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Jackson, chairman of the Danish-based foundation Gaia Trust and co-editor of Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits, provides a comprehensive and lucidly written history of neoliberal economics and its effects, tracing the inequalities inherent in neoliberal economic planning. Neoliberalism, as Jackson illustrates, isn't an inevitable historical development, but rather an "artificial construct" created by people with a self-serving strategy that neglects the rest of humanity. Jackson presents the fundamental flaws in modern economics, locates the turning point in regulation and economic behavior, and then shows how and why things have devolved to their current state through the actions of the IMF and WTO. He traces a new, emergent worldview, proposing a solution in the form of a Gaian economic system, in which smaller, decentralized, diverse communities with a degree of local democracy form the proposed utopia, in contrast to the branded neoliberal free market of corporate dreams. A return to a simpler, more satisfying, and sustainable lifestyle is both necessary and inevitable, Jackson argues. The book is a how-to, "get serious about survival" guide, laying out a "global governance structure" and providing us with several strategies to try to get there. Hopefully, Jackson's ideas won't fall on deaf ears.
"Many writers have inventoried the unfolding disasters that threaten the human future. Ross Jackson is one of the very few who goes on to spell out a visionary, yet practical, program of sufficient ambition to achieve a positive future. Best of all, he draws on his distinctive experience and credentials as a global currency trader to outline sound proposals for redesigning the badly flawed systems of global trade and finance that currently drive the world toward economic, social, and environmental collapse. This is a truly important book."--David Korten, co-founder of YES! Magazine, author of Agenda for a New Economy
"Amazing! Ross Jackson's proposal for post-collapse strategy is the first plausible, constructive scenario I have seen."--Dennis Meadows, co-author, The Limits to Growth
"Occupy World Street is a masterpiece which deserves to get wide circulation and commitment by world leaders."--Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the UN Earth Summit, Rio 1992
"Occupy World Street is a monumental and inspirational call to action-and a long-awaited blueprint for how the actions should be implemented."--John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman
"Ross Jackson offers practical solutions to the course correction so sorely needed today."--John Renesch, author of Getting to the Better Future
"Occupy World Street is a profound and urgently needed roadmap for the future of human civilization"--Will Keepin, author of Divine Duality
"Jackson's initiative has the potential to unite hundreds of NGOs and millions of ordinary citizens in the streets behind a single simple proposal (that could change the current dysfunctional game.)"--Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy
"A brilliantly detailed template for how to materialize enlightened global society."--Llyn Roberts, author of Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness
"Ross Jackson, who is one of the world's wise elders, describes a range of new global institutions that can give birth to a world of sustainable prosperity."--Duane Elgin, author of The Living Universe
"Ross Jackson's reform proposals for our global institutions are more than astonishing-they are mind-blowing-pure creative genius. Let's do it!"--Clinton Callahan, author of Directing The Power of Conscious Feelings
"Ross Jackson has written the definitive analysis of why the current system cannot reform itself and why a completely new system must be born."--Jim Garrison, Chairman and President, State of the World Forum
"Ross Jackson presents us with an extraordinary global plan to tackle the multiple crises of our times-awesome in conception, sensitive in detail, and realistic enough to succeed."--Richard Register, author of Ecocities-Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature
Ross Jackson, an expert in international finance and operations research, has long been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based foundation that supports the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education, as well as hundreds of sustainability projects in forty countries. He is also director and owner of Urtekram, Scandinavia's largest wholesale organic-food company, and former chairman of Gaiacorp, foreign-exchange consultants and hedge fund managers. Jackson is the coeditor of When No Means Yes: Danish Visions of a Different Europe and Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits and author of And We ARE Doing It: Building an Ecovillage Future, among other books. He lives in Denmark.
Hazel Henderson, Ph.D., is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Beyond Globalization and seven other books. As founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC she has created and co-produced its TV series "Ethical Markets". A fellow of the World Business Academy, she serves on several boards and shared the Global Citizen Award with Nobel Laureate A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including (in the US) Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Challenge; Mainichi (Japan); El Diario (Venezuela); World Economic Herald (China); LeMonde Diplomatique (France); and Australian Financial Review. Her books are translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese.
I like that Mr. Jackson thinks big. He (and we) realize that there's something fundamentally wrong with our economic and political regime (climate change, savage inequality,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dan Johnson
THIS is an eye-opener. The way the Western World has administrated and abused the global economy is abominable and quite shocking. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by L. Baden
As a member of the Green Party and one very sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street Movement, I was very disappointed in this book. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Andreas Petofi
You hear it in the news. You hear it everywhere. Reading about it makes you a lot more sympathetic to the cause though.Published on August 23, 2012 by AIROLF
I haven't read the entire book yet, but I can say that Jackson's approach is very balanced. It turns out that his schooling was in physics and engineering, and applies his strict... Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Andrewski
...but the solution is some new elite that comes in and rescues us from the problems. Well, I can't buy that solution at all. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Michael A. Duvernois
Ross Jackson's "Occupy World Street: A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform" gave me some refreshing looks at what is going on in our country and on the... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Wilhelmina Zeitgeist
One of the problems leaving activist change stymied lies in the flooding tide of disinformation that keeps the public confused about 'how the economy works', and 'what is going on'... Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by John C. Landon
Disclaimer, my own views are more of a classical liberal, much derided by the author who lumps those with such views into his derogatory term "neo-liberal" to which I would... Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Junglies