Ancient Futures

Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World
Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781578051625
Category: Social Science
Page: 226
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A gripping portrait of the western Himalayan land sometimes known as “Little Tibet,” Ancient Futures opens with author Helena Norberg-Hodge’s first visit in 1975 to idyllic, preindustrial Ladakh. She then tracks the profound changes that occurred as the region was opened to foreign tourists and Western goods and technologies, and offers a firsthand account of how relentless pressure for economic growth precipitated generational and religious conflict, unemployment, inflation, and environmental damage, threatening to unravel Ladakh’s traditional way of life. Energized by the fate of a people who had captured her heart, Norberg-Hodge helped establish the Ladakh Project (later renamed the International Society for Ecology and Culture) to seek sustainable solutions that preserve cultural integrity and environmental health while addressing the hunger for modernization. Since then, other Ladakh-based projects have proliferated, supporting renewable energy systems, local agricultural methods, and the spiritual foundations of Ladakhi culture. The author’s new afterword brings readers up-to-date on the work of these projects and on her own career over several decades as she traveled widely, observing similar impacts on other cultures. She challenges us to rethink our concepts of “development” and “progress,” stressing above all the need to carry ancient wisdom into our future.

Mind Your Business

Thoughts for Entrepreneurs
Author: Toine Knipping
Publisher: BalboaPress
ISBN: 9781452554952
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 296
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“Toine Knipping has taken to heart the statement, ‘One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure that it is worth watching.’ In a very engaging, lucid style, he draws the reader not only into his philosophy of entrepreneurship but also explains how to live a well-rounded life. This is a book full of wisdom—highly recommended to anyone interested in acquiring a deeper understanding of the inner theatre of the entrepreneur.” —Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, Clinical Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, The Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development “While you may or may not agree with everything Toine Knipping says, one thing is for sure: he is an inspiration to all entrepreneurs. Mind Your Business is a practical and necessary read for anyone who wants to succeed in business.” —Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of PEAK and Emotional Equations “Mind Your Business is a rare book that combines eminently practical and valuable advice for would-be entrepreneurs with wise reflections that imbue the whole activity with a larger purpose. Toine Knipping is a hugely successful entrepreneur who has valuable observations not only about business but also about the business of life. Mind Your Business should not only be read by budding entrepreneurs but by everyone who is involved in business life and is struggling to give this life more meaning.” —Sudhir Kakar, World-renowned Psychoanalyst and Author of numerous books including The Inner World

Ancient Futures, 3rd Edition


Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 0692864245
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 244
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A moving portrait of tradition and change in Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," Ancient Futures is also a scathing critique of the global economy and a rallying call for economic localization. When Helena Norberg-Hodge first visited Ladakh in 1975, she found a pristine environment, a self-reliant economy and a people who exhibited a remarkable joie de vivre. But then came a tidal wave of economic growth and development. Over the last four decades, this remote Himalayan land has been transformed by outside markets and Western notions of "progress." As a direct result, a whole range of problems--from polluted air and water to unemployment, religious conflict, eating disorders and youth suicide--have appeared for the first time. Yet this is far from a story of despair. Social and environmental breakdown, Norberg-Hodge argues, are neither inevitable nor evolutionary, but the products of political and economic decisions--and those decisions can be changed. In a new Preface, she presents a kaleidoscope of projects around the world that are pointing the way for both human and ecological well-being. These initiatives are the manifestation of a rapidly growing localization movement, which works to rebuild place-based cultures--strengthening community and our connection with nature. Ancient Futures challenges us to redefine what a healthy economy means, and to find ways to carry centuries-old wisdom into our future. The book and a related film by the same title have, between them, been translated into more than 40 languages.

Rethinking Globalization

Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World
Author: Bill Bigelow,Bob Peterson
Publisher: Rethinking Schools
ISBN: 0942961285
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 394
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Presents lessons and activities covering the topics of social justice and globalization.

Sustainability and Well-Being

The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy
Author: A. Bandarage
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137308990
Category: Science
Page: 114
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Asoka Bandarage provides an integrated analysis of the twin challenges of environmental sustainability and human well-being by investigating them as interconnected phenomena requiring a paradigmatic psychosocial transformation. She presents an incisive social science analysis and an alternative philosophical perspective on the needed transition from a worldview of domination to one of partnership.

Globalization and Social Change


Author: Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt,Jacques Hersh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134578660
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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An innovative and forward-looking volume which challenges conventional thinking regarding the inevitability of globalisation. Essential reading for those interested in the development of and the potential alternatives to globalisation.

Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos

Complexity Theory, Deleuze|Guattari and Psychoanalysis for a Climate in Crisis
Author: Joseph Dodds
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136585958
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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This book argues that psychoanalysis has a unique role to play in the climate change debate through its placing emphasis on the unconscious dimensions of our mental and social lives. Exploring contributions from Freudian, Kleinian, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Jungian, and Lacanian traditions, the book discusses how psychoanalysis can help to unmask the anxieties, deficits, conflicts, phantasies and defences crucial in understanding the human dimension of the ecological crisis. Yet despite being essential to studying environmentalism and its discontents, psychoanalysis still remains largely a 'psychology without ecology.' The philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari, combined with new developments in the sciences of complexity, help us to build upon the best of these perspectives, providing a framework able to integrate Guattari's 'three ecologies' of mind, nature and society. This book thus constitutes a timely attempt to contribute towards a critical dialogue between psychoanalysis and ecology. Further topics of discussion include: ecopsychology and the greening of psychotherapy our ambivalent relationship to nature and the non-human complexity theory in psychoanalysis and ecology defence mechanisms against eco-anxiety and eco-grief Deleuze|Guattari and the three ecologies becoming-animal in horror and eco-apocalypse in science fiction films nonlinear ecopsychoanalysis. In our era of anxiety, denial, paranoia, apathy, guilt, hope, and despair in the face of climate change, this book offers a fresh and insightful psychoanalytic perspective on the ecological crisis. As such this book will be of great interest to all those in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, and ecology, as well as all who are concerned with the global environmental challenges affecting our planet's future.

The Bioregional Economy

Land, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Author: Molly Scott Cato
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136181733
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 254
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In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy. But what does this mean in more concrete terms? How large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies. A bioregional approach to economics assumes a different system of values to that which dominates neoclassical economics. The global economy is driven by growth, and the consumption ethic that matches this is one of expansion in range and quantity. Goods are defined as scarce, and access to them is a process based on competition. The bioregional approach challenges every aspect of that value system. It seeks a new ethic of consumption that prioritises locality, accountability and conviviality in the place of expansion and profit; it proposes a shift in the focus of the economy away from profits and towards provisioning; and it assumes a radical reorientation of work from employment towards livelihood. This book by leading green economist Molly Scott Cato sets out a visionary and yet rigorous account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.

From the Ground Up

Rethinking Industrial Agriculture
Author: Helena Norberg-Hodge,Peter Goering,John Page,International Society for Ecology and Culture
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN: 9781856499941
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 120
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Modern industrial agriculture is in crisis. In our obsession with 'efficiency' and short-term profit, we are losing all real connection with the natural world. As a result, the dream of global abundance promised by the introduction of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and hybrid seeds is becoming a nightmare of health risks, degraded land and ailing communities. The way we produce our food is destructive and quite simply unsustainable. From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture sets the decline of agriculture within the broader context of industrialisation as a whole, and explores some of the fundamental principles which underlie the 'growth-at-any-cost' thinking of modern society. At the same time, it documents the growing public distrust of conventional agricultural practices, and highlights some of the most promising alternatives leading to more sane, environmentally healthy ways of producing food. This book is a valuable reference for those concerned with the future of agriculture - in the industrialised countries as well as in the South, where agricultural development continues to be modelled on the industrial ideal.

The Case Against the Global Economy

And for a Turn Towards Localization
Author: Edward Goldsmith,Jerry Mander
Publisher: Earthscan Publications
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 328
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A point-by-point analysis of the premises and implications of economic globalization.

Turning Wheel

Journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Buddhism
Page: N.A
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Das Neue Denken

Die Entstehung eines ganzheitlichen Weltbildes im Spannungsfeld zwischen Naturwissenschaft und Mystik
Author: Fritjof Capra
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3105608052
Category: Science
Page: 366
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In dieser Darstellung der Entstehung eines ganzheitlichen Weltbilds, in Capras Begegnungen und Gesprächen mit den Wegbereitern der Wendezeit lernen wir jene Avantgarde der Wissenschaft kennen, die nicht mehr an das Trugbild von der Wertfreiheit der Wissenschaft glaubt, sondern die sich engagiert für eine von Verantwortung getragene Werteordnung. Capra läßt nicht nur das Denken, sondern auch die Persönlichkeit der bedeutenden Vordenker des Umbruchs in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft hervortreten und macht damit erfahrbar, worum es ihnen in erster Linie geht: um eine menschliche Welt und eine menschenwürdige Zukunft. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

Die andere Geschichte der Bibel

Fakt und Fiktion in der Heiligen Schrift
Author: Robin Lane Fox
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 360811579X
Category: History
Page: 608
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Mit Scharfsinn und überraschenden Einsichten klärt Robin Lane Fox Fragen, auf die die Bibel bewusst die Antwort verweigert: Wer waren die Autoren der Heiligen Schrift, wie ist sie entstanden, und welche historischen Fakten lassen sich in ihr finden? Ein informatives und zugleich höchst anregendes Buch, das die historische Wahrheit ebenso wie die Erzählkunst der Heiligen Schrift entschlüsselt. In seinem fesselnd geschriebenen Buch fragt Robin Lane Fox nach dem Wahrheitsgehalt der biblischen Texte. Dabei unterzieht er das meistgelesene Buch aller Zeiten, das unsere abendländische Kultur tief beeinflusst hat, einer genauen historischen und sprachlichen Untersuchung. Er verknüpft auf meisterhafte Weise die religiösen Inhalte mit der Geschichte von Kultur, Politik und Gesellschaft. Vor allem aber zielt seine Darstellung auf die erstaunliche Vielfalt der Texte selbst: Der Leser erfährt, wann und wo die biblischen Erzählungen entstanden, welche Bedeutung sie für die Zeitgenossen hatten, und wie die unterschiedlichen Darstellungen desselben Geschehens zu erklären sind. Das fulminante und klug argumentierende Buch eines Historikers, der uns die biblischen Texte neu erschließt.

Happy Money

So verwandeln Sie Geld in Glück
Author: Elizabeth Dunn,Michael Norton
Publisher: books4success
ISBN: 3864702283
Category: Self-Help
Page: 224
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Der Volksmund sagt: "Geld macht nicht glücklich." Wir alle ahnen aber: Es gibt einen Zusammenhang zwischen Glück und Geld. Doch wie sieht er aus? Die Frage lautet also: Was muss ich mit meinem Geld anstellen, um glücklich zu werden? Dieser Frage haben sich die beiden US-Wissenschaftler Elizabeth Dunn und Michael Norton angenommen und fünf einleuchtende Antworten gefunden: 1. Kaufe Erlebnisse 2. Gönne Dir etwas Besonderes 3. Kaufe Dir Zeit 4. Zahle heute, konsumiere später 5. Investiere in andere. Anhand von zahlreichen Beispielen und Anekdoten vermitteln sie frisch, lebendig und ganz unakademisch, wie Geld in Glück verwandelt werden kann. Und auch Unternehmen profitieren von Dunns und Nortons Erkenntnissen. Zum einen erfahren sie, wie sie für zufriedenere Mitarbeiter sorgen. Zum anderen können die Firmen gezielt Strategien entwickeln, mit denen sie aus ihren Kunden glückliche und treue Kunden machen können.

Wie kleine Kinder schlau werden

selbständiges Lernen im Alltag
Author: John Caldwell Holt
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783407228550
Category:
Page: 232
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Ausgehend von der Beobachtung des kindlichen Spielens erläutert der Autor, wie Kinder denken und lernen.