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“Growing Awareness” Book Published by Central Scotland Green Network



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The Central Scotland Green Network, the largest green space initiative in Europe, has released a book which summarises the views of several leading experts from across the world.

Growing Awareness – How Green Consciousness Can Change Perceptions and Places, edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), and Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, focuses on the landscape and physical environment of cities and regions today and in the future.

Launched at the sixth annual CSGN Forum, which was held in collaboration with the GSA to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the book captures the vision and learning from speakers at previous CSGN events over the past five years.

Growing Awareness reflects on the role and the benefits of landscapes and ecosystems in city regions, against a backdrop of climate change, migration, health awareness and ever-increasing urban intensification.

Containing fifteen essays by leading worldwide thinkers and practitioners in the field, the book is divided into three sections – ‘Learning from Thought’, ‘Learning from Place’ and ‘Learning from Action’, to represent the manner in which those who work with and intervene in the landscape go about their work.

Contributors include Jonathon Porritt CBE, Peter Head CBE, Sir Harry Burns and Tom Armour of Arup from the UK, as well as international projects such as New York’s High Line, the greening of the Ruhr in Germany, Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration project and the ‘Clean City, Green Waters’ programme in Philadelphia.

Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at GSA, said: “As a society we face big challenges in climate change and wellness. Greening our world helps enormously. If we face up to the challenges with designed intent and if we do it well, we can make our world safer, healthier and more beautiful.

“Growing Awareness sets out a ten point plan to help deliver this agenda – from tackling urban sprawl, wise use of economy and technology, enhanced understanding of water systems to a new aesthetic for the delivery of a green and blue network that is the equal of our transport and services networks.”

Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, said: “Growing Awareness documents five years’ research undertaken by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust to shine a light on the innovative green infrastructure projects taking place on our doorstep and worldwide. Through the publication we hope to inspire decision-makers, developers and practitioners to support the delivery of the CSGN vision, transforming the environment of central Scotland so it adds value to the economy and critically provides sustainable places which enrich the lives of future generations.”

Growing Awareness – How Green Consciousness Can Change Perceptions and Places is priced at £47.50 and is available during the Festival of Architecture at a discounted rate of £20 from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) bookshop and online at

The publication was made possible with support from The Scottish Government, CSGN, the GSA Urban Lab and GreenBlue Urban.

Charlotte Markey from GreenBlue Urban, said: “Supporting quality publications which highlight the potential for green and blue infrastructure to be embedded within development projects is part of our wider vision to inspire individuals, from both the private and public sector, to think creatively about sustainability and integrated green and blue infrastructure. The Central Scotland Green Network provides an essential focal point to keep this work moving forward.”

The CSGN is working to transform the central belt into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.

For further information about CSGN, visit

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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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