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Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems 2nd Edition
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Also published in 2002, also with 20 contributors, this book lost me on the math. As someone who watched political science self-destruct in the 1970's when "comparative statistics" replaced field work, foreign language competency, and actual historical and cultural understanding, and a real-world intelligence professional, I'd listen to these folks, but I would never, ever let them actually manage the totality.
The book is the outcome of a three year effort, the Resilience Network as they called themselves, and there are some definite gems in this book, but it is a rough beginning. Among other things, it tries to model simplicity instead of complexity, and continue to miss the important of true cost transparency as the product and service end-user point of sale level, and real-time science that cannot be manipulated by any one country or organization (Exxon did NOT make $40 billion in profit this year--that is a fraction of the externalized costs, roughly $12 against the future for every $3 paid at the pump--that level of public intelligence in the public interest in missing from this book).Read more ›
You do not want to miss reading and owning it. It belongs in the library of all future oriented executives, economists, ecologists, sociologists, business planners, and policy makers.
With respect to ecological processes and sustainability, much of the initial material in this book deserves five stars. It's just when people who have backgrounds in aquatic ecosystems and economics start getting all sociological and psychological on me, they lose me as an audience member.
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This book provides a beautiful framework for understanding that which is living.Published 17 months ago by Steven Hall
First of all I would like to clarify that the low rating has nothing to do with the content of the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Axel Schick
The work of Gunderson and Holling is groundbreaking and well worth reading. It sheds considerable light on the similarities between social and ecological systems.Published on December 4, 2012 by Johann
A very interesting read. A well developed theoretical framework for examining contempory 'sustainability' issues (social, physical, cultural and so on). Read morePublished on October 25, 2005 by Amanda Davies