The second day of the 2011 USSEE conference began with a keynote address by noted author Dr. David Korten entitled “Taking Ecological Economics Seriously: It’s the Biosphere, Stupid”. Dr. Korten described the current economic system as “suicide economics” and outlined how ecological economics can provide a new economic paradigm for the 21st century.
Korten is a lecturer and author, and co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, which was formed in 2008 to formulate and advance a new economy agenda. He has worked for more than thirty-five years in preeminent business, academic, and international development institutions, and now works exclusively with public interest citizen-action groups. He is the author of numerous books, including Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth and When Corporations Rule the World. He is the cofounder and board chair of YES! Magazine, the founder and president of The People-Centered Development Forum, a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, an associate of the International Forum on Globalization, and a member of the Club of Rome.