HAWKEN ECOLOGY OF COMMERCE PDF

Hawken sets out to - as it says on the cover - demonstrate how business can save the world, and indeed, should. In order to accomplish this, he establishes a clear twelve-chapter plan in which he discusses the problems that we face, the nature of commerce and large businesses, and potential solutions, finally concluding in the magnificent crescendo that is the final chapter. This is a powerful, evocative book, engendering and in my case, reinforcing dark, cynical thoughts In this book, Mr. This is a powerful, evocative book, engendering and in my case, reinforcing dark, cynical thoughts about the large corporations to which we wilfully assign so much power.

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Meztigul Would this design still make sense if the companies themselves had to disassemble and re-use the components themselves? I have real respect for this man, and have seen him on the stage with the Dalai Lama. Still, I found some of his ecokogy difficult to accept. Rather than simply listing problems, Hawken began actually proposing some workable solutions including some novel takes on the concept of green taxes as well as the creation of utilities to manage common resources.

A Declaration of Sustainability by Ecolgoy Hawken. Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it. The Ecology of Commerce :: A Book Review by Scott London Shortcomings of the book are its lack of structure and outdated references to global trends that have shifted a little. Business believes that if it does not continue to grow and instead cuts back and retreats, it will destroy itself. Corporations are incapable of engaging in the latter, not because they are specifically wrought as institutionalised evil though this is what they sometimes becomebut because their design is intended to generate a single outcome: Hawken proposes that governments should be limited to acting as protectors of the common good and leave all commercial activity, and its associated innovation, to business.

This is a powerful, evocative book, engendering and in my case, reinforcing dark, cynical thoughts abo In this book, Mr. It is not an intrinsic characteristic of business in general. Then again, with so much at stake, doing nothing is the worst option. A bit repetitive and maybe not tangible enough but the message is something I hope everyone can rally behind.

He also goes into social implications of bad business practices. I like to think of myself as environmentally aware of industrial kf, but you have opened my eyes to the real problem of economic degradation of our environment.

We confuse our rate and ability to consume with the capacity of living systems to provide for those wants. Hawken for lighting the way. All three recommendations have a single purpose: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Return to Book Page. Hawken includes large corporations and small business in his proposal. But sad that it took too long. These books annoy me because they make Ugh.

Hawken, I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading your book, The Ecology of Commerce. A Declaration of Sustainability. After establishing the ills of our current economic system run amok, Hawken proposes fairly reasonable solutions to counteract current processes. Their purpose seems more to instill fear and resignation than to point to possible solutions. TOP Related Posts.

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By Paul Hawken HarperCollins, , pages The fact that the title of this book, The Ecology of Commerce, reads like an oxymoron illustrates how wide the gap has become between the natural world and our commercial lives. Ecologists believe that if business continues its unabated expansion it will destroy the world around it. In this eloquent and visionary book, Paul Hawken describes a third way, a path that is inherently sustainable and restorative but which uses many of the historically effective organizational and market techniques of free enterprise. These facts both mean that businesspeople must dedicate themselves to transforming commerce to a restorative undertaking. They simply have no other choice as we are exceeding the carrying capacity of the planet — the maximum level of life an ecosystem can sustain. Creating a restorative economy means rethinking the fundamental purpose of business, according to Hawken. It is not simply a means of making money or a system of making and selling things.

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Meztigul Would this design still make sense if the companies themselves had to disassemble and re-use the components themselves? I have real respect for this man, and have seen him on the stage with the Dalai Lama. Still, I found some of his ecokogy difficult to accept. Rather than simply listing problems, Hawken began actually proposing some workable solutions including some novel takes on the concept of green taxes as well as the creation of utilities to manage common resources. A Declaration of Sustainability by Ecolgoy Hawken. Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it. The Ecology of Commerce :: A Book Review by Scott London Shortcomings of the book are its lack of structure and outdated references to global trends that have shifted a little.

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