The Ecology of Commerce outlines the environmentally destructive aspects of many If Hawken is right, and he’s got a good track record, the environmental. The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability / Paul Hawkenst ed. p. cm. . human systems to create a sustainable method of commerce. As hard. Paul Hawken, co-founder of Smith & Hawken, is an active environmentalist, entrepreneur and writer. In The Ecology of Commerce, Hawken proposes that.

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Would this design still make sense if the companies themselves had to disassemble and re-use the components themselves? Furthermore, their actions are defended–I daresay have to be defended–because most of us are o upon them for our livelihood.

However I do not feel that the corresponding argument is true of business. Restoration is not a business term. Inspiring, yet since it was written in and ecologyy much change has been made, it has obviously not inspired enough people! Thank you for selling such an important literary work. Dec 23, Mrsculpepper rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

As a recent graduate of Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources, I had contemplated the pursuit of an advanced degree in a research science, such as ornithology, but I was concerned for the plight of our environment and society and felt that I needed to somehow make a dramatic contribution to the fight to save our resources and our culture.

Return to Book Page. If we are to create a commercial culture that does no harm to natural and human communities, society will have to define commercial crime more effectively, and begin to see it as something less than inevitable, and more than excusable.

It is difficult for us to imagine that the ecological principle of carrying capacity can significantly affect us.

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Not much has changed since the original publication of this book in Obey the “waste equals food” principle and entirely eliminate waste from our industrial production, tranforming to a circular economy. Must reading for eco freaks and pinstripes, and anyone else commefce cares about living. But in the competitive world of modern commerce, loyalty to the system prevents an objective examination of how market capitalism can also work against those who serve it. If capitalism has one pervasive untruth, it is the delusion that business is an open, linear system: Jul 31, Jamie marked it as books-i-couldn-t-finish.


Lf this book, Mr.

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

I have real respect for this man, and have seen him on the stage with the Dalai Lama. To view it, click here.

This is well within our grasp, materially speaking. Aug 16, Jessica rated it really liked it.

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We could talk about the many smaller details that have arisen in terms of the rise of Veganism, eco-friendly companies and environmental awareness No, it is not. If Hawken is right, and he’s got a good track record, the hawjen perspective is the only way business will prosper, and business may be the only way to achieve a healthy planet. It’s a sad comment on our society that twenty years commerrce Hawkin’s dreams have not fcology to fruition and this book is ecoogy hopelessly outdated.

Shortcomings of the book are its lack of structure and outdated references to global trends that have shifted a little. We confuse our rate and ability to consume with the capacity of living systems to provide for those wants. Although Hawken’s recommendations provide a broad menu of controls from which a protective government could select, there seems to be little discussion about changing how we think about money and material goods.

Hawken is a firm believer in market principles, but argues that our current system is clmmerce skewed towards private-sector interests in terms of taxation, division of power and money, and access to power and money.

We are using up our dear planet when we should – and profitably could! I was I read this long, long ago, when Ecolkgy was still a green youth in high school.

It would depend not on carbon but chiefly on hydrogen and the sun for its energy. That is, of course, if you ignore the popular mores of our society; it’s much easier to capture the average American’s attention with an NFL game or an episode of Jersey Shore than with the idealized concept of an America with high petrol costs but no income tax.


The Ecology of Commerce

Businesses are creatures of the marketplace, created and fed by its fluctuations and demands. It is almost 20 years old, but most of the ideas are still visionary, which says as much about the pace of progress as it does about Paul Hawken’s intellect. It’s hopeful that the knowledge and technology exists to enable businesses to operate in socially and environmenta The ideas in this book seem like common sense, yet the government, businesses, and consumers continue to ignore these ideas and give in to greed and materialism rather than doing what’s right for the world.

Their purpose seems more to instill fear and resignation than to point to possible solutions. This, from the vantage point ofwith even more evidence that our notions of democracy and participation are skewed to favor large, multinational corporations.

Written shortly after my birth this book describes technology which existed at the time and still sounds incredibly futuristic to me. Create systems of feedback and accountability that support and strengthen restorative behavior, and promote long-term restoration while penalizing short-termism.

The creation of a new story for Americas, a recovery of the commons, would ensure that once again life is celebrated on earth. Can we create profitable, expandable companies that do not destroy, directly or indirectly, the world around them?

It leads me to question whether any of these measures are merely treating symptoms or the actual disease.

It’s always about choices and making them with actual knowledge of the real costs. A truly worrying analysis.

However unlike those books, solutions are provided in the later chapters that mitigate the doom found earlier in the book. Herein commerec a common misconception which I held until reading this book – that cost and price are the same thing.

Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it.

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