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Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis Paperback – June 19, 2012
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I wish I’d read this book when I graduated. I wouldn’t have been less lost, but the beautiful voices, stories and experiences in these pages would have helped me understand that, before I could find myself, I had to lose myself first. If you know someone who dreams of something bigger than being part of the rat race, please give them this book.
---Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing
Herein lies the real lesson of the Internet. It may not be the one that marketers and investors want to hear, but it's the key to understanding the way people and businesses will be interacting in the peer-to-peer, digital reality. It's also at the heart of the current renaissance - an overturning of the scarcity-based, highly centralized systems that have been in place since the 1300's, and a rebirth of the values that make human society work.>
---Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed
If you're a well-meaning, well-educated, generous person, and you can feel yourself being cornered and hammered relentlessly by a faceless, wicked, out-of-control economy, then SHARE OR DIE is the book for you.
---Bruce Sterling, blogger, author and journalist
Smart, funny, irreverent, resourceful, committed, visionary these terms come to mind as you read the passionate voices of the first net-native generation. Share or Die! not only depicts and explains the daunting challenges facing young people today, it delivers some very good news: A monsoon of creative, positive energies is already shaping a better future.
---David Bollier, scholar and activist of the commons, blogger at Bollier.org, and Cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group
About the Author
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine (www.shareable.net), a nonprofit online magazine about sharing. A former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal left the corporate world in 2004 to help bring a shareable world to life through Internet startups, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good. Neal has also worked for the green social network Care2.com and co-organized The Abundance League’s monthly salons about alternative economy in San Francisco.
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The topics covered are extensive. There are stories about how to build a brand from scratch by creating a flourishing online community, set up a worker's co-op, organize a union strike, and navigate family life while developing a professional life. And there's no shortage of optimism and inspiration in the pages.
Share or Die is a gem because it solves this problem for me. It explains through analysis and personal narrative why the old story doesn't work any more, and paints a picture of an even better tomorrow if we do things together instead of alone. Share or Die reframes what we need to teach our youth about how to create their own prosperous future by sharing.
Beth Buczynski sums this notion up perfectly in her essay, "The Gen Y Guide to Collaborative Consumption". She describes the old formula of get college degree, get a good job as the "old way" and offers an eye-opening array of resources to help people meet their needs through sharing.
Share or Die is brilliant in many ways. In reading this book, I discovered a new way to inspire the youth I teach. I learned about many resources that make living one's dream a true possibility. Most importantly, I learned that we can evolve if we create a new economic paradigm based on sharing. If you're an educator, a student, a parent, or a human being living in these challenging times, Share or Die is a must read as it holds a practical and inspiring new formula for the good life.