Thackara encourages
readers to reassess their understanding of how
humans can collaborate
and cohabit with nature.

Flannery delves into
the ways humans have
weakened the ecological
systems of our planet
and proposes a host
of innovative solutions.

Building a Green Future

by Dean Simms-Elias

How to Thrive in the Next Economy
Designing Tomorrow's World Today
John Thackara
Thames & Hudson

How to Thrive in the Next Economy is a manual on how communities can integrate sustainable alternatives into their life and work. John Thackara has been called one of the greatest voices on sustainability and has served as a designer, educator and activist, leading the school of thought on sustainable development in local economies. The book brings you on a journey through a collection of anecdotes and ideas on how communities can work together to thrive.

Thackara shares how he developed his philosophy on rethinking everyday functions through sustainable design, with examples of inter-connections that enrich both people and the environment. The book encourages readers to reassess their understanding of how humans can collaborate and cohabit with nature. It is full of smart solutions to social challenges using clever design, advocacy and organization.

Intertwining the disciplines of ecology, sociology, urban design, and economics, Thackara develops a holistic view through which to design a renewed world. He explores the history of the environmental movement and highlights the accumulation of knowledge on sustainable civil practices.

Thackara describes how artists in different cultures open our eyes to different ways of looking at and acting in the world. He explains how the health of living systems, not money, is the ultimate measure of wealth.

Sustainable Innovation
Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World
Andrew Hargadon
Stanford Business Books

The world of business is changing and organizations are looking for ways to evolve with the 21st century. Companies are realizing that sustainable values and social responsibility can be harnessed as a competitive advantage. Sustainable Innovation is a business theorem and change management guide that declares sustainability to be the most vital strategy for companies in the the 21st century economy.

Hargadon’s casual writing outlines how corporate culture can instill an innate sense of values and initiative to innovate through sustainability. He draws upon his vast knowledge of corporate governance and economic dynamics to illustrate how a road towards sustainable innovation can be paved in any company. Sprinkling in lessons from corporate history and personal anecdotes, Hargadon steers away from the standard trial-and-error method of innovation and towards innovating through one's values, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and horizontal corporate structures that allow the innovative ideas to surface.

Describing best practices for companies working for a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) the book proves how sustainability generates multitude benefits beyond just reputational gain. Hargadon offers many tips on how to act as a change agent reforming corporate practices to be more environmentally and socially responsible.

A must read for anyone starting a business, this book encourages both leaders and employees to proactively adapt by utilizing sustainable innovation. He skillfully explains how in our increasingly interconnected world a company who neglects its externalities will eventually hurt their bottom line. Thackara compels enterprising professionals to meet the impending challenges brought about by climate change and overcome them through values-driven sustainable innovation.

Atmosphere of Hope
Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Tim Flannery
Grove Atlantic

Tim Flannery, best-selling author and renowned scientist and environmentalist, brings a robust set of facts and wit to this thorough and accessible scientific analysis of the causes of pollution, climate disruption and acidification of oceans.

Atmosphere of Hope delves into the variety of ways humans have weakened the ecological systems of our planet and proposes a host of innovative solutions. Flannery’s holistic view of the obstacles we face is countered with information about the technological advancements that are re-engineering our energy system and ecology. With wide-ranging expertise, he presents alternative options that can steer us away from the brink of environmental catastrophe. Illustrating how our civilization has degraded the environment and destabilized the climate, Flannery explains how human-assisted ecological enhancements can foster a renewed planet.

Flannery’s writing is filled with both urgency and optimism as it jumps from obstacles to options, making the case that science and human ingenuity can always create solutions. He suggests that policy shifts and public will are also essential for actualizing these ambitions •

March-April 2016