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  1. 4.4 hrs • 11/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The word “sustainability” has been connected to everything from a certain kind of economic development to corporate promises about improved supply sourcing. But despite the apparent ubiquity of the term, the concept of sustainability has come to mean a number of specific things. In this accessible guide to the meanings of sustainability, Kent Portney describes the evolution of the idea and examines its application in a variety of contemporary contexts—from economic growth and consumption to government policy and urban planning. Portney takes as his starting point the 1987 definition of sustainability by the World Commission on Environment and Development as economic development activity that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” At its heart, Portney explains, sustainability focuses on the use and depletion of natural resources. It is not the same as environmental protection or natural resource conservation; it is more about finding some sort of steady state so that the earth can support both human population and economic growth. Topics covered by Portney include:Political opposition to the promotion of sustainability, which usually questions the need for sustainability or calls its costs unacceptable;Collective and individual consumption of material goods and resources and to what extent they must be curtailed to achieve sustainability;The role of the private sector and the co-opting of sustainability by corporations;Government policy on sustainability at the international, national, and subnational levels; andHow cities could become models for sustainability action.

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    Sustainability by Kent E. Portnoy, Kent E. Portney
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  2. 7.7 hrs • 10/27/2015 • Unabridged

    The next twenty years will be completely different from the past. Current global trends are bleak: weak economic growth, too much debt, declining incomes for the lower 99%, a dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, and ecological destruction—just to name a few. Many of us understandably feel resigned to an eroding standard of living in the years to come. But what if we told you that there are specific attainable steps you can take today that can limit your vulnerability to these trends and help you become richer, healthier, happier, live with greater purpose, more value, and stay safe from harm. That’s exactly what Prosperity! offers: a blueprint for taking control of and improving your destiny. It outlines practical, actionable investments of your time and resources that will ensure you enjoy greater prosperity in your life, whatever the future may bring.In Prosperity!, Martenson and Taggart will explain:the trends most likely to shape your life over the next twenty years;why developing resilience offers your best chance for thriving, even though society may suffer from the changes these trends may bring;how to build true wealth;what specific actions to take now to secure a prosperous future, no matter what the future holds;how everybody can benefit from this guidance, regardless of age, income or ability;and how we can best serve the next generation by the actions we take today. Prosperity! is the highly anticipated follow-up to Martenson’s acclaimed book The Crash Course.

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    7.7 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.2 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A guide for protecting your wealth in an age of turbulent business cycles In Prosperity in the Age of Decline, Brian and Alan Beaulieu—the CEO and the president of the Institute for Trend Research (ITR)—offer an informed, meticulously researched look at the future and the coming Great Depression. Drawing on ITR’s 94 percent forecast accuracy rate, the book outlines specific, actionable strategies for capitalizing on cyclical opportunities and dodging economic danger. In this important resource, the authors reveal what it will take for individual investors and business leaders to prosper as the economy heats up prior to the next predicted downturn, preserve wealth in the upcoming Great Depression, and profit on the way out of the depression. The imbalances and maladjustments have a while to play out, and the authors pinpoint the investment opportunities to be had in the countdown period. The Beaulieus examine the major economic trends at play, such as low interest rates, burgeoning government debt, and an aging population. They discuss which trends will last and what investors should do with this knowledge in order to thrive. The book also reviews the group of leading economic indicators that most consistently achieve reliable results for predicting where the economy is headed. Designed as a useful tool for investors, the book includes a working list of key trends, describes the upside potential of each, and explains the potential threat stemming from that particular trend. Understanding how to capitalize on these trends and knowing how to avoid the common pitfalls are the keys to creating a solid economic future for individual investors and business leaders. This guide includes strategies for capitalizing on cyclical opportunities and avoiding economic dangers,an examination of major economic trends, andinformation on the leading economic indicators that most reliably achieve results. This comprehensive resource shows how to preserve wealth and avoid the most common investing pitfalls, offering guidelines for averting cyclical downturns and building on rising industry trends.

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    Prosperity in the Age of Decline by Brian Beaulieu, Alan Beaulieu
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  4. 7.0 hrs • 7/21/2015 • Unabridged

    What is the XYZ factor? The XYZ Factor isn’t a place or a company or an age. It’s a new kind of culture where innovation, accessibility, and transparency are the norm. It’s an environment created on the principles of the millennial generation to foster intergenerational productivity in a new kind of office culture. An XYZ organization’s employees are challenged, engaged, and excited to produce. Simply put, XYZ companies have an “it” factor that helps them rise above the competition. Any company can become an XYZ company. This audiobook is your blueprint. Each chapter is written by a DoSomething.org staff member. Their firsthand experience with DoSomething.org, an organization that helps young people make the world suck less, gives them exceptional insights into working magic in the corporate world. And with over 3 million members and more than 200 active campaigns, such as collecting clothes for teenagers in homeless shelters, helping older adults learn to use technology, and creating anti-bullying comics, DoSomething.org is a standout organization—not only for its message, but for the way it operates. When you listen to The XYZ Factor, you’re getting the recipe for the awesome sauce that has driven the success of the world’s largest organizations for young people and social change. This guidebook is your key to answering the questions your company has looming over its cubicles, such as: • How do I create an office environment that fosters collaboration and creativity?• How do I form the right partnerships that appeal to our brand and our audience?• How do I authentically reach the millennial generation? If you want to take your business or organization from okay to amazing, you need The XYZ Factor.

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    The XYZ Factor

    7.0 hrs • 7/21/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.5 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Few organizations have been as influential as The Natural Step in empowering and inspiring people to design a more sustainable world. In The Natural Step Story, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt describes first hand the evolution of the Natural Step framework comprised of four system conditions essential for the maintenance of life on Earth, together with a robust methodology for how to apply them strategically.

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    The Natural Step Story

    10.5 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.6 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    In his bestselling book QBQ! The Question behind the Question, John G. Miller revealed how personal accountability helps to create opportunity, overcome obstacles, and achieve goals by eliminating blame, complaining, and procrastination. The result? Stronger organizations, more dynamic teams, and healthier relationships. Now Miller takes listeners to the next level by showing how they can use the power of the QBQ and personal accountability every day. When a light switch is flipped, the flow of energy that is released reaches the light bulb in an instant, bringing it to life. Similarly, asking the right kind of question—a QBQ—is the first step to empowering what Miller calls the Advantage Principles—five essential practices that will lead to a richer experience in every aspect of life:Learning: live an engaged and energized life through positive personal growth and changeOwnership: attain goals by becoming a solution-oriented person who solves problemsCreativity: find new ways to achieve by succeeding “within the box”Service: build a legacy by helping others succeedTrust: develop deep and rewarding relationships With compelling real-life stories and keen insights, Miller demonstrates how anyone can find success and satisfaction by “flipping the switch.”

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    Flipping the Switch

    1.6 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.5 hrs • 10/7/2013 • Unabridged

    Looking back to the ancient knowledge of the Indian scripture, the Upanishads, Ram Nidumolu finds the core philosophy of sustainable leadership that’s needed today. In this remarkable book, he uses a powerful parable from these scriptures to create a business vision that our world desperately needs. “There are two birds, two sweet friends, who dwell in the selfsame tree,” says the Upanishads. The first bird, dwelling on the lower part of the tree, lives “in sorrow and anxiety.” Unable to see beyond the branches, it hops around compulsively indulging its appetites, eating every fruit, sweet and sour. The other bird, higher up, can see the whole tree and the wider world—this perspective puts it in touch with its innate sense of being, the quality of existence that it shares in common with all other living beings and the natural world. Content, it “looks on in compassionate silence” at the other bird. Ram Nidumolu’s beautiful book on business leadership uses this allegory to highlight why many businesses are distrusted by the public and contribute to social ills like environmental destruction, wealth inequality, and climate change: they mimic the bird on the lower branch. But can business, compassion, and stewardship really coexist? Ram’s surprising insight is to hearken back to ancient wisdom traditions to reclaim their lessons for acting in accordance with our connection to Being. Two Birds in a Tree uses evocative parables and stories from the Upanishads to introduce Being-centered leadership. Being-centered leaders are guided by an innate sense of interconnection—the good of the whole becomes an integral part of their decisions and actions. Using the experiences of over twenty trailblazing CEOs, as well as those from his own life, Nidumolu describes a four-stage road map every aspiring leader can use to reconnect business to the wider world—to the benefit of all. It is time, he writes, to “look up from our rickety perch on the lower branch of a storm-tossed tree and begin the journey to the higher branch.”

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    Two Birds in a Tree by Ram Nidumolu

    Two Birds in a Tree

    Foreword by Chip Conley
    6.5 hrs • 10/7/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.8 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    A powerful portrayal of Jeffrey Sachs’ ambitious quest to end global poverty “The poor you will always have with you,” to cite the Gospel of Matthew 26:11. Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty—disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved. With single-minded determination he has attempted to put into practice his theories about ending extreme poverty, to prove that the world’s most destitute people can be lifted onto “the ladder of development.” In 2006, Sachs launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring five-year experiment designed to test his theories in Africa. The first Millennium village was in Sauri, a remote cluster of farming communities in western Kenya. The initial results were encouraging. With his first taste of success, and backed by one 120-million dollars from George Soros and other like-minded donors, Sachs rolled out a dozen model villages in ten sub-Saharan countries. Once his approach was validated it would be scaled up across the entire continent. At least that was the idea. For the past six years, Nina Munk has reported deeply on the Millennium Villages Project, accompanying Sachs on his official trips to Africa and listening in on conversations with heads-of-state, humanitarian organizations, rival economists, and development experts. She has immersed herself in the lives of people in two Millennium villages: Ruhiira, in southwest Uganda, and Dertu, in the arid borderland between Kenya and Somalia. Accepting the hospitality of camel herders and small-hold farmers, and witnessing their struggle to survive, Munk came to understand the real-life issues that challenge Sachs’s formula for ending global poverty. The Idealist is the profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the reality of human life.

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    The Idealist

    7.8 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.4 hrs • 6/25/2013 • Unabridged

    Brick by Brick takes you inside the LEGO you’ve never seen. By following the teams that are inventing some of the world’s best-loved toys, it spotlights the company’s disciplined approach to harnessing creativity and recounts one of the most remarkable business transformations in recent memory. When the company’s leaders implemented some of the business world’s most widely espoused prescriptions for boosting innovation, they ironically pushed the iconic toymaker to the brink of bankruptcy. The company’s near-collapse shows that what works in theory can fail spectacularly in the brutally competitive global economy. It took a new LEGO management team—faced with the growing rage for electronic toys, few barriers to entry, and ultra-demanding consumers (ten-year old boys)—to reinvent the innovation rule book and transform LEGO into one of the world’s most profitable, fastest-growing companies. Along the way, Brick by Brick reveals how LEGO: • Became truly customer-driven by co-creating with kids as well as its passionate adult fans; • Looked beyond products and learned to leverage a full-spectrum approach to innovation; • Opened its innovation process by using both the “wisdom of crowds” and the expertise of elite cliques; • Discovered uncontested, “blue ocean” markets, even as it thrived in brutally competitive red oceans; and • Gave its world-class design teams enough space to create and direction to deliver built a culture where profitable innovation flourishes Whether you’re a senior executive looking to make your company grow, an entrepreneur building a startup from scratch, or a fan who wants to instill some of that LEGO magic in your career, you’ll learn how to build your own innovation advantage—brick by brick.

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    Brick by Brick

    10.4 hrs • 6/25/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 10.4 hrs • 6/1/2012 • Unabridged

    The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the overexploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously about the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. He contends that the environmental movement is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at large-scale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotes top-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and rife with unintended consequences. Scruton calls for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hypervigilance, suggesting that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.

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    How to Think Seriously about the Planet by Roger Scruton

    How to Think Seriously about the Planet

    10.4 hrs • 6/1/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 11.9 hrs • 12/30/2011 • Unabridged

    Author Richard Heinberg illustrates that the expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization can no longer continue and proposes a reevaluation of our economic priorities as we move toward sustainability. Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits. Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors: resource depletion,environmental impacts, andcrushing levels of debt. These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce. The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within the earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

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    The End of Growth

    11.9 hrs • 12/30/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 11.0 hrs • 12/19/2011 • Unabridged

    From author Paul Gilding comes an unflinching look at the challenges we face as a global climate crisis approaches—and the unique opportunities this crisis presents for moving toward an ethic of sustainability. It’s time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. We need instead to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable. This Great Disruption started in 2008 with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological changes, such as the melting ice caps. It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints. We have come to the end of economic growth, version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet’s ecosystems and sources. The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces—yet also a deeply optimistic message. The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability. Gilding tells us how to fight—and fight in—what he calls the One Degree War to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today. The crisis represents a rare chance to replace our addiction to growth with an ethic of sustainability, and it’s already happening. It’s also an unmatched business opportunity: old industries will collapse while new companies will literally reshape our economy. In the aftermath of the Great Disruption, we will measure “growth” in a new way. It will mean not quantity of stuff but quality and happiness of life. Yes, there is life after shopping.

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    The Great Disruption

    11.0 hrs • 12/19/11 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.7 hrs • 11/28/2011 • Unabridged

    Authors Vivek Ranadivé and Kevin Maney explore the world of human mastery and show how the ability to anticipate events before they occur can revolutionize business and offer a competitive edge in the marketplace. What made Wayne Gretzky the greatest hockey player of all time wasn’t his speed on the ice or the uncanny accuracy of his shots but rather his ability to predict where the puck was going to be an instant before it arrived. In other words, it was Gretzky’s brain that made him exceptional. Over the past fifteen years, scientists have found that what distinguishes the greatest musicians, athletes, and performers from the rest of us isn’t just their motor skills or athletic abilities—it is the ability to anticipate events before they happen. A great musician knows how notes will sound before they’re played, a great CEO can predict how a business decision will turn out before it’s made, a great chef knows what a recipe will taste like before it’s prepared. In a powerful narrative that takes us from the research in the labs to the implementation of predictive technology inside companies, Ranadivé and Maney reveal how our understanding of human mastery is being applied to the way computers “think.” In the near future, the authors argue, the most advanced computer systems and most successful businesses will anticipate the future much like Wayne Gretzky’s brain does. As a result, companies will be able to use a new generation of technology to anticipate customer needs before customers even know what they want, and see production snafus before they occur, traffic jams before they materialize, and operational problems before they arise. Forward-thinking companies will be able to predict the future just a fraction ahead of everyone else with a little bit of the right information at the right time—what the authors call the two-second advantage—and it will transform the way businesses are run and offer companies an enormous competitive edge in the marketplace. In the bestselling tradition of Blink, Sway, and How We Decide, The Two-Second Advantage will change our understanding of what makes a company successful.

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    The Two-Second Advantage

    6.7 hrs • 11/28/11 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.4 hrs • 8/30/2011 • Unabridged

    A social media expert with global experience with many of the world’s biggest brands—including Nike, Toyota, and Motorola—Simon Mainwaring offers a visionary new practice in which brands leverage social media to earn consumer goodwill, loyalty, and profit, while creating a third pillar of sustainable social change through conscious contributions from customer purchases. These innovative private sector partnerships answer perhaps the most pressing issue facing business and thought leaders today: how to practice capitalism in a way that satisfies the need for both profit and a healthy, sustainable planet. Mainwaring provides case studies from companies such as P&G, Walmart, Starbucks, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Nike, Whole Foods, Patagonia, and Nestlé, as well as a bold plan for how corporations need to rethink their strategies.

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    We First

    10.4 hrs • 8/30/11 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.2 hrs • 5/13/2010 • Unabridged

    In Plenitude, economist and bestselling author Juliet B. Schor offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live. Humans are degrading the planet far faster than they are regenerating it. As we travel along this shutdown path, food, energy, transport, and consumer goods are becoming increasingly expensive. The economic downturn that has accompanied the ecological crisis has led to another type of scarcity: incomes, jobs, and credit are also in short supply. Our usual way back to growth—a debt-financed consumer boom—is no longer an option our households—or planet—can afford. Responding to our current moment, Plenitude puts sustainability at its core, but it is not a paradigm of sacrifice. Instead, it’s an argument that, through a major shift to new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different ways of living, individuals and the country as a whole can actually be better off and more economically secure. And, as Schor observes, Plenitude is already emerging. In pockets around the country and the world, people are busy creating lifestyles that offer a way out of the work-and-spend cycle. These pioneers’ lives are scarce in conventional consumer goods and rich in the newly abundant resources of time, information, creativity, and community. Urban farmers, do-it-yourself renovators, Craigslist users—all are spreading their risk and establishing novel sources of income and outlets for procuring consumer goods. Taken together, these trends represent a movement away from the conventional market and offer a way toward an efficient, rewarding life in an era of high prices and traditional resource scarcity. Based on recent developments in economic theory, social analysis, and ecological design, as well as evidence from the cutting-edge people and places putting these ideas into practice, Plenitude is a road map for the next two decades. In encouraging us to value our gifts—nature, community, intelligence, and time—Schor offers the opportunity to participate in creating a world of wealth and well-being.

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    Plenitude

    7.2 hrs • 5/13/10 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.7 hrs • 6/10/2008 • Unabridged

    Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. Where buildings need less and less energy around the world, and where “regenerative” commercial buildings – ones that create more energy than they use – are being designed. A world in which environmentally sound products and processes would be more cost-effective than wasteful ones. A world in which corporations such as Costco, Nike, BP, and countless others are forming partnerships with environmental and social justice organizations to ensure better stewardship of the earth and better livelihoods in the developing world. Now, stop imagining – that world is already emerging.A revolution is underway in today’s organizations. As Peter Senge and his co-authors reveal in The Necessary Revolution, companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. There is a long way to go, but the era of denial has ended. Today’s most innovative leaders are recognizing that for the sake of our companies and our world, we must implement revolutionary—not just incremental—changes in the way we live and work. Brimming with inspiring stories from individuals and organizations tackling social and environmental problems around the globe, THE NECESSARY REVOLUTION reveals how ordinary people at every level are transforming their businesses and communities. By working collaboratively across boundaries, they are exploring and putting into place unprecedented solutions that move beyond just being “less bad” to creating pathways that will enable us to flourish in an increasingly interdependent world. Among the stories in these pages are the evolution of Sweden’s “Green Zone,” Alcoa’s water use reduction goals, GE’s ecoimagination initiative, and Seventh Generation’s decision to shift some of their advertising to youth-led social change programs. At its heart, THE NECESSARY REVOLUTION contains a wealth of strategies that individuals and organizations can use — specific tools and ways of thinking — to help us build the confidence and competence to respond effectively to the greatest challenge of our time. It is an essential guidebook for all of us who recognize the need to act and work together—now—to create a sustainable world, both for ourselves and for the generations to follow.

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    The Necessary Revolution

    13.7 hrs • 6/10/08 • Unabridged
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