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Book review: The Skeptical Environmentalist – Bjørn Lomborg (2001)



Controversial book The Skeptical Environmentalist looks at the claims around environmental and social issues such as overpopulation, energy resources, water shortages and climate change.

Bjørn Lomborg is a former member of Greenpeace who describes global warming as a “joy. In a New York Times column from last year, he said that the developing world needed fossil fuels to survive.

In The Skeptical Environmentalist, he argues that environmental organisations make selective and misleading use of scientific evidence to support their cause. He points out examples of misleading conclusions that have reached the public and argues that an accurate picture is needed so that knowledgeable opinions are formed and the correct decisions are made.

The book uses statistical information from internationally recognised research institutes to examine and assess the major problems facing the world today. As a result, it is filled with facts, figures and charts.

The book often polarises opinions, with both critics and supporters speaking about the text. Critics have attacked the data and analysis Lomborg uses, disagreeing with claims that is a trade-off between solving climate change and addressing some of the world’s other major problems like poverty. Meanwhile, supporters have described the book as informative and welcomed the approach.

The book is split into six sections, which are then further broken down, allowing readers to easily find specific areas they are interested in, such as deforestation, energy and water. The summaries and structure of the book allows readers to skim read or look at a particular topic in-depth, with sources noted for further research and fact checking.

It is well written and explanatory without using technical language and being inaccessible. The book has had an impact on public policy debate and should be on the reading list of everybody interested in the environmental and social challenges in the world today – regardless of whether you agree with its conclusions.

Lomborg closes by saying that we need to take action to care for the planet – which very few people will disagree with.

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Book Review: Ubernomics




Step inside the next generation of economics, business strategy and investing.

In this radical business book, Barbara Gray makes it clear that all is not as it seems. Just when we think we know the rules of the road, we find we have hit the age of economic abundance—and surprises await.

Gray navigates us through this journey with great insight and acuity, sharing stories and case studies about a new breed of “rebel with a cause” companies such as Starbucks, LinkedIn, Airbnb, and Uber, whose founders relish disruption of the status quo. Taking us through the highlights of her research, Gray reveals her discovery of the next generation of business strategy for companies looking to create economic abundance and rise above the competition.

Barbara Gray is a former top-ranked sell-side equity analyst and the founder of Brady Capital Research Inc., a leading-edge research and strategy consulting firm. She has more than fifteen years of sell-side equity research experience in Canada and the United States covering a wide range of sectors. Barbara has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia (1993) and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two sons.


Ubernomics is über-needed by any organization that wants to be around in the next five years. Read it and you’ll be here for fifty–and more! Barbara Gray is half brilliant analyst and half seer. The result is a book that is both crystal clear and a crystal ball.”
–Joey Reiman, Chairman, BrightHouse and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

“Barbara is one of the most astute and forward-looking analysts who covered lululemon. Ubernomics gave me a framework to think about the sharing economy capital structure and the value that can be gained from that.”
–Christine Day, CEO, Luvo (former CEO, lululemon)

“Barbara’s overall analysis centering on the three new values of advocacy, connection and collaboration is very powerful. And the examples, both of firms born in the new economy and others trying to adapt to it, are fascinating.”
–Jean-Claude Larreche, Professor of Marketing, INSEAD, and author of The Momentum Effect


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Book Review: Business as an Instrument for Societal Change




Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is the result of two decades of research and dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders in business, government, science and education. Author Sander Tideman, a lawyer and banker who has maintained a friendship with the Dalai Lama over all these years, presents a practical framework and methodology to develop a new kind of leadership – one fit to repurpose the business world and tackle escalating social, economic and environmental needs.

The Dalai Lama rarely speaks directly on the topics of business, leadership and economics. Yet in the dialogues recounted here, his wisdom – combined with key insights from business and public leaders – creates a unified shift towards a consciousness of interconnectedness, offering profound insights for practitioners and general readers alike.

Tideman unites the scientific worldviews of physics, neuroscience and economics with the positive psychology of human relationships, and ancient spiritual wisdom, to formulate practical business leadership solutions. At the heart of this book lies the journey to discover our shared purpose. This ignites new sources of value creation for the organisation, customers and society, which Tideman terms ‘triple value’.  We can achieve triple value by aligning societal and business needs, based on the fundamental reality of interconnection.

Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is a readable and intelligent exploration of how leaders can actually help to shape a sustainable global economy by embracing innate human and humane behaviour. It is also Tideman’s fascinating personal journey, which brought him to question the underlying motivations and goals of business leadership and to seek a new paradigm for a more sustainable approach. Reflecting Tideman’s sharp perceptions and infused with the Dalai Lama’s unmistakable joy, this book has the power to change your way of thinking.


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