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Book review: Taking Responsibility for Tourism – Harold Goodwin (2011)

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Taking Responsibility for Tourism, Harold Goodwin’s 2011 book, is an engaging and interesting read. In the context of a rapidly growing and increasingly wealthy global population, its messages are important for us all.

Goodwin’s unrivalled grasp of the subject means the book serves as a compelling call to arms for sustainable and responsible tourism. Writing in the foreword, John de Vial of the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) speaks of the author in the same breath as Jost Krippendorf – who is widely credited with defining the responsible tourism movement in his book The Holiday Makers (1987).

Goodwin, who is professor of responsible tourism management at Manchester Metropolitan University, opens by speaking about his own early experiences with travel. After taking his first trip abroad in 1979, he noted how he became “uneasy” with the popular ecotourism adage, “Leave only footprints, take only photographs”. He soon became a campaigner and keen advocate for responsible tourism.

The book is split into two sections. The first, Why Responsible Tourism?, begins with some expert scene-setting. Goodwin defines responsible tourism – “taking responsibility and recognising that tourism is what we make of it” – and looks at the industry’s development, as well as debunking a range of popular myths.

He then focuses on the UK market specifically – where he says responsible tourism is “no longer a niche” – and also examines the business case for responsibility.

In the latter part of this first section, he says the emergence of an ethical and socially responsible investor community has required the travel and tourism industry to put more emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. This in turn, he adds, improves shareholder value and reduces risk.

Goodwin devotes one chapter to responsible tourism in destinations – he spearheads the successful conference series of the same name – in which he looks at the purpose of tourism, covering issues like economic development, social inclusion and regeneration.

In the second part of the book, titled Responsible Tourism in Practice, the author uses his extensive knowledge to describe some of the ways the tourism industry is taking responsibility and sustainability seriously – across society, the economy and the environment.

 

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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.

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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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