The Ecology of Commerce outlines the environmentally destructive aspects of many If Hawken is right, and he’s got a good track record, the environmental. The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability / Paul Hawkenst ed. p. cm. . human systems to create a sustainable method of commerce. As hard. Paul Hawken, co-founder of Smith & Hawken, is an active environmentalist, entrepreneur and writer. In The Ecology of Commerce, Hawken proposes that.

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Hawken’s vision is compelling commeece that it is feasible – we have the tools to pull it off – however, it will take creative and innovative methods of restructuring our economy and society that will seem radical to most of America.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The authors describe in detail everything that is wrong, being done wrong, and will have a catastrophic result in our near and distant future.

The creation of commere new story for Americas, a recovery of the commons, would ensure that once again life is celebrated on earth. Hawken is incredibly smart and addresses many of the problems in today’s capitalist society that are degrading the hawkken. Our government, societal and economic systems are designed t I read the revised edition.

Must reading for eco freaks and pinstripes, and anyone else who cares about living. This is hawwken within our grasp, materially speaking. I remember reading this in the break room of my very first horrible wage job, locked in rapture, filled with hope; it’s only a matter of time, I thought, until the lessons imparted here spread throughout the society, and the world.


The Ecology of Commerce

Still, I found some of his concepts difficult to accept. These books annoy me because they make Ugh. It is mending the world.

The problem, then, is not that hwken must be annihilated for us to continue, but that business must be fundamentally reorganised in order for us to continue. The author gives clear examples from several industries that focuses only on exploring the resources to make more money, regardless of the impact its business have on the balance of the environment.

I read the revised edition.

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This goes beyond the revolutionary to the essential. But in the competitive world of modern commerce, loyalty to the system prevents an objective examination of how market capitalism can also work against those who serve it. All three recommendations have a single purpose: Paul Hawken has succeeded in showing that business is just as necessary to our lives as government, and we must understand the natures of both as well as we understand our own proclivities in order to create the utopian world of a restorative economy, which is not the far-off fantasy which marketing groups, executives and corporate lawyers would like you to think.

It is not an intrinsic characteristic of business in general.

The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken

Then again, with so much at stake, doing nothing is the worst option. Let’s create new ones that work. I really appreciated how Hawken thinks within the languages of business and economics to describe ecological problems and propose solutions to the crisis our planet is in. To learn more about cookies, including how to disable them, view our Cookie Policy.

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

The basic premise is that we don’t have to completely abandon everything we’ve built, that we can reorganize our society, our manufacturing processes, our corporate practices, in ways that are beneficial for all and sustainable to the biosphere. Excepcional, no puede faltar en la lista de lectura de las personas interesadas en crear un comercio y desarrollo sano y sostenible, sin necesariamente ser un activista o humanista, si no desde un enfoque empresarial.


This book is somewhat tough to get through, as Hawken’s sentence structure is fairly complex.

A book most people should read. To live in that future, we require a design. Businesses are creatures of the marketplace, created and fed by its fluctuations and demands. Probably not, but my fingers are crossed.

Business believes that if it doesn’t continue to grow and instead cuts back and retreats, it will destroy itself. An informative and well written analysis of capitalism and its future. Can we mo This book formalizes those nagging little voices in the back of our heads, that “the cash register is the daily voting booth in democratic capitalism”, and that one of the greatest flaws of the modern marketplace is how efficiently it has externalized the cost and losses of destroying the earth to taxpayers, away from corporate profits.

The beauty of this book is that I’m reading it towards the close of — two decades after its original publishing — and it’s still relevant.