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The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. Juni 2012

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Review, Resurgence Magazine, Ed Mayo

The two authors have an outstanding track record of social innovation for a more just and sustainable economy. What they describe is therefore born out of practice rather than ideas. The Resilience Imperative tells us that it is OK to dream in the daytime. The authors are practical pioneers with an unrivalled track record of cooperative innovation.

Review, E Magazine July 2012 K.B.

How can we get our economy back on track while simultaneously making it more socially, environmentally and financially sustainable?

The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy addresses this question through a series of warnings and historical examples. Authors Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty, who specialize in integrative economic systems, advocate for the U.S. moving away from a large economy reliant on fossil fuels to small, local economies.

Lewis and Conaty warn readers about the current “era of volatility” caused by human impact on the environment and climate change and walk them through the links between fossil fuel consumption, climate change, the global economy and financial recessions. “In part, what impedes our breaking out of the box is the conviction that economic growth and prosperity are synonymous—too many believe that we can’t have one without the other,” they write. They stress that prosperity is determined by quality of life and that the economy should be stabilized, not continue to grow.

The authors offer as examples Sweden’s JAK, an interest-free lending system, and Community Land Trusts such as the Gramdan movement in India. The cooperation between individuals and policymakers is vital to create a country that can sustain itself and its practices, they posit. “Without engagement, dialogue, and sometime fractious debate to determine what is most important, it is not possible to set strategy effectively or to learn from what works and what does not.” They argue that with more integration and cooperation between businesses, governments and communities, a more sustainable economy is possible.



A new kind of world is possible — this book makes that clear. The question is whether we're willing to do the work to get there.— Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy

Resilience is the watchword for our dawning era of economic and environmental instability. This timely book offers a wide range of practical suggestions and inspiring examples to help us build more resilient communities. — Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute

Navigating transition from growth to resilience is a formidable challenge, but together we can reinvent our economic life at a much more local and regional scale. The Resilience Imperative argues for replacing the paradigm of limitless economic growth with a decentralized, cooperative, steady-state economy.

The authors explore a comprehensive series of strategic questions, community initiatives and transition factors within the areas of:

Community land trusts for affordable housing and workspace
Low-carbon urban partnerships and energy sufficiency
Stewarding the commons and local food systems
Fair Trade banking and fee-based finance
Economic democracy and Trusteeship companies

This provocative book challenges many of our deeply embedded cultural assumptions. Profoundly hopeful and inspiring, The Resilience Imperative affirms the limitless scope for positive change created when individuals, communities and institutions learn to live within our ecological limits.

This is a book that puts flesh on the occupy movement’s call for an economic alternative ... at once visionary and practical. — Robin Murray, Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and author of Co-operation in the Age of Google

Michael Lewis is the Executive Director of the Canadian Center for Community Renewal.

Pat Conaty is a Fellow of new economics foundation and a research associate of C'Co-operatives UK.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An eye opening illustration of the many alternatives to the neo liberal consensus 31. Mai 2013
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Anyone who is sympathetic to the occupy cause should read this book. The examples of living and breathing sustainable, ethical alternatives to destructive market capitalism should be thrust under the noses of everyone who doubts the possibility for what the authors call a SEE (social, economic and environmental) change. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, timely 12. Dezember 2012
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This is a must read book. Using figures from real life projects it clearly shows how much wealthier we'd all be if land was held in Community Land Trusts (and more and more land is), mortgages were interest-free fee-based (just like they are from JAK Bank in Sweden), and all our homes were insulated (e.g. like they've done in Kirklees, UK). Just 20% of the extra time and money it'd free up would to enable those who wish to time to grow some of their own food, and for everyone to pay organic farmers a fair price for their produce. Brilliant. Let's do it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rebuilding a sustainable society 30. April 2013
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The Resilience Imperative is a must read for both leaders and followers seeking survival of society. The book identifies the need to overcome what the authors state as the: "most dangerous idea in the world is that humans are separate from the rest of nature".

The subtitle of the book says it all: "Cooperative transitions to a steady-state economy". The book is full of practical self-help bottom up techniques for building a sustainable society.

Compelling evidence for action is presented. These arise from excessive exploitation of the environment, global warming and a financial system that has proved to be neither self-regulating nor capable of reliable regulation.

"Five exit ramps" are identified for transitioning to a sustainable society. 1. Resiliency: Strengthening our capacity to adapt, 2. Reclaiming the commons, 3. Reinventing democracy, 4. Constructing a social solidarity economy, and 5. Pricing as if people and the planet mattered.

Although not stated, the book may prove to be even more valuable as an intellectual guide on how to rebuild society after an almighty financial crash. A crash far greater than the Great Depression 85 years ago is now appearing inevitable. It will be far greater because the Great Depression was not created by excessive private and/or Sovereign debt as exists today. A crash is inevitable, because Sovereign debt has become unsustainable. It has created a fiscal cliff in the US and in Europe it denies Sovereign bailouts of over leveraged banks.

Few have noticed that going in to debt financed the golden age of economic growth over the last half century in leading industrialised nations. This source of economic growth is longer available. In addition, economic growth is inhibited in over 20 of the advanced industrialised economies whose populations are now decreasing.

Without immigration, ghost suburbs will spread from Japan to Europe. It is not just a double whammy of: No more growth financed by debt, and Decreasing populations. But a triple whammy with people living longer and becoming more dependent upon welfare as the number of taxpayers to support them shrinks. Resilience will become the imperative!

This triple whammy may in the longer run sustain humanity by forcing de-growth on society. It could force the highway to the future to terminate in the five exit ramps described in the book. Instead of being exit ramps the examples and ideas presented in the book could become entry ramps to a more equitable, efficient, democratic, convivial and ecologically sustainable society.

Both Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty have extensive experience as community activists, leaders and change agents. Mike is Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal and Pat Conaty is Fellow of the leading UK think and do tank, The New Economics Foundation. Together they have unmatched practical experience and authority in initiating and leading social transitioning processes in the industrialized world.

Drawing on their working experience, contacts and research the authors provide a rich compilation of case studies on how local communities can begin the transition process to a steady state economy. These are used to illustrate their seven guiding principles for leaders and followers to transform society.

The authors first outline how corporations and banks evolved to become too: big, powerful, unaccountable, perverted, and unsustainable. Working alternatives are described based on human scale cooperative and mutual arrangements. These create exit/entry ramps to allow both common wealth and power to be more equitably shared to enrich democracy and build sustainable communities. Prosperity without growth becomes more practical.

The rich variety of working examples illustrates transitions in values, social structures and operations of social institutions. The transitions are an outcome of the seven principles of reliance: Diversity, Modularity, Social capital, Innovation, Overlap, Tight feedback loops, and Ecosystem services. Using somewhat different words, biologist would recognize that these principles described the architecture of life. In this way evolutionary processes provide a compelling endorsement for the book.
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