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Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 15, 2009
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"Ray Anderson is a personal inspiration for me and for anyone trying to find their way in this new world of green business. He may be ‘radical’ but he’s also a profit-seeking businessman. Confessions tells an amazing first-hand story of a personal and business transformation, a journey from being a cold-eyed capitalist to being…a cold-eyed capitalist, but just with a much larger perspective on what profitable really means. Ray has found a new path that’s good for the planet and great for his business. He’s showing the world how it’s done yet again."--Andrew Winston, environmental strategist, author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold
If we had a lot more businessmen like Ray Anderson, the planet would be neither bankrupt or overheated. He is a hero, and this book makes clear why!” --Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
“We are in desperate need of hope in this world, but if hope is to be credible and trustworthy, it has to walk a straight line to reality. No one does this better than Ray Anderson.” –Paul Hawken, author of Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Blessed Unrest
“Anyone who thinks that business leadership on environmental sustainability is an oxymoron must read Confessions of a Radical Industrialist. In a humble, inspiring and informative manner, Ray Anderson describes his own journey to not just tweak the edges of his business towards green goals but to fundamentally re-think and re-design every aspect of its operations to respect environmental limits.
My only hesitation is that we cannot clone Ray Anderson…or perhaps we can? Let’s hope that Confessions of a Radical Industrialist becomes required reading in all business, industrial design, and economics classes so that our next generation of business leaders continue in the direction that Anderson has begun.” --Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff
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As with all essential issues of the day, factions have divided into two opposing groups, neither one seemingly interested in swaying the other's position, as though the only options for climate change are denial or support. The levels of vitriol and obfuscation lower a very necessary debate to the very shameless tactics used to stalemate tobacco, gun control, abortion and gay rights issues. Lost in this bludgeoning of public discourse's most basic principles is the requisite sophistication to step back; to seek a third option.
Mr. Anderson, by virtue of being one of the few - though growing number of - industry leaders to implement a large scale sustainability program, offers an insider's perspective on his company's creative, can-do culture that has made Interface Inc. an irrefutable example of what can be done when the distraction of warring words is set aside; of the focus and determination needed to be at once a profitable as well as environmentally responsible corporate citizen. And as if that wasn't enough, Mr. Anderson gives us an intriguing vision for an overdue overhaul of industrial assumptions seldom challenged or updated since the 18th century.
This book, so important in its description of a comprehensive and sensible approach to industrial sustainability, has garnered so little attention from the mainstream press. Nor have I seen it among bestseller lists.Read more ›
I've heard Ray and many others speak. I've read dozens upon dozens of books on similar topics. I've been to conference after conference. But, rarely have I seen in such plain and clear terms a concrete case for how we can meet the goals of sustainability.
While others tell us what's wrong . . . Ray Anderson shows us how to do it right. And, most importantly, he tells us through experience and proven data how we can profit and do well by doing good. Love this book. It is a must read for anyone in business today.
I think this memoir illustrates what can be done when you set a seemingly impossible goal and you take it on with intellectual honesty and ingenuity. I think Interface's and Anderson's transformations are an inspiration for personal change as well.
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Excellent book from Ray Anderson on his personal journey implementing sustainable and environmentally friendly business and manufacturing processes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melina Garza
Great description of a greening process in a listed company. An inspiration for othersPublished 7 months ago by Pierre Mottet
Ray Anderson writes a compelling story of turning a wasteful, oil-thirsty business, Interface, into a nearly carbon-neutral business in a few decades. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brad
Carpet manufacture is not a glorious business. Yet Interface Global, the Georgia company founded by Ray Anderson, deserves a share of glory. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Christopher Paul Winter
Persuasively written by a man with the vision required, but not realized in our nation.Published 17 months ago by Robert Williams
A very inspiring book with a down to earth guide for leaders on how to approach a sustainability program and strategy.Published 17 months ago by Rey
The concept of a "radical industrialist" is presented in an understandable manner by one of its purest proponents. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael S.
I found this book to be inspiring and offering hope for our future. I am sorry that Mr. Anderson did not live longer to spread the message that industry can find new ways operating... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Martin Gonzalez, PhD
Not the newest sustainability book, but should be required reading for anyone who wants to get sustainability done in a corporation.Published 24 months ago by Carol Baroudi