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Book Review: Eden 2.0 by Alex Evans

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Eden 2.0 By Alex Evans

– Alex Evans is a leading authority on the politics of climate change. He spent fifteen years as an adviser on climate change in Tony Blair’s government, in the Secretary-General’s office at the United Nations, and for think tanks in the US, the UK and Ethiopia.–

– Summit after summit on climate change has either failed or resulted in empty promises. Evans argues that climate change is too big a problem for governments to fix. To get past national concerns we need to tap into the power of mass movements.

– This will involve rediscovering the power of deep stories that can inspire the whole of society – the kind of stories we call myths, which we’ve largely forgotten and now need more than ever. A profoundly hopeful and optimistic book that will transform how you think about climate change and our ability to fix it.

Alex Evans has worked with governments on climate change for fifteen years, first in the British Labour government and then at the very top levels of the United Nations. But he always found that when world leaders sit down to negotiate climate change action, national politics always leads to failure and lack of ambition. According to Evans, “If we’re to overcome an issue as enormous as climate change, then we need to look far beyond policymakers and pie charts. Instead, I’ve come to believe that we need to build the kind of mass movement that has in the past created the political space to end slavery, or create new civil rights, or secure the write-off of billions of dollars of third world debt.

“To do that, what we need most of all is stories. Stories that can inspire the whole of society to think and act differently. Stories that make sense of our past and point the way to a better future; stories that help us face what’s happening and show us how to restore what we’ve lost. We used to be rich in such stories, and we called them myths. Now we have largely forgotten them – and we need them more than ever.”

In Eden 2.0, Alex Evans gives us a blueprint for how we can find and use 21st century myths for the most important issue facing our world.

Concise, elegant, timely and far-reaching, Eden 2.0 is a profoundly hopeful and optimistic book that will transform how you think about climate change and our ability to fix it.

Reviews

“A powerfully argued and elegant work that everybody should read.” Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project

“This world has the potential to be a paradise for humanity but only if we change our world view. Eden 2.0 proposes another way of seeing and working.” Richard Chartres, Bishop of London

“Eden 2.0 gives us a glimpse of what campaigning could deliver if we focussed on binding people together based on shared ideas. It couldn’t be a more urgent task and we couldn’t have a clearer or more necessary handbook” Kirsty McNeill, director of policy and campaigns, Save the Children

About the Author

Alex Evans is currently research director for the new Business Commission on Sustainable Development, exploring the role of business in delivering the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals on poverty, inequality, climate, and sustainability. He has also been a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) since 2006.

He has been an expert on climate change in the UN Secretary-General’s office, where he was the writer for the 2011 UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, worked with the government of Ethiopia to help organize the 2015 Finance for Development summit in Addis Ababa and was a member of Ethiopia’s delegation to the COP21 climate summit, and has written reports on climate change for the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, and the Center for Global Development.

Prior to 2006 Evans was Special Adviser to two successive UK Secretaries of State for International Development (Hilary Benn and Valerie Amos), where he played a key role in liaising with the Make Poverty History campaign, and was part of the cross-Whitehall group that designed and delivered the 2005 G8 summit at Gleneagles.

Alex Evans has just moved back to London, where he was born.

 

Eden 2.0 is published on 1st July 2016 as an Amazon Kindle Single

 

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Book Review: Ubernomics

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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.

Reviews

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

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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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