Eco-nomics for an ecological civilisation

Published 2024 – Our modern lives are largely determined by economic policies shaped by prevailing economic theory. Yet current economic theory serves us well only if our societal purpose is to exploit people and Earth to make money for the already rich. This economics is better named ego-nomics, as its focus on personal financial return is more ego (from the Latin “I”) than eco (from the Greek “oikos” meaning household). In our current interdependent world, our household is Earth and all its living beings.

This publication by David Korten introduces a new economic model, “eco-nomics,” essential for fostering a life-centric civilisation. This model aims to replace the outdated ‘ego-nomics,’ which prioritises personal gain over our collective future. Korten emphasises the urgency of adopting eco-nomics to prevent irreversible damage to Earth and its inhabitants by the decade’s end. Explore how shifting our economic paradigm can preserve not just human life but all life on Earth. 

Author: David Korten

Download Publication

Other Publications

Enduring peace in the Anthropocene

Enduring peace in the Anthropocene

15 May 2024 - In a world increasingly defined by the Anthropocene, where human activities exert significant impacts on the planet's ecosystems, The Club of Rome introduces "Enduring Peace in the Anthropocene." This publication diverges from conventional narratives by...

Club of Rome Logo