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Thinking, Fast and Slow. By Daniel Kahneman. This pathbreaking book helps us distinguish between reality and the stories we often tell ourselves. By shining a spotlight on our exaggerated confidence in our visions of the future, he helps us to remember how much we don't know, to stay open to new information, and to beware of our tendency to preferentially seek and retain information that reinforces our existing views. It is vital that we keep re-centering and re-grounding our views in reality, and this book explains specific and useful methods to help us do just that. More >>

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. More >>

What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature. By Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman. In the rainforest, nature uses feedback to "close the loop." In the face of limits, feedback triggers adaptations that lessen or make an end-run around physical constraints. In business, companies like Coors use feedback to "close the loop," triggering innovations that lead to new products, processes, businesses, and profits. More >>

The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? By Duane Elgin. An excerpt from Chapter 7: Humanity Is Halfway Home of the visionary new book The Living Universe. Elgin is the bestselling author of Voluntary Simplicity (more than 150,000 sold) and an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. More >>

Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future. By Duane Elgin. How grown up do you think humanity is? When you look at human behavior around the world and then imagine our species as one individual, how old would that person be? A toddler? A teenager? A young adult? An elder? More >>

The Work To Be Done: Making A Living While Making A Difference. By Melissa Everett. You are walking down to the corner cafe at dusk to buy a local newspaper, and you notice: how pleasant it is to have a corner cafe and to be near it, rather than in traffic, as the sun sets; how reassuring it is to feel safe strolling in your own neighborhood, since you remember years when the streets were less welcoming. More >>

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed. By Dave Wann. It's like going into a room and forgetting what you came for, except in this case it's the whole culture, forgetting. We forget to ask, "What's an economy for?" En route to a brand new American millennium, we got detoured. Price tags and bar codes began to coat the surfaces of our lives, as every single activity became a transaction. Eating, entertainment, socializing, health, even religion - all became marketable commodities. More >>

Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World. By Linda Breen Pierce. Shortly after World War II, we entered a period of great prosperity and material abundance - a prosperity that continues to grow unabated, except for minor fluctuations from time to time. But here we are, fifty years later, with many of us finding that our hearts and souls are hurting. The prosperity we have enjoyed is just not enough. More >>

Ecologically Based Municipal Land Use Planning. By William Honachefsky. "I admit there was a time in my own early years as a young land surveyor (the pre-Earth Day decade at least) when I too regarded the land simply as a commodity, and not part of a larger continuum, intimately linked to the surrounding air, water, vegetation, and wildlife." More >>

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