Ordinary citizens the world over have long paid the price for the swashbuckling behavior of the corporate and political elite. We've seen the reigning establishment widen the gap between rich and poor, champion endless growth on a finite planet, wreak havoc on developing nations, and ravage ecosystems in a mad race for natural resources.
Now, as demonstrators worldwide demand change, Occupy World Street offers a sweeping vision of how to reform our global economic and political structures, break away from empire, and build a world of self-determining sovereign states that respect the need for ecological sustainability and uphold human rights.
In this refreshingly detailed plan, Ross Jackson shows how a handful of small nations could take on a leadership role; create new alliances, new governance, and new global institutions; and, in cooperation with grassroots activists, pave the way for other nations to follow suit.
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About the Author
Ross Jackson, an expert in international finance and operations research, has long been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based foundation that supports the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education, as well as hundreds of sustainability projects in forty countries. He is also director and owner of Urtekram, Scandinavia's largest wholesale organic-food company, and former chairman of Gaiacorp, foreign-exchange consultants and hedge fund managers. Jackson is the coeditor of When No Means Yes: Danish Visions of a Different Europe and Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits and author of And We ARE Doing It: Building an Ecovillage Future, among other books. He lives in Denmark.
Hazel Henderson, Ph.D., is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Beyond Globalization and seven other books. As founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC she has created and co-produced its TV series "Ethical Markets". A fellow of the World Business Academy, she serves on several boards and shared the Global Citizen Award with Nobel Laureate A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including (in the US) Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Challenge; Mainichi (Japan); El Diario (Venezuela); World Economic Herald (China); LeMonde Diplomatique (France); and Australian Financial Review. Her books are translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese.
Table of Contents
About the Author viii
Foreword Hazel Henderson ix
Part 1 Planet Under Siege
1 The Assault on Nature 3
2 Energy Descent 17
3 The Collapse of Civilizations 33
Part 2 Drivers of Destruction
4 The Evolution of Economic Beliefs 49
5 The Neoliberal Project 76
6 Financial Crises 103
Part 3 The Empire
7 The Kennan Doctrine 125
8 Who Is in Charge? 145
Part 4 New Values, New Beliefs
9 The Emergent Worldview 163
10 Learning from Nature 184
11 Gaian Economics 193
Part 5 Toward a Gaian World Order
12 Designing a Gaian World 205
13 The Gaian Trade Organization 210
14 The Gaian Clearing Union 224
15 The Gaian Development Bank 242
16 A Gaian World 259
Part 6 Getting There
17 The Breakaway Strategy 275