Saturday, March 30, 2024

Eco-nomics for an Ecological Civilization


This paper, a companion to my earlier paper “Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence,” outlines a big picture conceptual and interdisciplinary framework for a new eco-nomics that recognizes our distinctive human nature and purpose as living beings born of and nurtured by a living Earth. This new eco-nomics is dedicated to the love of life and recognizes that money is only a number with no meaning outside the human mind. It calls us to bring forth a true civilization, an Ecological Civilization, grounded in the principles of the Earth Charter.
     – David Korten, March 29, 2024

Click on the image below to access the paper and download the PDF, or read online or from your mobile device HERE. Feel free to use this paper and its content in any way you believe may be useful in your work, community, and personal life to build public awareness and help move us forward on the path to an Ecological Civilization.


Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence 

Drawing on the work and insights of many colleagues and from ongoing conversations, this paper was written in an effort to connect the dots and engage a serious conversation about the causes of the existential crisis we face, while bringing a message of hope and possibility.

Click on the image below to read the paper and download the PDF. (For the best version to read via mobile devices, click HERE.) Feel free to use this paper and its content in any way you believe may be useful in your work, community, and personal life to draw attention and help move us forward on the path to an Ecological Civilization.
    – David Korten, May 25, 2021

Monday, January 15, 2024

Becoming Global Citizens for a Sustainable Society

This course introduces the SDGs and the notion of Global Citizenship through the series of lectures by renowned experts from all over the world, interviews with scholars, advocates and representatives from all different sectors, and case presentations by active global citizens. 


The course aims to examine and critically reflect on the revolving issues around the globe at local, national, and international levels by providing a platform where learners can virtually meet and learn from one another.


Learners will be able to deepen their understanding of the SDGs and global citizenship, exchange and embrace different perspectives, and challenge their own assumptions.


The course invites those who see themselves as global citizens as well as who aspire to assume active roles in bringing meaningful changes to oneself and to the society they are in.


1Global Citizenship and the SDGs

1) Understanding global citizenship in the context of the SDGs.

2) Why & What is Global Citizenship?

3) Issues Around Global Citizenship

2Global Citizenship in a Challenging World

Key Challenges to Global Citizenship

- Poverty & Glocal Justice

- Consumerism & Eco Justice

- Peace & Preventing Violent Extremism

- Media Influence and Critical Literacy

- Globalization & Migration

- Gender Equality

3Act to Change: Global Citizenship for Transformation

1) Highlights and Key Issues of the SDGs

2) Global Partnership for Achieving the SDGs

4Meet the Global Citizens Around the WorldCase studies of innovative movements and cases of global citizens
5Plan for Action: Becoming Active Global Citizens

1) How to become active global citizens

2) Advocacy tools and strategies

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The Need to GROW


This is a story of CUTTING-EDGE

SOLUTIONS to climate change.

With the planet on the brink of ecological disaster, with chronic disease rates skyrocketing, many are wondering...

“What can I do?”

Start by watching The Need To GROW.

An environmental film that gives the world hope.

Change happens when people know the truth.


“No human being on the planet should miss this film.”

— Society of Voice Arts and Sciences

“Perhaps the best film on sustainability I have ever seen.”

— Teddy Grouya, Founding Director - American Documentary Film Festival

“I loved this was one of those environmental movies that gave me hope.”

— Todd James, Global News

It will make you laugh, make you cry, give you chills, and inspire you to participate in the restoration of this beautiful Earth.

The Need To GROW takes you inside the hearts and innovations of three very different leaders.

An 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a global organization.

A renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource-efficient agriculture.

A visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Toolkit for Youth Eco-Activism


Nourishing Well-Being and Catalysing Collective Action for Earth

About this Course

Go on a journey of eco-activism using our online Toolkit for Eco-Activism!

This course follows River on her journey of self-discovery and action, building a community of like-minded people on the way, and gaining the skills and confidence to get involved in eco-activism. Whether you are an eco-activist, an educator, or a young person interested in the environment, this toolkit can have implications for your life and help you respond to social-ecological challenges.

This Toolkit is the result of the collaborative project, Youth Action for Nature and Wellbeing, which you can read more about below. In addition to this online course, the toolkit is available as a printed book and in PDF format at

How to Use the Toolkit

This course has been designed by young people for young people, aged 16 to 25. The toolkit can be used independently by the youth. It is primarily intended for individuals who wish to establish a collective group of local youth eco-activists. However, if you already have a group to collaborate with, that is fantastic.

There are two ways to use the toolkit, depending on your needs and interests as an eco-activist. One way is is to follow the toolkit linearly through the 6 Phases of Activism, or alternatively you can follow the Learning Icons, as illustrated below.

The 6 Phases of the Toolkit

The toolkit can be read linearly, from start to finish through 6 Phases of Activism. Along the way, you and River, the main character of the toolkit, will encounter a variety of animals that will present tools and activities for eco-activists to try, getting creative and using nature as a canvas. If you are new to eco-activism, we recommend you work through the 6 phases one after the other. 

The 7 Learning Ions

Another possibility is to navigate your way through the toolkit using the 7 learning icons, following your interests or needs at the time. If you are already engaged with eco-activism, you may find it more helpful to focus on what is needed at the moment or skip certain phases of your journey.

Youth Action for Nature and Wellbeing

The Youth Action for Nature and Well-Being project was funded by Erasmus+ and involved a strategic partnership between six non-governmental organisations: ECO-UNESCO, Resilience.Earth, Gaia Education, The Rural Parliament of Slovakia, Youth for Smile (Jaunatne smaidam), and Ecowellness Consulting.

Friday, August 4, 2023

Peace Leadership Collaborative


A global hub for the collective wisdom of peace leadership.

The Peace Leadership Collaborative provides a space for peace leaders from all identities and contexts to learn with and from peace leadership communities around the globe. 

Our Mission

Peace leadership is a proactive and intentional approach to individual and collective action that challenges violence and aggression to create peaceful, positive, just change. 

— Whitney McIntyre Miller, 2016



Nurture ongoing learning and advancement of peace leadership by fostering innovative opportunities for collaboration between researchers and practitioners.  


Promote peace leadership practice through education, training, and development. Provide space for organizations and members to share their opportunities and offerings.  


Document and share stories of peace leadership in action to inspire local and global practice.  

Promote the understanding & practice of peace leadership globally

We believe we all have the ability to be peace leaders in the work that we do, in the communities we are engaged in, and in systems large and small.

The Peace Leadership Collaborative holds space to explore peace leadership as a way of living that opens possibilities for peace to root and grow within ourselves, our relationships, our community, and our world.

A global hub for the theory, practice, & collective wisdom of peace leadership worldwide

The Collaborative is a space of belonging for peace leaders from all identities and contexts to learn about and from peace leadership communities around the globe, and collaboratively work together to effect just change in our relationships, communities, and societies at a global scale.

Embracing a generative relationship between theoretical perspectives and grounded work in communities

The Collaborative provides opportunities for peace leaders to learn skills, gain knowledge, and share stories to support what they need to be ready to engage in and lead peace; and offers researchers opportunities to learn from peace leaders in active community leadership about what is working to cultivate and sustain more peaceful communities and systems. 

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Holomovement and Our Moment of Choice

Our Moment of Choice:


Our moment of choice is at hand. There has never been a more urgent moment for humanity to come together in synergy and collectively choose to hold the greatest vision of what we can be and do together, to lead with our hearts and co-create new possibilities that will offer us hope for our future.

This uplifting and timely book is a call to action, offering evolutionary visions, resources and practical steps to help us navigate this moment of choice and amplify the movement for global transformation, upon which our future depends.

"Our Moment of Choice” is a proud winner of the 2020 Gold Nautilus Award in the category of Rising to the Moment 2020, the 2021 New York Book Festival in the category of Compilations/Anthologies, a 2021 COVR Silver Visionary Award, and a Gold Living Now Book Award in the category of Social Activism/Charity.