By David C. Korten
We people reside through tales, says David Korten, and the tales that now govern our society set us on a route to yes self-destruction. during this profound new booklet, Korten stocks the result of his look for a narrative that displays the fullness of human wisdom and knowing and gives a consultant to motion sufficient to the desires of our time. Korten calls our present tale Sacred funds and Markets. funds, it tells us, is the degree of all worthy and the resource of all happiness. Earth is just a resource of uncooked fabrics. Inequality and environmental destruction are unlucky yet unavoidable. even if many realize that this tale promotes undesirable ethics, undesirable technology, and undesirable economics, it is going to stay our guiding tale until eventually changed by means of person who aligns with our private knowing of the universe and our courting to it. to steer our route to a workable human destiny, Korten deals a Sacred existence and residing Earth tale grounded in a cosmology that affirms we live beings born of a dwelling Earth itself born of a residing universe. Our well-being and wellbeing and fitness rely on an economic system that works in partnership with the methods wherein Earth's neighborhood of lifestyles continues the stipulations of its personal existence—and ours. supplying a hopeful imaginative and prescient, Korten lays out the transformative influence adopting this tale may have on each element of human existence and society.
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Extra resources for Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth
There was intermarriage between all Konkomba clans and between Konkomba and their centralized and noncentralized neighbors alike. Konkomba were not conﬁned within closed boundaries. Well into the colonial period it remained difﬁcult to assign an individual to a single group or category. The ways in which popular historical memory is invoked to support a particular claim or dispute a particular charge reveals a great deal more about the current conﬂict than the group’s past. The same is true of what is collectively “forgotten” or left unspoken.
56 Beyond a certain point, physical control was erratic, ineffective, and, ultimately, impossible. S. Rattray, the colonial anthropologist who conducted ethnographic research in the Northern Territories during the 1920s, argued that prior to European colonial rule conquest had little effect on the daily lives of the conquered. Indeed, the nature of state building fostered conquests without occupation. ”57 He warned against exaggerating the real signiﬁcance of conquests as one examines the historical relationships between conquerors and the conquered.
Moreover, prior to 1745 Dagbon had no real incentive to control ﬁrmly and consistently non-Dagomba areas such as Kekpakpaan; 32 Politics of Social Change in Ghana its military superiority gave it the capacity to raid the westernmost Konkomba for revenue and resources whenever it deemed necessary. There was in fact little that Dagbon would have gained by incorporating Kekpakpaan even if Dagomba nas possessed the capacity to do so. There were no major markets within Kekpakpaan, and there is no evidence that Konkomba interfered with the one major trade route that passed along its southern edge, which originated in Katsina, present-day Northern Nigeria, and passed southwest to Nikki on to Djougou, into Kotokoli in present-day Togo, and through Konkomba territory on to Yendi, terminating at Daboya.