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Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life [Kindle Edition]

James H. Lee
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Book Description

How can we sustain ourselves in a world turned upside-down? That’s the central question of Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life. In this thought-provoking book, financial advisor and futurist James H. Lee explores the unprecedented challenges of the post-modern age.

Some see these problems—from financial chaos and exploding debt to career uncertainty and environmental worries—as proof that human society is on the verge of collapse. Lee looks past the doom and gloom and sees possibility instead. He asks: What if the so-called “coming apocalypse” leads not to societal collapse but a more resilient way of life? What if these global problems initiate a positive cultural transformation?

There are signs of a grassroots revolution everywhere. The do-it-yourself ethos is bigger than ever. Homesteading is back. People are rethinking consumption and re-imagining lifestyles. From co-housing to co-working, makerbots to microfarms, and repurposing to retooling, a major shift is underway.

With equal parts honesty and optimism, Lee guides readers beyond our contemporary troubles and into the everyday lives of people and communities who are discovering practical, livable solutions. Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life is for those who recognize our global challenges are real… and are ready to do something about it.

Editorial Reviews


"In this sweeping tour of social change in America, Jim Lee shows how we are starting to redefine work and play, buying and selling, education and retirement in a way that will ultimately save us from all the 'crises' that now threaten to doom us." -- Neil Howe, author, The Fourth Turning and Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation

"Jim Lee provides us with a highly engaging and readable account... His knack for storytelling makes this a difficult book to put down." -- Andy Hines, author of ConsumerShift: How Changing Values are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape

"...artfully takes the wide variety of disruptive changes coming at us from the future, and shows how the usual ways we respond may be redirected so as to live gracefully and well." -- Oliver Markley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Studies of the Future, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Product Details

  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wasteland Press (May 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00816IU7U
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking October 25, 2013
This is a really good book. For those of us consumed by the here-and-now, the author takes us on a tour of the future--a future that is not definitely coming, but one that is visible on the horizon. The author presents a number of concepts, and the factual research provides a lot of original information to non-future-thinkers. This book will expand your horizons and give you some raw data to work with to frame how different component parts of life in the future move in directions that are either positive or negative--and how each component part of the future can move significantly in either direction. Thought provoking this book is. A recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful look at the future July 19, 2013
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Author Lee takes the headlines, research, and conjecture about all that is negative and scary about the future, then deals with each, providing plausible solutions based on the natural resilience of humans.
Lee starts with "Gloom" (Chapter 1) and "Doom" (Chapter 2). The economy; the destruction of the middle class, disappearing jobs, and the number of people receiving government checks followed by the sickness of oceans and declining water supplies. Just some of the bad news we have been hearing, with lots more to come. But soon the author is warming up to his theme and his confidence in human resiliency. The ability of humans to take whatever adversity comes, and deal with it. And survive.
DIY, micro farms, and co-housing, are some of the approaches that Lee anticipates people will adopt deal with difficult time and issues, and the book goes on to consider many more plausibilities.
This is a book aimed at thoughtful individuals who are concerned about the future, particularly futures for themselves and their families. Lee offers a different, positive look at the future.
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A fascinating look at the social changes that are sweeping our country and an intriguing discussion on how we can best adapt to them. Topics range from the job market to the shrinking middle class to the fragile nature of the environment. I found the sections on Homesteading and DIY particularly compelling--all the subjects are tackled with keen insight, an optimistic outlook and a wealth of research. The author provides helpful online resources so that readers can follow up on areas of interest. The writing style is smooth and engaging; this book is a terrific read and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! May 31, 2012
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Jim Lee hits it out of the park with this book. He examines key trends that are creating changes in how we live and how we will live, and provides a highly probable scenario of what everyday life may very well look like. This book embodies what futures thinking is, and how powerful it can be. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent book! July 24, 2012
No matter where you are in your life or what your views of the future- read this book! When it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of change happening in the world around us or worn down by the negativity in the mainstream press, this book shows you many ways you can make a positive difference. In your own life and perhaps in those around you.

Full of uplifting examples and stories of those that have made positive changes and are better for it, Jim illuminates a variety of changes happening around you which can help you to feel a little more in control and better weather whatever the world might bring.

It also provides hope that as more people make changes in their lives, as a society and individuals, we become a bit more resilient.
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More About the Author

James H. Lee is a Delaware-based financial advisor who engages in extensive research and analysis of emerging technologies and social trends.

In recognition of his expertise, Lee has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning, and Medical Economics. He has also written for The Futurist, the Journal of Futures Studies and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Lee graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Economics and received a Master's degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Market Technician (CMT), and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.


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