A Critical Review – “Clock of the Long Now” by Stewart Brand

A Critical Review – “Clock of the Long Now” by Stewart Brand

Now is shorter; soon comes swifter; and the past marches closer to the present. This is the theme of Stewart Brand’s manifesto “Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, the Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer”. He brilliantly makes the case that the human perception of time has become excruciatingly limited and focused, and [...]

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Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Janine McGonigal
There is an undeniable power in games for harnessing the best attributes of humanity – and a great potential in directing those attributes towards improving the quality of our work, our lives, and our environment.

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A Short History of Progress

A Short History of Progress

Ronald Wright
Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century—a time of unprecedented progress—has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first century: How much longer can this go on?

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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollen
What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

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The Future of Life

The Future of Life

Edward O. Wilson Knopf; 1 edition (January 8, 2002) Amazon.com Book Description: From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue. Today we [...]

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Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
In this groundbreaking blueprint for a new economy, three leading business visionaries explain how the world is on the verge of a new industrial revolution. Natural Capitalism describes a future in which business and environmental interests […]

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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we’ve waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already […]

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Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by Donella H. Meadows
In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth–the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet– Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of [...]

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

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Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World

Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World

As we emerge from the recession, a generation is searching for practical answers about how to succeed and make positive change in the world. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money.

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Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth

Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth

In Plenitude, economist and bestselling author Juliet B. Schor offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live.

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The Cononundrum

The Cononundrum

The Conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency and the real path to sustainability.

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Journey of the Universe

Journey of the Universe

Swimme expertly guides us on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution as a process based on immense creativity, connection, and interdependence. He and co-producer Mary Evelyn Tucker weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

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The Corporation

The Corporation

Eminent Canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan contends that the modern business corporation is created by law to function like a psychopathic personality.

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Vote on the First New Earth Archive Booklist!

Vote on the First New Earth Archive Booklist!

Developed by students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and supported by Paul Hawken and other leading public environmental figures, the New Earth Archive is a resource network of powerful, inspiring books on climate change, sustainability, social justice, and human nature. You can contribute your ideas for books that will help students change the world by voting on this year’s booklist.

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