Lyle Estill has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Lyle is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible, Biodiesel Power and now the editor of Small Stories, Big Changes. Unflinchingly honest and compulsively readable Small Stories, Big Changes provides an intimate look at the personal experience of being a pioneer in the sustainability movement, laying bare the emotional, spiritual and financial impact of a life lived in the service of change. Activist, farmer, publisher, philosopher or entrepreneur; each writer has a unique personal tale to tell.
– 320 pages
7.5 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)
Weight: 640 Grams
BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2008-07-01
The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World
It is now 5 minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock, reflecting the fact that we are closer to assuring the obliteration of our species than we have been at any time since the early eighties. We are rapidly approaching a tipping point, where we will either transform our violent, exploitative global system into a peaceful, cooperative one, or enter a catastrophic decline.
Evolution's Edge shows that limitless economic expansion is impossible on a finite planet. Our growth-based global system will collapse as critical resources become scarce and major ecosystems fail. However, new ideas, values and technologies can help us avoid disaster and create a better world.
Using evolutionary systems theory, Evolution's Edge explains how societies evolve and why rapid, non-linear change is not only possible but inevitable. It describes:
- Collapse -- how cascading crises will soon provoke system failure
- Transformation -- how emerging technologies, ideas, values and social organizations are supporting the evolution of a sustainable system
- Analysis -- how societies evolve into increasingly complex and conscious systems
- Action -- how a common, cooperative vision can accelerate constructive global change.
Evolution's Edge is the winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher's (IPPY) Outstanding Book of the Year Award in the category "Most Likely to Save the Planet". The book is a practical guide to a sustainable future and is vital reading for activists, educators, progressive thinkers and anyone concerned about the state of our world.
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