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An Interview with David Korten, Author of When Corporations Rule the World

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transcript of Rob Kall Interview with David Korten broadcast on Sept 24, 2008.

Our next guest is going to be coming on very shortly, that's David Korten, the author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community ;WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD and The Post Corporate World: Life After Capitalism, and I'm very excited to have him on. He's a visionary; he's really what we need talking to congress right now. People like him have a picture of what happens after capitalism. And that's a good thing.


Every week I talk about Bottom Up. Bottom Up is the opposite of top down; the universe is bottom up; nature is bottom up; cultures were bottom up until civilization.

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With civilization it was convenient for kings and emperors, high priests, slave masters to have a top down control and domination system. Think about it; humans and their predecessors have been around for at least 2 million years. About eight, ten thousand years ago civilization came to the earth. With civilization came domination. Domination led to circumstances where certain people had power and were in charge and the rest, didn’t.


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David Korten has written a lot about this. And he's thought about what it's going to look like after it's over. So we're going to be talking to him in just a minute and I'm waiting for him to phone in and we'll get started with that shortly. Meantime, if I may, I'm going to talk a little bit more about what I've been saying.


Korten:  Rob.

Kall: Oh-- David?

Korten:  Dave Korten here, yeah.

Kall:  Great! Good to have you here; I've just been talking a little bit about what you've said in some of your books. Did you get to hear Bernie (Sanders)?

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Korten:  Yes, I was listening to the two of you on the web stream.

Kall:  Oh great. So you put together an article; it's really fun, I had a fortuitous opening today, thinking, God, I wish I could get an opening 'cause I would really like to have you on, and I worked to reach you and you tell me you've been up 'til two in the morning writing an article to respond to this (economic crisis) and in a lot of ways—did you ever look at what I wrote?

Korten:  No, I looked at the website, but I didn't find specifically the—

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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