Capitalism: As If the World Matters

Capitalism: As If the World Matters

Capitalism As If the World Matters In this politically charged analysis Porritt addresses the most pressing question of the st century can capitalism as the only real economic game in town be retooled to deliver a sustainable futu

  • Title: Capitalism: As If the World Matters
  • Author: Jonathon Porritt
  • ISBN: 9781844071937
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this politically charged analysis, Porritt addresses the most pressing question of the 21st century can capitalism, as the only real economic game in town, be retooled to deliver a sustainable future

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    Very insightful view of the problems the current form of Capitalism creates and well researched and instinctive strategies to make it more sustainable.

    I like this book because it aggregates a range of literature on the pressures of our capitalist system on the social and environmental fabric of our planet. Instead of providing one perspective, this book attempts to educate the reader on a range of challenges and potential solutions advocated over time to inspire further introspection and action.We live on a planet bounded by the laws of thermodynamics. The first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed as it is [...]

    Porritt essentially conducts a review of the existing literature available on sustainable development and from it synthesizes a view that at the present capitalism is the only option, but in order to sustain life into the future it must be adapted to properly value things it currently ignores. This would include things like environmental capital and various aspects of human wellbeing, and is demonstrated in the five-factor model of capitalism. It criticizes both parties who don't care about envi [...]

    For an in-depth, well-researched and an incredibly well-written summary on the crisis of capitalism, then look no further than this book. Porritt has a wealth of experience on the subject due to his time at time at Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and his time spent consulting organisations and governments on the subject. He takes a pragmatic view and is well-aware that the subject needs an approach not covered by the extremists within the green movement. It's long and detailed though, so I w [...]

    This book has a good premise - that capitalism can be the SOLUTION to - not just the source of - our sustainability challenges. It has some good ideas as well: environmentalism needs more effective messages than doom and gloom proclamations, for example. Unfortunately it doesn't come to a very compelling resolution. Porritt advocates for a "new" model of capitalism that incorporates five different types of capital - but it doesn't seem any more practical than current triple bottom line efforts w [...]

    400 pages are way too many for the content of the book. The original content fits in less than 100 pages. Unfortunately, it is scattered in the midst of things said and repeated thousands of times.

    One of Cambridge Sustainability's Top 50 Books for Sustainability, as voted for by our alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world. To find out more, click here.Capitalism as if the World Matters starts with the sobering message that, despite growing interest in sustainability, things are still going from bad to worse. This is caused by population growth, a consumption-driven economy, and our inability to accept that there are ecological limits. According to Porritt, this r [...]

    I have always thought that Porritt bridges the chasm between the corporate / political world and the world of progressive / sustainability thinkers masterfully. There is a lot of wisdom in this book: frameworks and models that really do resonate with corporate decision-makers (I actually managed to use some of them too!)Unfortunately the book is at least twice as big as it should have been, and loses a star for this wholly uneccesary turgidity (is that a word?)

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