More with less welcome to the precision economy

Auteur(s): Alle Bruggink & Diederik van der Hoeven
Publicatie: juni 2017
Prijs: € 20,--
Taal: Engels

Mankind is about to turn upside down economic self-evident truths, by the breakthrough of precision technologies like solar energy and precision agriculture, and by precision social arrangements like sharing instead of owning. So far, mankind could only produce more wealth by using more feedstock, depleting the earth’s resources and polluting the environment. Precision will end this practice. Precision will enable us to produce products better tuned to the needs of consumers, from less resources.

In order to reap these benefits of precision, mankind will have to change its habits, for instance in taxation. Like charging fossil and mineral resources, and facilitating recycling. Cheap renewable energy will allow us to curb fossil fuel recovery and stimulate circular practices like product longevity and reuse. It will allow us to develop new social arrangements like contracting out property, reuse and replacement of goods and services. It will allow us to upcycle materials, for instance from graphite in batteries to graphene in smartphones and chips, just to mention a futuristic option. Mankind will develop precision for application in smart materials and in machinery, and in producing and processing food, including processing agricultural side streams to new materials. We will be able to buy precision grown vegetables from mini greenhouses adjacent to the supermarket, reusing and recycling energy, packaging and leftovers. Producing just what is required will enable mankind to feed ten billion people, strongly reducing damage done to the planet. This book shows that we already have the required knowledge and know-how at hand.

The authors of this book have a very diverse background: in science, industry (national and international), science journalism, philosophy and sustainability. They are convinced that the transition to a sustainable energy system is the first step in a transition towards a sustainable society that will produce and distribute wealth with much greater precision.

Drawdown. The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Auteur(s): Paul Hawken
Publicatie: april 2017
Prijs: € 20,99
Taal: Engels

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and activists (including Michael Pollan and Elizabeth Kolbert) have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and methods are described here-some are well known, some you have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in the developing world to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path toward not just slowing the earth’s warming, but actually reaching drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being-giving us every reason to seize our planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

Digging Deeper. How Purpose-Driven Enterprises Create Real Value

Auteur(s): Dietmar Sternad
Publicatie: maart 2017
Prijs: € 25,52
Taal: Engels

What is the primary purpose of business? The standard answer is ‘making profits,’ but some visionary entrepreneurs and leaders fundamentally disagree. Instead of just making money, they choose instead to “dig deeper” and make a difference through creating real value – improving the lives of others even as they find deeper meaning in their own. These leaders build enterprises that provide identity and a sense of purpose, create positive relationships and a place to learn and thrive, embed sustainability in all that they do, and strive to improve the quality of life of all of their stakeholders. Although not their primary focus, they also make healthy profits, as their unique approach to value creation provides them with a sustainable competitive edge.

Digging Deeper is a book full of inspiring stories that illustrate that there is an alternative to a myopic and narrow capitalism that trades in inequalities, exploitation, collective burnout and negative consequences for our shared natural environment. Remarkable examples from all over the world vividly demonstrate how enterprises can create real value through focusing on what the authors call the 6 Ls: long-term orientation, lasting relationships, local roots, limits recognition, developing a learning community and taking leadership responsibility seriously in its very best sense.

Digging Deeper liberates the term “value” from the tight chains in which the global financial community has bound it and demonstrates that businesses can contribute to a better life for all ‒ if their leaders can go beyond viewing enterprises as single-purpose money-making machines and develop purpose-driven enterprises that create real value for all.

A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains

Auteur(s): Catherine Weetman
Publicatie: december 2016
Prijs: € 46,88
Taal: Engels

This book aims to define and link together the current notions of circular economy, industrial ecology and short supply chains and to explain how their implementation can contribute to the building of sustainable territories. Based on literature reviews and concrete examples drawn from empirical studies made by the authors, it offers to students, researchers and those in charge of local public policies clear ideas regarding the contribution of industrial ecology and short supply chains to the development of sustainable territories.The notions of circular economy, industrial ecology and short supply chain are relatively new notions (industrial ecology appeared in the 1980s, short supply chains and circular economy at the beginnings of the 21rst century). Their definitions are not always stabilized and they are often studied separately. This books aims at studying their origins and the evolution of their definitions, show their common points and differences and most importantly, explain their contribution to the development of sustainable territories. This exercise, to the authors’ knowledge, has not been done before.

Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology and Short Supply Chain

Auteur(s): Blandine Laperche Delphine Gallaud
Publicatie: juni 2016
Prijs: € 84,79
Taal: Engels

This book aims to define and link together the current notions of circular economy, industrial ecology and short supply chains and to explain how their implementation can contribute to the building of sustainable territories. Based on literature reviews and concrete examples drawn from empirical studies made by the authors, it offers to students, researchers and those in charge of local public policies clear ideas regarding the contribution of industrial ecology and short supply chains to the development of sustainable territories.The notions of circular economy, industrial ecology and short supply chain are relatively new notions (industrial ecology appeared in the 1980s, short supply chains and circular economy at the beginnings of the 21rst century). Their definitions are not always stabilized and they are often studied separately. This books aims at studying their origins and the evolution of their definitions, show their common points and differences and most importantly, explain their contribution to the development of sustainable territories. This exercise, to the authors’ knowledge, has not been done before.

New economy business, seven windows of opportunity

Auteur(s): Marga Hoek
Publicatie: maart 2016
Prijs: € 39,50
Taal: Engels

New Economy Business shows how business, sustainability and innovation can be brought together to create real, shared value. You will explore seven management areas and read numerous cases from around the globe demonstrating how current transformative trends interact with sustainable business to evolve into tomorrow’s economy. New Economy Business delivers the knowledge and insights needed to do business in an entirely new way, with greater innovative power and broader impact than ever before. New Economy Business was first published in the Netherlands where it was a highly appreciated best seller and is being used as a guiding resource in a broad range of businesses as well as educational institutions. The book was awarded the prestigious title of Management Book of the Year 2014 for its ground-breaking look at the future of our economy and tomorrow’s business. The jury report stated, “This book preceeds reality. It is both theoretical and practical at the same time and challenges a broad readership to forge new pathways.” About the author: Marga Hoek is a visionary and leader in the movement towards a new economy. As CEO, Executive Director, and Advisor in national and international organizations, she has successfully connected educational, governmental and scientific institutions with the business world in order to drive the emergence of a sustainable economy.

The Winning of the Carbon War

Auteur(s): Jeremy Leggett
Publicatie: februari 2016
Prijs: € 16,37
Taal: Engels

Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war. On the light side the believers in a sustainable future based on clean energy fight to save us from climate change. The dark side defends the continuing use of fossil fuels, often careless of the impact it has on the world. Jeremy Leggett fought for the light side for a quarter of a century as it lost battle after battle. Then, in 2013, the tide began to turn. By 2015, it was clear the the war could be won. Leggett’s front-line chronicle tells one person’s story of those turnaround years, culminating in dramatic scenes at the Paris climate summit, and what they can mean for the world.

Waste to Wealth. The Circular Economy Advantage

Auteur(s): Jakob Rutqvist & Peter Lacy
Publicatie: augustus 2015
Prijs: € 22,46
Taal: Engels

The circular economy may be about to drive the biggest transformation in business since the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago—$4.5 trillion in additional economic output by 2030—through a radical departure from the traditional ‘take, make, waste’ production and consumption models.

Adopting a circular approach—decoupling growth from the use of natural resources—achieves two things: first organizations protect themselves from rising and volatile commodity prices, become more resilient to supply disruptions, and reduce their environmental footprint. More importantly, by extending their core customer value chain beyond design, production and sales into product use—where most customer value is created—companies begin to rethink their customer relationships, enabling them to create unassailable competitive advantage.

Lacy and Rutqvist present disruptive strategies that help both planet and profit through the circular economy. They set out five business models that promote circular growth alongside the technologies and capabilities required to turn them into competitive advantage – from deploying sustainable resources to the sharing economy – each illustrated with case studies that examine the key challenges and suggestions to help organizations scale their efforts. They offer you the Circular Advantage.

Ultimately, the driver for adopting the circular economy isn’t scarcity. It’s opportunity. To derive more from resources and assets. And create products and services that are much more innovative, and responsive to the most important point in the circle: the customer.

The Circular Economy. A Wealth of Flows

Auteur(s): Ken Webster
Publicatie: mei 2015
Prijs: € 64,--
Taal: Engels

The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows Where will prosperity come from in a global economy facing rising consumer demands, environmental challenges, volatile resource prices, and the end of easy credit? Ken Webster argues that our linear ‘take-make and dispose’ economy is a 19th century heritage adrift in the 21st century reality. The time is right to move towards a circular economy – a regenerative model based around feedback-rich flows allied to new business models. The economic advantage lies in designing out waste, enabling access over ownership, using materials in cascading systems and radical resource productivity with the prospect of rebuilding capital and resilience. A circular economy has profound consequences for employment, education, money and finance but also induces a shift in public policy and taxation. The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows” gives a stimulating overview of this emerging framework for economic prosperity reinvented. Ken Webster is Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a leading think tank on the circular economy. He is a major contributor to the development and communication of ideas in this field. For this publication Ken has sought contributions from leading experts including colleague Jocelyn Bleriot at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Walter Stahel at the Product-Life Institute, Geneva.

The Purpose Economy. How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

Auteur(s): Aaron Hurst
Publicatie: april 2014
Prijs: € 35,52
Taal: Engels

The agrarian economy lasted 8,000 years. The industrial economy dominated for 150 years. The information economy emerged 50 years ago. What will be next? In his new book, The Purpose Economy, leading social entrepreneur Aaron Hurst predicts that purpose will supplant information as the core driver of our economy, exploring everything from how to move markets in the Purpose Economy to maximizing purpose in your career.