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  1. 11.5 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Leaders have talked about the importance of corporate culture for decades, but the success of iconic companies like GE, Apple, and Google shows how culture is a strategic lever that can be utilized for driving growth, change, and innovation. In this new age of globalization, rapid technology shifts, and constant disruption, the 21st century marketplace is more volatile and uncertain than ever. To thrive, businesses need a new kind of emphasis around culture. Sara Roberts, former CEO and founder of Roberts Golden and a seasoned executive consultant to dozens of Fortune 500 companies and CEOs, sees how flourishing companies-from established market leaders to the surprising upstarts-share three distinct attributes: Nimble: They are much faster and more agile than ordinary organizations Focused: They use their sense of purpose as a lens to understand and meet the needs of customers and markets Feisty: They play big and act bold to capitalize on advantages and out-muscle the competition For successful companies in this new era, culture is not about playing defense but about going on offense. It's purposely designed, leveraged, and honed to deliver value and drive growth. In Nimble, Focused, Feisty, Roberts provides not only a look into what these organizations are doing differently but also a blueprint and framework so your company can create a cultural strategy to thrive in the new era.

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    Nimble, Focused, Feisty

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  2. 12.3 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    A major new exploration of the economics of animal exploitation and a roadmap for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures, from the renowned animal rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. In the mid-nineteenth century, New Bedford, Massachusetts was the whaling capital of the world. A half-gallon of sperm oil cost approximately $1,400 in today’s dollars, and whale populations were hunted to near extinction for profit. But with the advent of fossil fuels, the whaling industry collapsed, and today, the area around New Bedford is instead known as one of the best places in the world for whale watching. This transformation is emblematic of a new sort of economic revolution, one that has the power to transform the future of animal welfare. In The Humane Economy, Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of the Human Society of the United States, explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them. Though most of us have never harpooned a sea creature, clubbed a seal, or killed an animal for profit, we are all part of an interconnected web that has a tremendous impact on animal welfare, and the decisions we make—whether supporting local, nonindustrial farming; adopting a rescue dog or a shelter animal instead one from a puppy mill; avoiding products that compromise the habitat of wild species; or even seeing Cirque du Soleil instead of Ringling Brothers—do matter. The Humane Economy shows us how what we do everyday as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society, and why these decisions can make economic sense as well.

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    The Humane Economy by Wayne Pacelle

    The Humane Economy

    12.3 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 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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  4. 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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    Prosper!

    7.7 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.1 hrs • 8/1/2015 • Unabridged

    What do Brazil’s top beauty brand, America’s second-fastest-growing restaurant chain, and the world’s third-bestselling car have in common? They are shattering the myth that acting sustainably and building a billion-dollar business are mutually exclusive. Green Giants examines nine companies that are merging social responsibility with wild profitability—and reveals the six factors responsible for their success, including: iconoclastic leadership fueled by deep conviction and a rebellious streak; disruptive innovation that uses sustainability to spur the development of radically better products and services; a higher purpose that ignites the company—when the mission leads, profits follow; and mainstream appeal with positioning and packaging stripped of the crunchy clichés that alienate the average customer. This new breed of billion-dollar businesses proves it’s possible to achieve enormous success while implementing sustainable principles that help consumers live better lives. Ranging from start-ups to business lines incubated within major multinationals, these companies collectively represent over sixty billion dollars in revenue. What’s more—many command wider profit margins and are growing faster than their conventional counterparts. Packed with eye-opening research, exclusive interviews, and enlightening examples from Chipotle, Toyota, Unilever, Tesla, General Electric, and more, Green Giants serves as a blueprint for sustainable success that anyone can follow.

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    Green Giants by E. Freya Williams

    Green Giants

    7.1 hrs • 8/1/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.2 hrs • 3/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Enough of the imbalance that is causing the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves. Enough of the pendulum politics of left and right and paralysis in the political center. We require an unprecedented form of radical renewal. Henry Mintzberg offers a new understanding of the root of our current crisis and a strategy for restoring the balance so vital to the survival of our progeny and our planet. With the collapse of the communist regimes of Eastern Europe, Western pundits declared that capitalism had triumphed. They were wrong—balance triumphed. A healthy society balances a public sector of respected governments, a private sector of responsible businesses, and a plural sector of robust communities. Communism collapsed under the weight of its overbearing public sector. Now the “liberal democracies” are threatened—socially, politically, even economically—by the unchecked excesses of the private sector. Radical renewal will have to begin in the plural sector, which alone has the inclination and the independence to challenge unacceptable practices and develop better ones. Too many governments have been co-opted by the private sector. And corporate social responsibility can’t compensate for the corporate social irresponsibility we see around us. They won’t do it. We shall have to do it, each of us and all of us, not as passive human resources, but as resourceful human beings. Tom Paine wrote in 1776, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” He was right then. Can we be right again now? Can we afford not to be?

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    Rebalancing Society

    2.2 hrs • 3/1/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 12.9 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    At the close of the twentieth century, corporate capitalism extended its reach over the globe. While its defenders argue that globalization is the only way forward for modern, democratic societies, the spread of this system is failing to meet even the most basic needs of billions of individuals around the world. Moreover, the entrenchment of this free market system is undermining the foundations of healthy societies, caring communities, and personal well-being. Humanizing the Economy shows how cooperative models for economic and social development can create a more equitable, just, and humane future. With over eight hundred million members in eighty-five countries and a long history linking economic to social values, the co-operative movement is the most powerful grassroots movement in the world. Its future as an alternative to corporate capitalism is explored through a wide range of real-world examples including: Emilia Romagna’s co-operative economy of Northern ItalyArgentina’s recovered factory movementJapan’s consumer and health cooperatives Highlighting the hopes and struggles of everyday people seeking to make their world a better place, Humanizing the Economy is essential reading for anyone who cares about the reform of economics, globalization, and social justice.

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    Humanizing the Economy

    12.9 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 13.4 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Politicians, economists, and Wall Street would have us believe that limitless economic expansion is the holy grail, and that there is no conflict between growing the economy and protecting the environment. Supply Shock debunks these widely accepted myths and demonstrates that we are in fact navigating the end of the era of economic growth, and that the only sustainable alternative is the development of a steady state economy. Starting with a refreshingly accessible, comprehensive critique of economic growth, the author engages readers in an enormous topic that affects everyone in every country. Czech presents a compelling alternative to growth based on keen scientific, economic, and political insights including: The “trophic theory of money”The overlooked source of technological progress that prevents us from reconciling growth and environmental protectionBold yet practical policies for establishing a steady state economy Supply Shock leaves no doubt that the biggest idea of the twentieth century—economic growth—has become the biggest problem of the twenty-first. Required reading for anyone concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit, this landmark work lays a solid foundation for a new economic model, perhaps in time for preventing global catastrophes; certainly in time for lessening the damages.

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    Supply Shock

    13.4 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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    11.4 hrs • 11/3/2014 • Unabridged

    Coke’s insatiable thirst for resources shapes the company and reshapes the globe in this absorbing history. Coca-Cola’s success in building a global empire out of sugary water drew on more than a secret formula and brilliant advertising. The real secret to Coke’s success was its strategy, from the beginning, to offload production costs and risks onto suppliers and franchisees. Outsourcing and a trim corporate profile enabled Coke to scale up production of a low-price beverage and realize huge profits. But the costs shed by Coke have fallen on the public at large. Coke now uses an annual 79 billion gallons of water, an increasingly precious global resource, and its reliance on corn syrup has helped fuel our obesity crisis. Bartow J. Elmore explores Coke through its ingredients, showing how the company secured massive quantities of coca leaf, caffeine, sugar, and other inputs. Citizen Coke became a giant in a world of abundance; in a world of scarcity, it is a strain on resources and all who depend on them.

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    Citizen Coke by Bartow J. Elmore

    Citizen Coke

    11.4 hrs • 11/3/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.7 hrs • 6/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A new wave of investors is using impact investing to address some of the greatest challenges of our time—from climate change and water scarcity to lack of access to health care, education, and affordable housing—with the intention of also generating a financial return. This couldn’t happen at a more critical time. While philanthropy continues to be a transformative force for good, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with the development or aid budgets of many national governments, add up to mere billions of dollars. Meanwhile, the cost of solving the world’s problems runs into the trillions. In The Power of Impact Investing, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, two of the foremost experts in the field, explain what impact investing is, how it compares to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are evolving around the world, and how to get started. By sharing moving stories of impact investors and the exciting social enterprises benefiting from these investments, Rodin and Brandenburg offer a compelling resource for anyone interested in better understanding the power of impact investing—including retail investors, high-net-worth individuals, and heads of family offices, foundations, banks, and pension funds—while also offering experienced impact investors an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and benefit from the perspectives of other investors.

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    The Power of Impact Investing

    4.7 hrs • 6/1/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.7 hrs • 4/1/2014 • Unabridged

    There is an invisible army of people deep inside the world’s biggest and best-known companies, pushing for safer and more responsible practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana Plaza factory collapse, the next Deepwater Horizon explosion, the next Foxconn labor abuses. Obviously, they don't always succeed. Christine Bader was one of those people. She loved BP and then-CEO John Browne’s lofty rhetoric on climate change and human rights—until a string of fatal BP accidents, Browne’s abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward’s tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Bader’s story of working deep inside the belly of the beast is unique in its details, but not in its themes: of feeling like an outsider both inside the company (accused of being a closet activist) and out (assumed to be a corporate shill); of getting mixed messages from senior management; of being frustrated with corporate life but committed to pushing for change from within. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader’s experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business. Using her story as its skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other “Corporate Idealists” working inside some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies.

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    The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist

    Prologue and epilogue read by Christine Bader
    6.7 hrs • 4/1/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 10.2 hrs • 6/27/2013 • Unabridged

    Our rapidly industrializing world has an insatiable hunger for energy and conventional sources are struggling to meet demand. Oil is running out, coal is damaging our climate, many nations are abandoning nuclear; yet solar, wind, and water will never be a complete replacement. The solution, says Daniel Clery in this deeply researched and revelatory audiobook, is to be found in the original energy source: the Sun itself. There, at its center, the fusion of 620 million tons of hydrogen every second generates an unfathomable amount of energy. By replicating even a tiny piece of the Sun’s power on Earth, we can secure all the heat and energy we would ever need. Nuclear fusion scientists have pursued this simple yet extraordinary ambition for decades. Skeptics say it will never work but, as A Piece of the Sun makes clear, large-scale nuclear fusion is scientifically possible and has many advantages over other options. Fusion is clean, green and virtually limitless, and Clery argues passionately and eloquently that the only thing keeping us from proving its worth is our politicians’ shortsightedness. The world energy industry is worth trillions of dollars, divert just a tiny fraction of that into researching fusion and we would soon know if it is workable. Timely and authoritative, A Piece of the Sun is a rousing call-to-arms to seize this chance of avoiding the looming energy crisis.

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    A Piece of the Sun

    10.2 hrs • 6/27/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.8 hrs • 5/28/2013 • Unabridged

    Charles R. Morris’ The Trillion Dollar Meltdown was the first book to warn of the impending financial crash in all its horrific scale and speed. Now, with Comeback, Morris reveals that the United States is on the brink of a strong recovery that could last for twenty years or more. The great economic boom times in American history have come because of fortuitous discoveries. Natural resources (coal first, then oil) fueled vast economic and industrial expansions, which in turn helped create and supply new markets. The last genuine economic game changer was the technology boom of the 1990s, which gave the US a global competitive advantage based on electronics and silicon. One of the first writers and analysts in the US to predict that the tech boom would lead to a period of sustained economic growth was Charles Morris. In defiance of the recessionary times, he saw the coming boom. Now, in 2013, he sees the threshold of another. This time the gift is natural gas. The amount and distribution of gas in American shale is so vast that it has the potential to transform the manufacturing economy, creating jobs across the country, and requiring a new infrastructure that will benefit the nation as a whole. Because of fracking, jobs that once would have been outsourced abroad will return home, America can become a net exporter of energy, and cheap energy will provide the opportunity for innovation and competition. In light of this new opportunity, and other complementary developments Morris explores in this audiobook, the US ought to be approaching the future with a robust self-confidence it has not experienced for some time. But we also could fumble it away. The gold-rush style of shale boom companies does not make them good neighbors. A counter-reaction could put their industry, and the new era of national prosperity, at risk. We also have a political system that has the capacity to spoil the benefits of this huge boon. If the wealth locked in the continental shelf is not shared for the general economic good, but is instead exploited in short-term profiteering, then many of the opportunities that exist will be choked off by a few very rich corporations. Managing the vast store of cheap energy is going to become a defining political challenge in the years ahead. At the threshold of a thrilling opportunity, Morris is a brilliantly perceptive guide.

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    Comeback

    4.8 hrs • 5/28/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 3.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    The only resource with specific, hands-on guidance for greening your business Want to take advantage of profit-enhancing opportunities while minimizing negative environmental and social impact? This practical guide shows you how to implement green business practices and gain competitive advantage through reduced costs, product and process innovation, increased productivity, and more. You’ll cultivate an eco-minded workforce and manage environmental opportunities and threats at every level of your organization. Develop your sustainability plan, establish your goals, choose key performance indicators, and share your plan with stakeholders Embark on your green journey, get started by altering daily office practices, re-evaluating products and processes, and adapting your physical facilities Get internal and external stakeholders involved, stimulate buy-in from employees, develop community relationships, and collaborate with nonprofits Assess and measure your progress, identify greening standards to meet, accumulate data, and design and distribute a sustainability report to inform stakeholders of your progress Learn by example, discover how numerous green corporate visionaries met their sustainable business goals Reap the benefits of going green, improve employee morale, increase stakeholder engagement, stand out in the marketplace, and reduce your eco-footprint Listen to the book and find: Explanations about why sustainability is a profitable business model Common frameworks that guide most sustainability efforts Ways to create an eco-conscious work environment Guidance on working with regulatory pressures and policymakers Ways to link community support with your corporate message Success stories of green businesses, small and large Checklists, frameworks, and action items to transform your organization

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  15. 4.5 hrs • 3/5/2012 • Unabridged

    Taking a long, hard look at Buffett’s investment choices, business and investing guru Adam Brownlee identifies the common principles that link the many companies that populate Berkshire Hathaway’s impressive portfolio. Highlighting the essentials that make these businesses great—from their strong earnings track records to their ability to successfully raise prices to match inflation—the audiobook presents a road map for transforming your business using the same simple values that define these economic powerhouses. Humorous and accessible, Building a Small Business That Warren Buffett Would Love looks at some of the world’s most successful businesses—Coke, Hershey’s, McDonald’s, and many others—to demonstrate the sound logic and plain-to-see success of Buffett’s way of doing business. Packed with essential information for start-ups and existing small businesses looking to take things to the next level, the audiobook includes everything budding entrepreneurs need to know to build fundamentally sound small businesses that will not only survive but thrive in today’s uncertain economic climate. Warren Buffett redefined successful investing when he figured out exactly what makes a successful business tick and then put his money into those businesses—and only those businesses. It worked for him, and it can work for you. With this audiobook, you’ve taken the first step towards creating the kind of small business that not just Buffett, but any intelligent investor, will love.

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  16. 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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