Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making, Second Edition / Edition 2 by Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield, Joan Butterfield | | 9781559634885 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making, Second Edition / Edition 2

Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield, Joan Butterfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 155963488X

ISBN-13: 9781559634885

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Island Press

<p>Increasingly sophisticated technology and an ever-expand-ing base of knowledge have not been enough to allow humans to halt the worldwide progression of environmental degradation. Extensive fieldwork in both Africa and the United States convinced Allan Savory that neither the forces of nature nor commonly blamed culprits-overpopulation, poor farming practices,

Overview

<p>Increasingly sophisticated technology and an ever-expand-ing base of knowledge have not been enough to allow humans to halt the worldwide progression of environmental degradation. Extensive fieldwork in both Africa and the United States convinced Allan Savory that neither the forces of nature nor commonly blamed culprits-overpopulation, poor farming practices, lack of financial support-were causing the decline of once-healthy ecosystems. He also noted that once land has become degraded, leaving it alone seldom helps revitalize it. Savory eventually came to realize that on the most fundamental level, environmental problems are caused by human management decisions, and only through wholesale changes in the way decisions are made can functioning ecosystems be restored. In response to that startling discovery, Savory began to develop a revolutionary new approach to decision-making and management. Known initially as Holistic Resource Management, and now as simply Holistic Management, it considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable. It includes a common-sense decision-making framework that requires no specialized knowledge or elaborate technology to utilize, and is applicable in any environment or management situation. At the heart of the approach lies a simple testing process that enables people to make decisions that simultaneously consider economic, social, and environmental realities, both short- and long-term.<p>Holistic Management is a newly revised and updated edition of Holistic Resource Management (Island Press, 1988), which was the first book-length treatment of Savory's decision-making framework and how it could be applied. A decade of trial-and-error implementation has strengthened and clarified the book's ideas, and has expanded the scope of the process to include all manner of decisions and management situations, not just those that relate to land and resource management.<p>Holistic Management has been practiced by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land through practices that mimic nature, and by many others who have sought a more rewarding personal or family life. This book is an essential handbook for anyone involved with land management and stewardship-ranchers, farmers, resource managers, and others-and a valuable guide for all those seeking to make better decisions within their organizations or in any aspect of their personal lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559634885
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
644
Sales rank:
552,346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Dedication,
Preface,
Acknowledgments,
Part I - Introduction,
1 - Changing the Way We Make Decisions,
Part II - Four Key Insights,
2 - The Power of Paradigms,
3 - The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts,
4 - Viewing Environments a Whole New Way,
5 - The Predator-Prey Connection,
6 - Timing Is Everything,
7 - A New Framework for Management and Decision Making,
Part III - The Power Lies in the Holistic Goal,
8 - Defining the Whole: What Are You Managing?,
9 - Forming a Holistic Goal: What Is It You Really Want?,
10 - Developing a Sense of Ownership: Are You Sure That's What You Really Want?,
Part IV - The Ecosystem That Sustains Us All,
11 - The Four Fundamental Processes That Drive Our Ecosystem,
12 - Water Cycle: The Circulation of Civilization's Life Blood,
13 - Community Dynamics: The Ever-Changing Patterns in the Development of Living Communities,
14 - Mineral Cycle: The Circulation of Life-Sustaining Nutrients,
15 - Energy Flow: The Flow of Fuel That Animates All Life,
Part V - The Tools We Use to Manage Our Ecosystem,
16 - From Stone Age Spears to Genetic Engineering,
17 - Money and Labor: One or Both of These Tools Is Always Required,
18 - Human Creativity: Key to Using All Tools Effectively,
19 - Fire: The Most Ancient Tool,
20 - Rest: The Most Misunderstood Tool,
21 - Grazing: The Most Abused Tool,
22 - Animal Impact: The Least Used Tool,
23 - Living Organisms: The Most Complex Tool,
24 - Technology: The Most Used Tool,
Part VI - Testing Your Decisions,
25 - Making Economically, Environmentally, and Socially Sound Decisions,
26 - Cause and Effect: Stop the Blows to Your Head Before You Take the Aspirin,
27 - Weak Link: The Strength of a Chain Is That of Its Weakest Link,
28 - Marginal Reaction: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck,
29 - Gross Profit Analysis: Bringing in the Most Money for the Least Additional Cost,
30 - Energy and Money: Using the Most Appropriate Forms in the Most Constructive Way,
31 - Sustainability: Generating Lasting Wealth,
32 - Society and Culture: Personal Values and Social Responsibility,
Part VII - Completing the Feedback Loop,
33 - Monitoring Your Plans and Keeping on Track,
Part VIII - Some Practical Guidelines for Management,
34 - Lessons Learned in Practice,
35 - Learning and Practice: Shifting Your Paradigms,
36 - Organization and Leadership: Creating an Environment That Nurtures Creativity,
37 - Marketing: Developing a Strategy in Line with Your Holistic Goal,
38 - Time: When to Expose and Reexpose Plants and Soils to Animals,
39 - Stock Density and Herd Effect: Using Animals to Shape the Landscape,
40 - Cropping: Practices That More Closely Mimic Nature,
41 - Burning: When and How to Burn, and What to Do Before and After,
42 - Population Management: Look to Age Structure Rather Than Numbers, Diversity Rather Than Single Species,
Part IX - Planning Procedures Unique to Holistic Management,
43 - Departing from the Conventional,
44 - Holistic Financial Planning: Creating the Financial Roadmap to Your Holistic Goal,
45 - Holistic Land Planning: Developing Infrastructure on Large Tracts of Land,
46 - Holistic Grazing Planning: Getting Animals to the Right Place, at the Right Time, and for the Right Reasons,
Part X - New Perspectives,
47 - Expanding the Uses of the Holistic Management Model,
48 - Diagnosing the Cause of Problems,
49 - Making Research Relevant,
50 - Creating Sound Policies,
Part XI - Conclusion,
51 - Changing Course: Creating the Future We Want,
Glossary,
References,
Notes,
Index,
About the Savory Institute,
Island Press Board of Directors,

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