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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716414
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An inventory of grounded hope, practical inspiration, and achievable visions; exactly the kind of thinking, work, and doing that will bring civilization to safe harbor. - David W. Orr, author of Down to the Wire

Andres Edwards is a walking database of information on efforts to create sustainable societies, and his enthusiasm for the promise of sustainability is infectious. - Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

Thoroughly researched, deeply contemplated, and yet eminently practical. I warmly recommend it to anyone concerned about the future of human civilization. - Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections

This is a beautifully written and eloquent plea for us to wake up to our potential and begin to exercise our natural talent for survival. An extensive resource list at the end provides a wealth of references for further research. This volume is written in a spirit of hope and promise that, if we are willing to follow a fairly simple and direct path, we indeed have hope for a viable future. - Journal of Sustainability Education

About the Author

Andrés R. Edwards is an educator, author, media designer and environmental systems consultant who has specialized in sustainability topics for the past 15 years. The founder and president of EduTracks, an exhibit design and fabrication firm specializing in green building and sustainable education programs for parks, towns and companies, he lives in Northern California.

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Andres R. Edwards is the author of Thriving Beyond Sustainability, gold medal winner in the Living Now Book Awards, and The Sustainability Revolution, which has sold over 25,000 copies. He is co-author, with Robert Apte, of Tibet: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land. He is an educator, media designer, LEED-accredited green building and sustainability consultant, and the founder of EduTracks, a firm specializing in developing education programs and providing consulting services on sustainable practices. For additional information, visit: www.andresedwards.com

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I recommend this book to educators, parents, and community leaders so that they can spread awareness to more people.
Michelle Ishaya
Thrivability thus becomes a new code word for recognizing the human "capacity for empathy, compassion, collaboration, playfulness, creativity, enthusiasm and love."
Kristin A. Pauly
Thriving Beyond Sustainability is a thought provoking, positive book that addresses current complex issues regarding sustainability.
Rachel Schrader

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristin A. Pauly on April 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
INSPIRING SOLUTIONS

At last, a holistic picture of a transformed way of living on the earth!
Not just living, but "thriving."

The book ties together stories about initiatives now underway
to transform "five interrelated global trends:
ecosystem decline,
energy transition,
population growth,
economic disparity,and
climate change."

These stories draw a collective picture of new ways of doing things to restore our personal and cultural health and rejuvenate the ecosystem. Thriving Beyond Sustainability gives examples of the outer situation we find ourselves in along with the resources - outer and inner - we have to bring about new possibilities. Edwards encourages the shift from "sustaining" to "thriving" as a challenge to expand our imagination and focus on the capacity of the human spirit to collaborate in creating meaningful changes that improve the lives of all species.

Thrivability thus becomes a new code word for recognizing the human "capacity for empathy, compassion, collaboration, playfulness, creativity, enthusiasm and love." This seems an easy shift to make, and cuts through ideas that separate classes, races, nationalities, and religions. Once we acknowledge that humans are innately cooperative and seek to thrive, competition and scarcity become outdated concepts and we see how the "examples" can become the mainstream. I fully embrace this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wendy McConachie on December 3, 2011
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Some would dispute the occurrence of climate change or the existence of negative human impact on the environment and the need to fix it. Others, like me, find the concept of climate change and negative human impact on the environment terribly depressing, with no end or solution in sight. To both of those views, I now say this: Thriving Beyond Sustainability.Thriving Beyond Sustainability is an inspirationally optimistic book about the progress of the green movement. Andrés Edwards discusses the relationships between humans and the environment through exploring different sustainability and conservation initiatives. He discusses the greening of communities from Sustainability Street in Australia to Sweden's green energy plan, the greening of commerce from local coffee shops to multinational corporations, and the greening of architecture. Edwards asserts that "we can meet the challenges ahead with a vision in which creativity trumps knowledge and imagination is recognized as one of our most powerful assets" (165). In other words, the challenge of becoming a sustainable planet cannot only be solved by knowledge, but creativity and imagination.
As the title suggests, Edwards takes the concept of sustainability one step further to create thrivability. Thrivability combines fulfilling basic human needs while benefiting the planet and living a "meaningful life". A daunting task though it is, Edwards's book describes the local and international initiatives taking place all over the world to fulfill this vision. Though at times I found the writing less than engaging, the topics of discussion never ceased to engage me. An overall optimistic and fascinating book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Roettgers on February 14, 2011
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A lot of technology companies base their R&D around natural phenomena nowadays, take nature as example, and manage to unlock natural secrets to transform them into sustainable profits. Edwards goes back to basic as well and provides with "Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society" innovative ideas and examples how today's economy can get back on the green and sustainable track and be profitable at the same time. The book is an easy read and very entertaining. It might not be a milestone, but it is definitely a book that causes food for thought.

- Frank Roettgers, author of Going Green Together - How to Align Employees with Green Strategies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 19, 2010
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Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society is for any collection strong in environmental studies or current affairs, offering keys to individual, organization and community action around the world that are building alternative pathways. From green commerce and ecological design to social changes, this is a clear pick for any library concerned with green social changes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Crowther on November 8, 2012
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"Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society" is a fantastic and inspiring book and it is written in a language that is easy to understand for the everyday reader and it will surely inspire hope. This book however is not for those who have given up hope. I have a few person criticisms on some of the examples the author uses in this book, such as the companies she chooses to assess and gives them what you could call a "good rep". There are some examples in here that don't deserve to be placed in a book with such a heading.

Overall, "Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society" is worth a read and I do recommend it to anyone that has an interest in the future of this world and how we are going about to protect and promote positive actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Schrader on December 3, 2011
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Thriving Beyond Sustainability is a thought provoking, positive book that addresses current complex issues regarding sustainability.

Currently with shortages of resources and rampant pollution world wide, the human species is starting to realize that it IS a small world after all. We are not only destroying the world for ourselves, but also for other species. In the chapter "Saving Ecosystems" the author stresses the need to fight "the decline of ecosystems and the loss of biodiversity" of our planet. The author Andres Edwards states that education and "incentives to protect wildlife are a central strategy for saving ecosystems." (p91)

In Edwards' view, we need to move not towards more sustainable practices, but towards more thriveable practices. He asks, "How can we satisfy basic human needs such as food, water, shelter, education, healthcare and love for all people on the planet while creating a meaningful life?" (p165)

Naysayers may say that the human race will inevitably destroy the world and its resources. They may argue that it's useless and silly to consider thriving and culture building when we have been at impasses of solving our man made problems. However, I disagree. I my view, it boils down to taking responsibility for one's actions, and drilling down to the real problem of each matter without making anybody look stupid. Edwards states, "Taking personal responsibility for our financial decisions also supports a socially just and environmentally responsible world." (p164) After reading Thriving Beyond Sustainability, I am persuaded that I can and will improve my habits to lessen my ecological impact. I wish everybody would take the time to read this book to learn what actions they can take.
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