ —
    With any political party new on the scene, winning elections is not always the primary objective. What’s often more important is getting issues that are critical to average citizens on the political radar and arguing for them from conviction and principle, not because some pollster thought it was a good idea. An important and significant change which results is giving voters a sense, no matter whom they eventually vote for, that there are different ways of looking at political, social, and economic problems; that politics doesn’t have to be business as usual.

  4. Later today, I’ll post about Green candidates who are running for office this year across the USA. The best thing to do right now to help the Green Party grow and prosper in the long term is to support our candidates with your time and money.

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