Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society

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Cascading Environmental Crises. Global recession. Climate change. Against this bleak backdrop, beacons of hope shine from thousands of large and small initiatives taking place everywhere from isolated villages to major urban centers.

Thriving Beyond Sustainability draws a collective map of individuals, organizations and communities from around the world that are committed to building an alternative future. The projects and initiatives profiled ...

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Overview

Cascading Environmental Crises. Global recession. Climate change. Against this bleak backdrop, beacons of hope shine from thousands of large and small initiatives taking place everywhere from isolated villages to major urban centers.

Thriving Beyond Sustainability draws a collective map of individuals, organizations and communities from around the world that are committed to building an alternative future. The projects and initiatives profiled are meeting the challenges of the day with optimism, hope and results, leading the way in:

relocalization

green commerce

ecological design

environmental conservation

social transformation

Overflowing with inspiration, the stories and ideas in these pages will cause the most chronic pessimist to see the glass as half-full —to move beyond a perception of surviving with scarcity to one of flourishing with abundance.

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An inventory of grounded hope, practical inspiration, and achievable visions; exactly the kind of thinking, work, and doing that will bring civilization to safe harbor. - David W. Orr, author of Down to the Wire

Andres Edwards is a walking database of information on efforts to create sustainable societies, and his enthusiasm for the promise of sustainability is infectious. - Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

Thoroughly researched, deeply contemplated, and yet eminently practical. I warmly recommend it to anyone concerned about the future of human civilization. - Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections

This is a beautifully written and eloquent plea for us to wake up to our potential and begin to exercise our natural talent for survival. An extensive resource list at the end provides a wealth of references for further research. This volume is written in a spirit of hope and promise that, if we are willing to follow a fairly simple and direct path, we indeed have hope for a viable future. - Journal of Sustainability Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716414
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 963,593
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrés R. Edwards is an educator, author, media designer and environmental systems consultant who has specialized in sustainability topics for the past 15 years. The founder and president of EduTracks, an exhibit design and fabrication firm specializing in green building and sustainable education programs for parks, towns and companies, he lives in Northern California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Bill McKibben xi

Introduction: Drawing a Collective Map of Earth Island 1

Chapter 1 Lessons from Our Ancestors 7

Cultural Indicators

Tibetan Nomads

Balinese Water Temples

Inuit Traditional Knowledge

The Kogi: Guardians of the Planet

The Value of Traditional Knowledge

The Extinction of Languages

Building Community

Taking Action

Chapter 2 Going “Glocal” 25

Transition Initiatives

Sustainability Street

Salmon Nation

Regional Climate Plans

National Initiatives: Sweden and New Zealand

International Environmental Plans

Glocalization Reframed

Taking Action

Chapter 3 Greening Commerce 47

The New Bottom Lines

The Drivers

Implementing Nature's Strategies

The Trilogy

Growth, Consumption and Pollution

Creating New Alliances

Mission-Based Enterprises

A New Role for Civil Society

Blue Chip Companies Turn Green

Tax Shifting

Providing Tools and Metrics

Building New Business Models

Taking Action

Chapter 4 Regenerative Design 73

New Design Approaches and Objectives

Design Tools and Frameworks

Building Green Homes, Towns and Cities

BedZED

Greensburg

Växjö

Integrating Design and Living Systems

Taking Action

Chapter 5 Saving Ecosystems 91

Continental Conservation

Species Protection

Protecting the Land

Conservation Philanthropy

What is Nature Worth?

Conservation Finance

Markets and Nature

Taking Action

Chapter 6 Navigating the Confluence 107

Ecosystem Decline

Energy Transition

Population Growth

Economic Disparity

Climate Change

A Confluence of Possibilities

Taking Action

Chapter 7 Catalysts for Change 123

Greening Campuses

The Food Revolution

The Green Economy

Mainstreaming Green

Open Source

Initiatives, Confluence, Scope and Approach

Tipping Point Factors

Taking Action

Chapter 8 A Thriveable Future 149

The SPIRALS Framework

Scalable

Place-making

Intergenerational

Resilient

Accessible Life-affirming

Self care

Moving Toward Thriveability

Taking Action

Resources 167

Notes 199

Index 218

About the Author 227

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