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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

About the Author

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.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603583882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603583886
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on March 5, 2012
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For those billions of people for whom the current political-economic system doesn't work-the Occupy Wall Street people, the Tea Partiers, the 99%-ers and have-nots, the middle and lower classes, and the rest of the unwashed masses, "Occupy World Street" is a starburst of enlightenment and a practical vision of hope for a new and advanced society.

The book is subtitled appropriately "A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Order." It functions in a substantial way as the missing "content" for the Occupy Wall Street movement people who know that global capitalism and its political elite are screwing the middle and lower classes and the world environment but don't know exactly how they are doing it and how to change things. The book provides an unusually lucid analysis of the American political-economic system which should make clear to the Tea Partiers what their real targets of rage should be (it's not merely the Democrats nor the federal government.) Nearly everyone else who wants a "big picture" comprehensive analysis of the global economic system will be educated by this book.

The author, Ross Jackson, identifies who and what is responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown and many other problems in society. Most prominent are a seriously-flawed "neo-liberal economic philosophy" and the political-elite class which sponsors that philosophy for self-interested reasons at the expense of the rest of us. Jackson makes clear that economic philosophical theory is not value free and is class politics in disguise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2012
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To start with, author Ross Jackson's Occupy World Street is a lot more impartial than this reader expected. Though it's subtitled "A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform," its neutrality is surprising.

It's entirely too easy to use this book to point fingers at the 1% and how they're enriching themselves at the expense of the 99% majority. Some may read it and mentally highlight how this book expounds on the central issues that are at the core of the Occupy Movement's list of grievances, and why democracy has failed in the US and other countries. Author Jackson does contend that "almost all the social ills plaguing modern society are a direct result of too great a disparity in income." Since the neo-liberal agenda of the '80s, the disparity continues to expand rather than shrink.

To correct these economic and geopolitical inequalities, the author looks to scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis and the overhauling of supranational institutions accordingly. Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis states that the earth is a self-regulating organism adjusted by a complex system of interdependent feedback loops. Ross Jackson is chairman of the Danish-based Gaia Trust foundation, and puts this vision of interdependence at the heart of a new, sustainable global economy.

This book is a first-rate introduction for anyone wondering how our global economy got to where it is now. Jackson provides a succinct overview of the role of the Bretton Woods institutions, as well as the policy changes that allowed monetary institutions to precipitate the 2008 financial meltdown and mortgage crashes.
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I wanted to know more about the Occupy movement and didn't want a highly technical academic treatise so I was surprised and pleased that Ross Jackson's book was a readable indepth look at the movement and also give suggestions as to what can be done to reform global economic and political structures.

This six part book gives the reader a good overview of the problems in first section--basically what are the issues we are facing today created primarily by the one percent? The book states we are in the midst of a global collapse, one that will last decades. Yes, it is scary stuff to read!

Part two addresses why the collapse is happening. We all have a world-view that we take for granted. The author states "the problems we face today 'are not distinct illnesses, but rather symptoms of a common underlying disease." Jackson advocates stepping back and look how global destruction has evolved. He spends the rest of the section depicting the how and why.

Part three looks closely at the United States and how we have evolved through the philosophies America is founded on. We comprise approximately 5 percent of the world's population yet our political, economic and global impact is immense and much of it is negative on the world's people and resources.

Part four addresses the shift in values to a more Gaian society. How to best manage the world's resources.

Part five addresses the vision Jackson has on how to make things better through a Gaian society. The author states unequivocally that 'not a single country on this planet takes ecological sustainability seriously.' Jackson presents a sweeping vision of what ecological sustainability could do for the world.
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