In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.
Speth identifies a dozen features of the American political economy–the country’s basic operating system–where transformative change is essential, and he explains how system change can come to America.
As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Marjorie Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.
This comprehensive book guides one to substantially rethink aspects of the economic life. It opens doors for new perspectives, describes pitfalls and successes and gives practical small steps one can take in order to effect change and improve the human condition.
The future can exist only if humans understand how to commune with the natural world rather than exploit it, explains Thomas Berry. "Already the planet is so damaged and the future is so challenged by its rising human population that the terms of survival will be severe beyond anything we have known in the past."
Discover how the global financial plague is poised to return, and what can be done to stop it.
This is not your father's financial system. Jimmy Stewart, the trustworthy, honest banker in the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, is dead. And so is his small-town bank, Bailey Savings & Loan. Instead, we're watching It's a Horrible Mess with Wall Street (aka the Vegas Strip) playing ever larger craps with our economy and our tax dollars.
"One Report" refers to an emerging trend in business taking place throughout the world where companies are going beyond separate reports for financial and non-financial results and integrating both into a single integrated report. At the same time, they are also leveraging the internet to provide more detailed results to all of their stakeholders and for improving their level of dialogue and engagement with them. Providing best practice examples from companies around the world, One Report shows how integrated reporting adds tremendous value to the company and all of its stakeholders, including shareholders, and also ultimately contributes to a sustainable society.
Drawing on a lifetime of study and experience, Boulding develops a general theory of human social evolution by examining the patterns humans use to understand the universe and changes in these patterns over time. The most important of these patterns are those that deal with "know-how" and the transmission of "know-how" between generations via biogenetic processes and cultural processes which produce organizations and physical artifacts. Boulding contends that human social evolution can be understood as the evolution of human artifacts.