- Taschenbuch: 598 Seiten
- Verlag: Abrams & Chronicle Books; Auflage: Revised and Updated Edition (30. März 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0810997460
- ISBN-13: 978-0810997462
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 3,8 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 106.196 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 2011
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Alex Steffen is the co-founder of WorldChanging.com, one of the world's leading sustainability-related publications. Steffen makes regular speaking appearances at multinational corporations like Nike, Yahoo!, and Amazon. He is a leading voice in planetary futurism and has inspired over 600 stories in the media, including a CNN documentary. Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and the author of The End of Nature and Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Time magazine has called him "the world's best green journalist."
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"You are no ordinary person. These are no ordinary times. And this is no ordinary book."
And the foreword goes on promising great things about what's inside this book and how you need it and all the authors worked really hard on the original one and blah blah blah. It's insufferable and annoying.
It says "updated and revised" but honestly? This book is outdated. And it shows, miserably. It'll talk about a point and you'll think to yourself, "Wait, didn't they already start doing that?/Didn't that come out years ago?/Wasn't that canceled because of poor business practices?" And you're right!
It will ask questions about a grand new idea that's out on the horizon and it being the year 2018, none of us are impressed because that idea has already been thrown aside as outdated thinking, or improved upon so much that what the book suggests is archaic.
I quit trying to read the required reading and just went to class and checked the powerpoint notes before a test. Because honestly? I only went to class for attendance and the Professor was almost as worse as the book. I could cry telling you the stories that happened in this class. Here's a fun small one;
We were learning about building ecological homes and how it's energy efficient and saves the earth of natural resources if you use the correct items. XYZ. Professor then declares;
"You all can build very affordable Green-homes on your own, 192k$ is very cheap for a home."
I sit in the back and everyone in this class is under the age of 25, 5-6 people at the same time, made the exact same gesture at the professor while the rest collectively groan or start to put their things away. I'm in shock as well.
To really understand what is going on and how things work;
To get rid of misconceptions and sticky ideas that are sometimes simply wrong;
To update my working hypothesis and learn, learn, learn to get it right;
To be able to inform my readers in the most pleasent and correct and funny and understandable way.
And then sometimes a book like this comes along and helps me recreate. Wonderfully made. Full of inspiration. Full of great examples that fit nicely in my line of work. Very well researched and written. A breethe.
Get it. Read it. Enjoy it. If there were no other such book on my list, I would call this the best, but as there are, this is „only“ one of the best.
What is it about, this self-proclaimed „Users Guide for the 21st century“?
It focusses, one after the other, on all the aspects of our lives and finds practical examples for better, practical and proven solutions to do things in a better, more sustainable way. I am very happy to have found this book!
Highly recommended read continued on the Authors Homepage, the home of Alex Steffen.