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Topic 5: Conscious Capitalism and Beyond

Sacred economics - Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being


Note: New ideas about money and the gift economy from radical thinker Charles Eisenstein




Net Positive - Paul Polman and Andrew Winston

In this seminal book, former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and sustainable business guru Andrew Winston explode fifty years of corporate dogma. To thrive today and tomorrow, they argue, companies must become “net positive”—giving more to the world than they take. Net Positive sets out the principles and practices that will deliver the scale of change and transformation the world so desperately needs



Note: a rallying cry to business to attend to multiple stakeholders and long term value creation




Doughnut Economics - Kate Rawlings

The great mistake of economics, argues Raworth of Oxford university’s Environmental Change Institute, is thinking of the economy as separate from the society of which it is part and the environment in which it is embedded. She is right… and this is an admirable attempt to broaden the horizons of economic thinking


Note: a guide to broadening economic systems and take down of the ways in which the current systems fail society




Re-imagining capitalism in a world on fire - Rebecca Henderson

Free market capitalism is one of humanity's greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short.


Note: the author is a Harvard professor debunking prevailing orthodoxy about capitalism




Flourish - Michael Pawlyn and Sarah Ichioka

What will it take to restore balance to our world? How can we repair our devastated environments, and secure future generations’ survival? And what’s the key to unlock the mindset shift to enable truly regenerative transformation?







Human Permaculture Life Design for Resilient Living- Bernard Alonso and Cécile Guiochon

Human Permaculture is a powerful, forward-thinking guide that uses permaculture principles of ecological design rooted in people care, Earth care, and fair share for redesigning your life and community to align with the resources available on the planet.







Rewild - Nick Baker

As our busy, technology-driven lives become more sedentary and less connected to wildlife, it is important to remember the natural, human connection we have to the wilderness


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