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The economic operating system keeps crashing. It's time to upgrade to a new one.Five decades ago, The Limits to Growth shocked the world by showing that population and industrial growth were pushing humanity towards a cliff. Today the world recognizes that we are now at the cliff edge: Earth has crossed multiple planetary boundaries while widespread inequality is causing deep instabilities in societies. There seems to be no way out.Earth For All is both an antidote to despair and a road map to a better future. Using powerful state-of-the-art computer modeling to explore policies likely to deliver the most good for the majority of people, a leading group of scientists and economists from around the world present five extraordinary turnarounds to achieve prosperity for all within planetary limits in a single generation. Coverage includes:Results of new global modeling that indicates falling well-being and rising social tensions heighten risk of regional societal collapsesTwo alternative scenarios - Too-Little-Too-Late vs The Giant Leap - and what they mean for our collective futureFive system-shifting steps that can upend poverty and inequality, lift up marginalized people, and transform our food and energy systems by 2050A clear pathway to reboot our global economic system so it works for all people and the planet.Written in an open, accessible, and inspirational style using clear language and high impact visuals, Earth For All is a profound vision for uncertain times and a map to a better future.This survival guide for humanity is required reading for everyone concerned about living well on a fragile planet.
With a big new idea that will transform how people think about innovation and disruption in the same way that Blue Ocean Strategy changed how the world thinks about strategy and competition, Kim and Mauborgne argue that disruption is not the only, or even the best, way to grow your company. Leaders miss bigger market-creating opportunities when they focus solely on disruption—and, through disruption, they destroy people's careers and livelihoods as markets and companies tumble. As customers, employees, and investors increasingly demand that companies be more accountable to all stakeholders, Kim and Mauborgne give leaders a new perspective and tools to transform their approach to innovation: away from market-destroying to market-creating innovations that achieve profitable growth and greater good for all.Introduces a new approach to innovation that is tailor-made for a world, and economy, in transition: Nondisruptive creation is positioned to play an increasingly important role in companies and our economy as smart machines and AI become more ubiquitous. It allows organizations to pursue their individual growth without imposing social adjustment costs on our communities. All the jobs it creates are additive, not net. In this way, nondisruptive creation is an affirmative step to make sure that everybody comes along as our economies transition.Practical, relevant, and applies broadly: A surprising, counter-intuitive, yet amazingly commonsensical approach to innovation, so much so that you wonder how the world has largely missed this observation and understanding. It also offers a pathway to innovation that is as inspiring as it is practical not only for companies but for governments and public policy as well. Whether a company offers a product or service, whether it is designed for consumers (B2C) or for companies (B2B), or for non-profits, the principles and practices in this book apply.Covers the What, Why, and How: Starting with compelling examples of nondisruptive creation – and the idea that nondisruptive creation is not meant to detract from or displace the existing theory or practice of disruption, but rather to complement it by opening up the other half of innovation opportunities available to all of us—the book focuses on the How: How do you unlock and execute nondisruptive creation and build a mindset for success of nondisruptive creation, and which areas are ripe for nondisruptive creation now and in the future.Unveils New Analytical Tools: Just as Blue Ocean Strategy gave leaders new analytical tools for strategy and for finding blue oceans, this book gives them a new set of analytic tools to see and act on nondisruptive opportunities and scale them in the market.Lively, Instructive Examples: Fascinating case studies drawn from the authors' research data base will be woven throughout to bring the points to life, highlighting what works and why and how anyone can take these insights and start to apply it for themselves. They include Truepic, Pfizer, Kickstarter, Sesame Street, and companies in industries such as online dating, life coaching, air-to-ground communication, men's cosmeceuticals, and even pet Halloween costumes.Audience: Leaders and aspiring leaders; anyone responsible for growing an organization or for innovation.Professionals at all levels across the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.Entrepreneurs.Students, including the MBA and Exec Ed market, and degrees in social policy, technology and engineering.Broader audience of those interested in the future of business.
The Sovereign Individual, penned by the renowned author James Dale Davidson, is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the concept of personal freedom and sovereignty. Published by Simon + Schuster Inc. in 1999, this book stands as a testament to Davidson's insightful understanding of the socio-economic landscape. The book, belonging to the genre of socio-political literature, delves into the idea of individual sovereignty in the face of the modern world's complexities. It challenges the readers to question the norms and encourages them to take control of their own lives. The Sovereign Individual is a thought-provoking journey that continues to remain relevant even after two decades of its publication. It's a compelling read, brought to you by the esteemed publishers, Simon + Schuster Inc.
Økonomer forstår alt – undtagen kapitalismen. Sådan lyder det fra cand.polit. Karen Helveg Petersen. I 'Rentekapitalismen' undersøger hun, hvad der driver det kapitalistiske verdenssystem fremad, de politiske institutioners rolle i processen og om globaliseringen er ved at være nået en grænse i vækstens og profitjagtens navn.Den kapitalistiske økonomi har muliggjort frihed fra tvang og materiel nød, men bliver ved med at trampe naturgrundlaget og autonome sociale strukturer under fode og skabe nye former for fattigdom og elendighed.Helveg Petersen ser på den moderne, globale kapitalisme, og hun giver et indblik i den moderne imperialistiske situation: Råvarer hentes i Det Globale Syd, industriproduktionen er flyttet til Øst- og Sydasien, og de vestlige konsumsamfund bæres oppe af stadig mere hektiske finansmarkeder.Med udgangspunkt i klassisk-marxistiske grundbegreber analyserer Karen Helveg-Petersen de modsætninger og kriser, der driver det kapitalistiske verdenssystem fremad, og de politiske institutioners rolle i processen.Karl Marx' og John Maynard Keynes' teorier kombineres med neoklassisk teori og stilles kritisk op mod hinanden. Og forfatteren dykker ned i, hvordan de økonomiske hovedskoler begriber den virkelighed, de er sat i verden for at forklare og forudsige.Første del gennemgår konkrete udviklingstendenser i verden – ikke kun i Vesten. Anden del behandler grundbegreber i økonomisk teori, vare, værdi, pris, penge og kapital i alle dens mange former. Tredje del stiller skarpt på, hvordan grundrente, prisfastsætning på jord og naturressourcer kan forstås i sammenhæng ud fra arbejdsværditeorien. Fjerde og sidste del diskuterer krisen i 2007-2008 som et finansielt udtryk for underliggende dårligdomme, modsætninger i ’realøkonomien’ samt den nye imperialisme, hvor Vesten dominerer verdens produktion og råstofudvinding og skaber marginalisering og arbejdsløshed.Bogen giver en troværdig forbindelse mellem teori og virkelighed. Målet er – forhåbentlig – at bibringe læseren en bedre forståelse af det kapitalistiske samfund.Karen Helveg Petersen er ph.d. i økonomi fra State University of New York og har haft talrige konsulentopgaver i energi og offentlige finanser i ikke mindst Afrika. Hun har tidligere undervist på RUC samt været programrådgiver for FN’s Udviklingsprogram i Kenya, EU’s udviklingsprogram i Congo-Brazzaville og Den Interamerikanske Udviklingsbank.
Zahra Biabani, a climate activist with a creative twist, created this guide to help readers learn how to stay optimistic in the face of the climate crisis. Doing good things can make a change to developing environmental sustainability!
From the award-winning founders of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT: A transformative reappraisal of the world of the extreme poor, their lives, desires, and frustrations
Why it takes more than microloans to empower women and promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth.Nearly one billion women have been completely excluded from the formal financial system. Without even a bank account in their own names, they lack the basic services that most of us take for granted—secure ways to save money, pay bills, and get credit. Exclusion from the formal financial system means they are economic outsiders, unable to benefit from, or contribute to, economic growth. Microfinance has been hailed as an economic lifeline for women in developing countries—but, as Mary Ellen Iskenderian shows in this book, it takes more than microloans to empower women and promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth.Iskenderian, who leads a nonprofit that works to give women access to the financial system, argues that the banking industry should view these one billion “unbanked” women not as charity cases but as a business opportunity: a lucrative new market of small business owners, heads of households, and purchasers of financial products and services. Iskenderian shows how financial inclusion can be transformative for the lives of women in developing countries, describing, among other things, the informal moneylenders and savings clubs that women have relied on, the need for both financial and digital literacy (and access) as mobile phones become a means of banking, and the importance of women’s property rights. She goes on to make the business case for financial inclusion, exploring the ways that financial institutions are adapting to help women build wealth, access capital, and manage risks. Banks can do the right thing—and make money while doing so—and all of us can benefit.