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Deep Economy

Author : Bill McKibben
ISBN : 1429906375
Genre : Business & Economics
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The bestselling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"—indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value. McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn't something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one's life as an individual and as a member of a larger community. McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. Deep Economy makes the compelling case that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.
Category: Business & Economics


Author : Silke Helfrich
ISBN : 9783839428351
Genre : Business & Economics
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Commons - die Welt gehört uns allen! Die nicht enden wollende globale Finanzkrise zeigt: Markt und Staat haben versagt. Deshalb verwundert es nicht, dass die Commons, die Idee der gemeinschaftlichen Organisation und Nutzung von Gemeingütern und Ressourcen, starken Zuspruch erfahren - nicht erst seit dem Wirtschaftsnobelpreis für Elinor Ostrom. Commons sind wichtiger denn je. Sie beruhen nicht auf der Idee der Knappheit, sondern schöpfen aus der Fülle. Dieser Band mit Beiträgen von 90 internationalen Autorinnen und Autoren aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft stellt ein modernes Konzept der Commons vor, das klassische Grundannahmen der Wirtschafts- und Gütertheorie radikal in Frage stellt und eine andere Kultur des Miteinanders skizziert.
Category: Business & Economics

The Bill Mckibben Reader

Author : Bill McKibben
ISBN : 1429998520
Genre : Social Science
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Powerful, impassioned essays on living and being in the world, from the bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy For a generation, Bill McKibben has been among America's most impassioned and beloved writers on our relationship to our world and our environment. His groundbreaking book on climate change, The End of Nature, is considered "as important as Rachel Carson's classic Silent Spring"* and Deep Economy, his "deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding"** exploration of globalization, helped awaken and fuel a movement to restore local economies. Now, for the first time, the best of McKibben's essays—fiery, magical, and infused with his uniquely soulful investigations of modern life—are collected in a single volume, The Bill McKibben Reader. Whether meditating on today's golden age in radio, the natural place of biting black flies in our lives, or the patriotism of a grandmother fighting to get corporate money out of politics, McKibben inspires us to become better caretakers of the Earth—and of one another. *The Plain Dealer (Cleveland ) **Michael Pollan
Category: Social Science


Author : Linda Buzzell
ISBN : 9781578051830
Genre : Psychology
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In the 14 years since Sierra Club Books published Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner€„¢s groundbreaking anthology, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, the editors of this new volume have often been asked: Where can I find out more about the psyche-world connection? How can I do hands-on work in this area? Ecotherapy was compiled to answer these and other urgent questions. Ecotherapy, or applied ecopsychology, encompasses a broad range of nature-based methods of psychological healing, grounded in the crucial fact that people are inseparable from the rest of nature and nurtured by healthy interaction with the Earth. Leaders in the field, including Robert Greenway, and Mary Watkins, contribute essays that take into account the latest scientific understandings and the deepest indigenous wisdom. Other key thinkers, from Bill McKibben to Richard Louv to Joanna Macy, explore the links among ecotherapy, spiritual development, and restoring community. As mental-health professionals find themselves challenged to provide hard evidence that their practices actually work, and as costs for traditional modes of psychotherapy rise rapidly out of sight, this book offers practitioners and interested lay readers alike a spectrum of safe, effective alternative approaches backed by a growing body of research.
Category: Psychology

Global Sustainability And Communities Of Practice

Author : Carl A. Maida
ISBN : 9781785338465
Genre : Nature
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Collaboration between experts and the public is vital for effective community engagement aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society, whether at the local or global level. Using case-based and theoretical chapters that examine rural and urban communities of practice, this volume illustrates how participatory researchers and students, as well as policy and community leaders, find ways to engage with the broader public when it comes to global sustainability research and practice.
Category: Nature

Leading From The Emerging Future

Author : Otto Scharmer
ISBN : 9781605099286
Genre : Business & Economics
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Our Time Is Now We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Meeting the challenges of this century requires updating our economic logic and operating system from an obsolete “ego-system” focused entirely on the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that emphasizes the well-being of the whole. Filled with real-world examples, this thought-provoking guide presents proven practices for building a new economy that is more resilient, intentional, inclusive, and aware. “A watershed! An inspiring, practical weaving of the inner and outer dimensions of the systemic changes so many around the world are now working toward.” —Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Founding Chair, Society for Organizational Learning; and author of The Fifth Discipline “Scharmer and Kaufer have succeeded in writing the book that has the potential to transform civilization from one based on a rapacious, ego-driven economics to a viable, ecological, awareness-based model. This is a must-read for anyone who cares. It may well be the single most important book you ever read.” —Arthur Zajonc, President, Mind and Life Institute, and author of Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry “Scharmer and Kaufer provide a creative and practical approach to shifting our economies. I see business as a movement, and this book shares that movement with the world, offering us inspiration to tap into the deeper levels of our humanity and urging us to transform the crises of our times.” —Eileen Fisher, founder, Eileen Fisher, Inc. “The shift to an eco-system economy is emerging everywhere around us. Otto’s and Katrin’s clarity in identifying that this shift requires change-makers to expand our thinking from the head to the heart has helped me to be more intentional in designing processes to awaken the hearts of entrepreneurs everywhere. This is a necessary condition for the emergence of the new economy.” —Michelle Long, Executive Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies “The purpose of business is to enhance the well-being of society. The 4.0 framework for transforming capitalism matters because it addresses a blind spot in our current discourse: how to create institutional innovations that could shift our economy from ego- to eco-system awareness at the scale of the whole.” —Guilherme Peirão Leal, founder and Cochairman, Natura Cosméticos
Category: Business & Economics

The Geographical Imagination Of Annie Proulx

Author : Alex Hunt
ISBN : 9781461634331
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This edited collection focuses on Annie Proulx's striking attention to geography, place, landscape, and local environments. Contributors consider Proulx's particular landscapes_particularly those of Wyoming, New England, Texas, and Newfoundland_and the issues surrounding the significance of these regions and regionalism in contemporary culture and literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

Was Mehr Wird Wenn Wir Teilen

Author : Elinor Ostrom
ISBN : 3865812511
Genre : Commons
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Was haben Wasser und Wissen, die Atmosphäre und der öffentliche Raum gemeinsam? Sie gehören zu den für selbstverständlich gehaltenen Voraussetzungen des wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Lebens. Doch so wichtig diese sogenannten Gemeingüter für unser aller Wohlergehen sind, so gering wird ihr Wert geschätzt: Sie werden privatisiert oder zerstört und gehen der Gesellschaft immer mehr verloren. Elinor Ostrom, Trägerin des Wirtschaftsnobelpreises und eine der bedeutendsten Gemeingüter-Forscherinnen, geht dieser Entwicklung am Beispiel der Wälder, der Meere und der Atmosphäre auf den Grund. Dabei begnügt sie sich nicht mit einer Problembeschreibung. Auf Basis jahrzehntelanger Forschung zeigt sie vielmehr auf, wie es gelingen kann, mit gemeinsam genutzten Dingen so umzugehen, dass alle Menschen ihre Bedürfnisse langfristig befriedigen können. Dazu gilt es vor allem, Kreativität zu wecken und Kommunikation zu fördern. Wenn man die Menschen an der Lösung der Probleme beteiligt, die ihr unmittel bares Leben betreffen, wird beides gelingen.
Category: Commons