Building a Win-Win World: Life Beyond Global Economic Warfare

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World-renowned futurist Hazel Henderson extends her twenty-five years of work in economics to examine the havoc the current economic system is creating at the global level. Markets are now spreading worldwide - a spread which is often equated with the hope of democracy spreading along with it. But markets still run on old textbook models that ignore social and environmental costs - leading to a new kind of warfare: global economic warfare. Building a Win-Win World demonstrates how the global economy is unsustainable because of its negative effects on employees, families, communities, and the ecosystem. Henderson shows how win-win strategies can become the norm at every level when people see the true current and future costs of short-sighted, narrow economic policies.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In place of what she calls today's global economic warfare, based on cutthroat capitalism, expansionist nationalism, planned obsolescence and overconsumption, economist and futurist Henderson envisages a world focused on sustainable development through decentralized enterprise, energy efficiency, recycling, environmental cleanup and cooperative ventures in managing the planet's resources. She shows that grassroots citizen movements-Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Women's World Banking, consumer co-ops, barter networks, indigenous people's organizations, etc.-are emerging as a new force in world affairs and challenging nation-states and corporate hegemony. Henderson, a syndicated columnist, argues that the United Nations should be restructured to play a key role as global networker and broker of economic partnerships with grassroots groups. Furthermore, she urges, UN member-states in arrears should have their voting rights suspended. She also proposes policies to counter growing worldwide joblessness and suggests replacing Gross National Product with new indicators that measure literacy rates, poverty gap, energy use and quality of life. A thoughtful handbook for planetary citizens and policy-makers, 15,000 first printing; $40,000 ad/promo. (June)
Henderson argues that the global economy is unsustainable because of its unacceptably negative long-term effects on employees, families, communities, and the ecosystem and outlines a more sustainable approach to economics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576750278
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC ( and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives, Elsevier Scientific, UK 1995 (US edition, 1996).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Global Economic Warfare versus Sustainable Human Development: Flash Points, Trends, and Transitions 11
2 Juggernaut Globalism and the Bankruptcy of Economics 49
3 The Technology Trap 74
4 The Jobless Productivity Trap 95
5 Government by Mediocracy and the Attention Economy 112
6 Grassroots Globalism 131
7 Rethinking Human Development and the Time of Our Lives 149
8 Cultural DNA Codes and Biodiversity: The Real Wealth of Nations 168
9 Information: The World's Real Currency Isn't Scarce 196
10 Redefining Wealth and Progress: The New Indicators 219
11 Perfecting Democracy's Tools 247
12 New Markets and New Commons: The Cooperative Advantage 269
13 Agreeing on Rules and Social Innovations for Our Common Future 293
Notes 331
Glossary of Acronyms 352
Bibliography 355
Index 366
About the Author 397
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