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The Faber Book of Utopias
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Binding: Hardcover: 560 pages
This anthology encompasses many noble and selfless schemes, as well as revealing a trail of folly, tyranny and attempts at social control, in every conceivable cultural, political and social context including communism, fascism, anarchy, green, female and male.
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Witness: Greenpeace - 25 Years on the Environmental Front Line
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It all started, the authors tell us, in 1971 when three men decided to improvise on the "Quaker tradition of bearing witness" by taking a boat to a nuclear test site. Arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard before they reached their destination, they did succeed in briefly delaying the test, and, more important, in making headlines. From that modest beginning, Greenpeace has evolved into the most visible and consistent of the eco-warrior groups, staging dramatic and increasingly sophisticated interventions to raise awareness of environmental degradation all around the world, and, in the process, risking life and liberty for their beliefs. Their story is compelling in any form, but this volume of photographs captures their energy, conviction, and courage, not to mention the David-and-Goliath-like nature of their struggle against whaling, drift net fishing, nuclear weapons, and the dumping of toxic waste. The battle to slow the destruction of the environment must be waged in many arenas; we should be grateful that Greenpeace remains on the front line. Donna Seaman
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Global Spin - The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism
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Binding: Paperback: 336 pages

This text reveals the sophisticated techniques being used around the world by powerful conservative forces to try to change the way the public and politicians think about the environment. The author shows how large corporations are using their influence to reshape public opinion, to weaken gains made by environmentalists, and to turn politicians against increased environmental regulation.

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Who owns the sun? People politics and the struggle for the solar economy
SKU: wots/518/0000
Binding: Paperback: 350 pages

Daniel M. Berman & John T. O’Connor

Environmental activists Berman and O'Connor offer a scathing explanation of why solar technology has played such an insignificant role in meeting America's energy needs.

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Promising the Earth - Robert Lamb
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Published to mark the 25th anniversary of Friends of the Earth, Promising the Earth presents a vivid account of the experiences, achievements and expectations of Britain's first environmental pressure group. It reveals, for the first time, the inside story of pioneering environmental campaigns. Events covered in detail include: * anti-nuclear demonstrations at Windscale and Sellafield * countryside access and protection disputes * recent anti-road protests at Twyford Down and Newbury * major environmental disasters (Sea Empress etc.) Special features of Promising the Earth include: * Photos of campaign actions throughout text * Personal accounts of the trials and triumphs of campaigners and volunteers at local and national levels * Comment from influential personalities associated with different stages in FoE's history. At a time when environmental groups worldwide are taking stock after the Rio Earth Summit, Promising the Earth offers important lessons for green campaigners around the world as they face the challenges of the new millennium.


Published to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the Earth, this volume offers an account of the Green Movement. It presents an insight into the ups and downs of environmental campaigning within the context of modern events and attitudes. The inside story of Friends of the Earth's pioneering campaigns is revealed - from the anti-whaling campaigns of the 1970s through to the anti-road campaigns of the present. The narrative bears witness to the broader process still unfolding: the maturing of the environmental movement and the challenges that a highly uncertain new millenium holds for tomorrow's green campaigners. Features of the text include: coverage of specific campaigns, including Twyford Down, countryside access/protection, anti-whaling, fur trade, and anti-nuclear campaigns; a variety of illustrations and photographic art from cartoonist Steve Bell, artist Simon English and others; and news photographs of campaign actions, headline events and disasters.

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The Politics of Human Rights
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Binding: Paperback: 320 pages
Essays describing the political and philosophical underpinnings of the idea of human rights insisting that the campaign for human rights should account for the varied social and economic environments of different nation states.
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5 Days That Shook the World - Seattle and beyond
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Binding: Paperback: 144 pages
An account of the protest to stop the WTO's ministerial meeting in October 1999 by 50,000 Seattle trade unionists, environmentalists human rights advocates and farmers, examining issues the protest raised such as the WTO's undemocratic practice.
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Empowering the Earth
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Binding: Paperback: 288 pages
Written over eight years of involvement in Green politics, co-operative economics and non-violent direct action, this view of power as a dynamic process, binding people together and building institutions, distinguishes between power which threatens stability and that which enables natural living.
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Pollute and be damned
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Binding: Hardcover: 201 pages
In the short space of time since Dr Boune first conceived his book the grim implications of pollution have been spelt out to us all in the midst of proliferating articles, broadcasts, television features and lectures. This book is considered a blueprint to the saner and pleasanter world, which have thoughtful citizen is and is seeking.

The author makes specific proposals for a determined effort to bring about a new relationship between man and his environment, which he believed to be imperative.

If the outlook in the 1970s scene sombre Doctor Bourne a professional conservationist see real hope of better things in the long-term.

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Profiles in Power: The Antinuclear Movement and the Dawn of the Solar Age
SKU: pip/460/000
Binding: Hardcover: 249 pages

The antinuclear movement and the dawn of the solar age.

There is an inscription inside the book to Senator Bob Graham, dated 1997.

As the 21st century approaches, global warming and the shortage of petroleum will become inescapable reality is the end of the industrial world's oil binge, will lead to a scramble for 20 nonpolluting energy sources and the nuclear power industry will attempt repackage itself as a clean, efficient and viable energy provider. The energy and its dangers linked nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism, which have become a critical concern of the post-Cold War era of rogue nations necessitate an ever present antinuclear vigilance.

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The Natural Advantage by Alan Heeks
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Every company says that people are its greatest resource and sadly it's true - human resources are being exhausted and polluted as badly as natural resources. The Natural Advantage uses the evocative lessons of organic farming to show how individuals and organizations can achieve results whilst renewing, not degrading, their potential." The organic approach starts with ground condition: feeding the soil from which output grows naturally and sustainably. This means drawing energy from clean sources, like appreciation and inspiration, not from polluting pressures such as stress and fear. It means composting our problems so that waste becomes a major source of future growth - turning our negative feelings into constructive output. From crop rotation to the natural cycles of growth, to achieving real quality, Alan Heeks lays out the organic way to work more effectively.
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Another World is Possible William Fisher & T Ponniah
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Binding: Paperback: 384 pages

This book grew out of our shared interest in and commitment to the approaches of contemporary social movements to alternative visions of globalization. Our plans for the book emerged directly out of discussions around the methodological and theoretical challenges of studying global social movements. We wrestled with the questions of how to discuss, analyze and express the participatory character and multiple voices of large translocal movements, and how to choose case studies appropriate to informing an overall theory of social change in an era of globalization. We considered numerous cases including the Zapatistas, the new innovations in Cuba, and the Narmada Movement, but we discarded each for one reason or the other.

The impetus to focus on the World Social Forum (WSF) initially arose from discussions Thomas had with the great anti-apartheid activist and poet, Dennis Brutus who stayed in Worcester in the autumn of 2000 prior to taking up a visiting teaching post at Worcester State University. As we discussed Dennis' ideas and his account of the World Social Forum it became clear to us that the World Social Forum presented a challenging and exciting opportunity for the combination of research and political engagement that we valued.

As described by Dennis, the World Social Forum was an attempt to bring together radicals from all over the world to renew the process of envisioning another world. This process had been interrupted by the opening created for the right wing in the wake of the collapse of Soviet communism. But true to historical form, the imperial system's inherently exploitative nature, the self-destructiveness of the political-economic elite and the creativity of political activists, had once again established the conditions for a new counter-hegemonic vision to be built. The impossible was suddenly starting to look possible.

Neither of us was able to go to the first Forum but we followed it closely. When it ended we looked forward to the release of a publication from the Forum, outlining what had been proposed, discussed, agreed and critiqued. Unfortunately no English compilation appeared. Later, preparing to go the next WSF to initiate his doctoral research, Thomas proposed that we edit a book of the key documents that would be discussed at the second Forum. We agreed from the start that all the profits from such a book should go towards organizing future Forums.

On January 10, 2001, Thomas arrived in Porto Alegre and worked with the WSF Secretariat for that first month. In late February he officially proposed the book project to the WSF Organizing Committee. The Committee encouraged us to do the book: they promised to provide English translations of all the documents and they assigned two Committee members to provide any help that we needed. They also clarified that we could not speak in the name of the Forum, the Organizing Committee or the International Council. Any analysis of the documents that we wrote would be strictly our responsibility. Over the months of the internship Thomas had the privilege of listening and dialoguing with a number of the activists and intellectuals involved in the Organizing Committee and the International Council. He circulated summaries and analyses to them and received many insightful clarifications, comments and critical questions. He also had the opportunity to listen in on many of the debates that took place within the International Council. In solidarity, we dedicate this book to a more just, democratic and sustainable world and to the Organizing Committee, the International Council, and activists like Dennis Brutus, who aspire to it

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Beyond Malthus: The Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge
SKU: bm/262/000
Binding: Paperback: 168 pages

Countries which have experienced rapid population growth in the last few decades of the 20th century are showing signs of strain. Overwhelmed by the need to educate children, create jobs, provide health care and deal with environmental effects, governments often cannot cope. This work offers solutions for these countries, and seeks to put the population back into the development equation where it belongs.

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Liberty or Death - early struggles for parlimentary democracy
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Binding: Paperback: 192 pages
This work chronicles the movement for parliamentary reform in the latter part of the 18th century. It is a history seen through the eyes of two very different reformers: Thomas Hardy, a Scottish shoemaker who moved to London in 1792 and founded the London Corresponding Society - a political society for working men, and John Cartwright, who came from the landed gentry and founded the Society for Constitutional Information - whose members were educated and from the middle and upper classes. These two only met once and the author traces their interweaving activities against a background of political, social and economic change. Thomas Hardy was imprisoned for treason for demanding the right of working man to vote. The treason trials of 1794 were directed against both societies, although John Cartwright himself was not imprisoned.
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Battle for the environment
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Binding: Paperback: 288 pages

Great Britain, Fontana, 1972. 1st Paperback Edition, Binding: Softcover, Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Paperback The author examines the social and political machinery governing these processes and argues that conservation is the organisation of change as much as resistance to change. With the aid of case studies on such problems as roads, traffic, lorries in towns, the battle of the London ringways and conservation in town and country, he makes clear that what is done to our enviornment should not lie solely with the decision makers - the planners, architects, local councils or even the Department of the Enviorment.

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Beyond the Rainbow Warrior - Greenpeace
SKU: btrw/000/000
Binding: Hardcover: 144 pages

This collection of stories has been commissioned by Michael Morpurgo to celebrate 25 years of Greenpeace. Embracing a wide variety of subjects on an environmental theme, the contributing authors include such names as New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, Australia's Paul Jennings, and the British writers Anthony Horowitz, Joan Aiken and James Riordan. The list of illustrators, commissioned by Michael Foreman, includes Quentin Blake, Francois Place, Louise Brierly and Gary Blythe. The stories range from a tale of a remote New Zealand forest to the legend of the original Rainbow Warrior, and their combined message is an appeal to people of every age, race and creed - to protect our fragile and beautiful world.Fully illustrated 144 page hardback with dustjacket published by Pavilion - 1st UK edition.

Absolute minimal age tone, d/j unclipped, no inscription.

Offers nine magical stories by Anthony Horowitz, Joan Aiken, Michael Morpurgo, Margaret Mahy, and others to encourage environmental awareness. This collection of stories on an environmental theme is published to celebrate the 25th birthday of Greenpeace.

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Confessions of an Eco Warrior
SKU: 090106/578/0000
Binding: Hardcover: 228 pages

This is a first edition hardback signed by the author Dave Foreman the cofounder of Earth First!

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Seeing Green - The Politics of Ecology Explained- Jonathan Porritt - signed first edition
SKU: sg/346/000
Binding: Paperback: 246 pages

The author outlines the effects of the upsurge in green politics. - used first edition signed by the author - Jonathan Porritt, March 1985

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The Limits to Growth 1972
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The headline making report on the imminent global disaster facing humanity on what we can do about it before time runs out. This groundbreaking book was written in 1972. First printing of a paperback book October 1972. Donella H. Meadows.
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Future Human Evolution - Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century
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Evolutionary selection has been radically relaxed in the human species as a result of the development of civilization, science in general, and medicine in particular. While these advances have hugely benefited current populations, they have to a significant degree released the species from the biological process which created it and maintains its viability. Formerly, natural selection took place largely as a result of differential mortality, but now that most people survive well beyond their child bearing years, selection is determined largely by differential fertility. Aside from genetic illnesses, this new selection is also characterized by a negative correlation between fertility and intelligence–the core of eugenic concern for over a century.

Eugenics views itself as the fourth leg of the chair of civilization, the other three being a) a thrifty expenditure of natural resources, b) mitigation of environmental pollution, and c) maintenance of a human population not exceeding the planet’s carrying capacity. Eugenics, which can be thought of as human ecology, is thus part and parcel of the environmental movement. Humanity is defined, not as the totality of the currently living population, but as the number of people who will potentially ever live. This is a book about the struggle for human rights and parental responsibility.

John Glad is a retired professor of Russian studies, having taught at Rutgers University, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the University of Maryland. He is also the former Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C. A Guggenheim grant recipient, he is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books, some of which have been honored in the American Book Awards. Future Human Evolution is part of his long-standing work on behalf of human rights, in this case of future generations.

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The Ethical Investor
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Ethical investment is the fastest growing area in the investment field. More and more people want their savings to help people in the environment, as well as to increase invalue. Ethical investments have actually produced a better financial reward than conventional alternative investments. How do you chos the right ethical unit trust? "The Ethical Investor" is a practical guide that aims to answer such questions and make ethical investment as easy, and as accessible to as many people as possible. With 15 years experience in the City, most of it as an investment manager, the author has tried to strip away the unnecessary financial jargon that baffles so many, and write a book that is both authoritative and clear.

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Green Warriors - the people and the politics behind the envoronmental revolution
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Binding: Paperback: 331 pages

Book description - As the century comes to a close and we begin to comprehend the scale and brutality of our assaults on the planet, environmentalists are on the march as never before. All around the world their organizations are beginning to be taken seriously as the need for a new global order establishes itself in the public imagination. But who are these environmental activists and how have they won their position of power? In "Green Warriors" Fred Pearce probes the origins, philosophies and motivations of this handful of campaigners whose activities increasingly dominate the political agenda. He looks at the people behind the worldwide network of environmental groups: the lawyers, engineers and media professionals who gave up lucrative careers for the low-paid excitement of the green movement; the radical priests and their green flocks fighting land barons who turned forests into low-grade pasture across Latin America; the angry scientist driven to public platforms to explain their fears for the future of the planet. And, with Greenpeace a billion-dollar organization claiming that ecology could become the first "science-religion", Fred Pearce asks where the green movement is going and suggests how it might fashion its agenda for the 90s and beyond.

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Where Division Ends: On Feeling at Home in Chaos (Paperback)
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Binding: Paperback: 160 pages
In this book of essays Maurice Ash unpicks the fallacy of fragmented and compartmentalized knowledge. Although each essay stands alone, the underlying theme is to unequivocally expose the inherent falsehood of Cartesian dualism. From Ash’s perspective, the deep cause that lies at the root of the multiple crises facing Western societies is the split between self and the world, between subject and object, the observer and the observed.

With his powerful arrows of Buddhist logic, he hits two targets. First, there is no Self separate from the World. It is the notion of the Self which has given birth to self-centred, self-seeking, selfish and egotistical individualism. Only by moving away from the illusion of Self can we embrace the reality of community. “The world is constituted of the relationships of relationships”, says the author. The second target Ash aims to demolish is the notion of metaphysics, which gives birth to idealism, utopianism, communism and all the other isms. For the author, reality is in the here and the now—it is in the way we live our everyday life.

In Maurice Ash’s view, the way out of our predicament is simple; look at the world and see it whole. Only within that whole can we nurture a sense of place and a sense of community. Community, by nature, has to be of a human scale. In other words, small is beautiful.
Maurice Ash has been Chairman of the Town and Country Planning Association, The Dartington Hall Trust in Devon and The Green Alliance. He has written some half-dozen books, of which this is the last.
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Empires of Nature and the Nature of Empires: Imperilaism, Scotland and the Environment (Paperback)
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Originally delivered as the Callander Lectures at the University of Aberdeen in 1995, this is a survey of the historiography of the environmental history of the British Empire, suggesting new modes of analysis and connections with the Scottish experience. Environmental history has grown considerably as an area of historical study. This historiography offers opportunities for the globalizing of human history in relation to its natural context. Within this field, some of the major studies have emerged in relation to the British Empire, examining the environmental effects of the social and economic impact of imperialism in the various continents of the world. The book undertakes a survey of this literature. It examines a wide range of research and publications, and divides them into the apocalyptic, the neo-whiggish and the longer-perspective schools. The author takes some of the contributors to task for their analytical excesses, and makes suggestions for the future direction of the field. In doing so, it draws parallels with current environmental issues. It also connects studies of the environment to the Scottish experience, and the dominance of the Scots in the relevant agencies of the British Empire.
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Animals Like Us (Practical Ethics Series) (Paperback)
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Foot-and-mouth and mad-cow disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities, subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations. Chickens hanging by their necks on conveyor belts, caged pigs with sores, bloated dead sheep with their legs in the air, mutilated dogs waiting to die after undergoing horrendous experiments in the name of science or just product-testing - these are some of the images that illustrate the indifference of a consumerist society to the suffering of animals. Few are willing to recognize that the packaged, sanitized supermarket meat that materializes on their dinner tables every day is the result of an industrial process involving unimaginable pain and suffering. We would be horrified if our pets were harmed, yet every day we eat animals that have been tortured and executed. Mark Rowlands claims that it is simply unjust to harm animals. As conscious, sentient beings, biologically continuous with humans, they have interests that cannot simply be disregarded. Using simple principles of justice, he argues that animals have moral rights, and examines the consequences of this claim in the contexts of vegetar
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Animal (FOCI)
SKU: a/388/000
Binding: Paperback: 192 pages
From the pet that we live with and care for, to news items such as animal cloning, and the use of various creatures in film, television and advertising, animals are a constant presence in our lives. "Animal" is a timely overview of the many ways in which we live with animals, and assesses many of the paradoxes of our relationships with them: for example, why is the pet that sits by the dinner table never for eating? Examining novels such as "Charlotte's Web", films such as "Old Yeller" and "Babe", science and advertising, fashion and philosophy, "Animal" also evaluates the ways in which we think about animals and challenges a number of the assumptions we hold. Why is it, for example, that animals are such a constant presence in children's literature? And what does it mean to wear fake fur? Is fake fur an ethical avoidance of animal suffering, or merely a sanitized version of the unacceptable use of animals as clothing? Neither evangelical nor proselytizing, "Animal" invites the reader to think beyond the boundaries of a subject that has a direct effect on our day-to-day lives.
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The Market System - what it is? How it works? what to make of it
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The collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war have made the terms communism and capitalism seem obsolete. Instead, we have the "market system." Russia's deteriorating, gangster-driven economy has been labeled a market system. So has Britain's so-called third way. At the same time, the excesses of globalism and the growing power of corporations, the depletion of natural resources and the degradation of the environment, challenges to welfare, and unprecedented prosperity have all been attributed to the market system. Lindblom's goal is to reconcile these discrepancies. A professor emeritus at Yale University, Lindblom neither "celebrates" nor "deplores" the market system; he hopes to have us understand it. He defines the market system as the organization or coordination of "activities not through governmental planning but through the mutual interactions of buyers and sellers" and explains that it encompasses labor, agricultural, capital, consumer, and business markets. As Lindblom makes these abstractions more concrete, he also catalogs the benefits and liabilities of the market system.
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Procurement Routes for Partnering - A Practical Guide
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This book is aimed at those who want to apply or improve the application of partnering in the construction and heavy engineering industries to their projects. It focuses on procurement aspects based on the premise that unless the commercial and contractual conditions align objectives, there is little stimulus to change the culture and integrate processes and teams to achieve the outstanding results that can be attained through partnering. This invaluable book presents detailed information about the partnering and procurement process, which will lead to better delivery of construction projects. More specifically Procurement routes for partnering looks at: A practical model for applying partnering in your projects. The principles and tools - as well as a generic process for developing any procurement strategy. A review of traditional contractual arrangements; when to use them and their suitability for partnering. The concepts, process and mechanisms for developing a balanced incentive plan. Specific considerations when using incentives to improve time, quality, performance in use, service and/or health and safety. The ten key implementation points when using target and reimbursable contracts. When to use alliances - both project and strategic, and their key implementation points from a procurement perspective.Written in accessible language and using accelerated learning techniques to promote comprehension and retention, Procurement Routes for Partnering translates leading edge thinking and academic rigour to the level of practical application. It is a 'must read' for any construction professional involved in setting up a partnering relationship.
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Capitalism As If The World Matters
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Binding: Hardcover: 304 pages
As our great economic machine grinds relentlessly forward into a future of declining fossil fuel supplies, climate change and ecosystem failure, humanity, by necessity, is beginning to question the very structure of the economy that has provided so much wealth, and inequity, across the world. In this fresh, politically charged analysis, Jonathon Porritt wades in on the most pressing question of the 21st century – can capitalism, as the only real economic game in town, be retooled to deliver a sustainable future? Porritt argues that indeed it can and it must as he lays out the framework for a new ‘sustainable capitalism’ that cuts across the political divide and promises a prosperous future of wealth, equity and ecosystem integrity.
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An Inconvenient Truth - Al Gore
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Binding: Paperback: 336 Pages
The truth about the climate crisis is an inconvenient one that means we are going to have to change the way we live our lives. Our climate crisis may at times appear to be happening slowly, but in fact it has become a true planetary emergency and we must recognise that we are facing a crisis. So why is it that some leaders seem not to hear the clarion warnings? Are they resisting the truth because they know that the moment they acknowledge it, they will face a moral imperative to act? Is it simply more convenient to ignore the warnings? Perhaps, but inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen, rather, their significance grows. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, has been a passionate advocate of action to halt climate change for many years. In "An Inconvenient Truth" Gore writes about the urgent need to solve the problems of climate change, presenting comprehensive facts and information on all aspects of global warming in a direct, thoughtful and compelling way,using explanatory diagrams and dramatic photos to clarify and highlight key issues. The book has been described in the "New York Times" as one which could 'push awareness of global warming to a real tipping point'. The documentary film of the same name, based on the book, premiered at this year's Sundance Festival to great acclaim.
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