Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The Ecology of Commerce
By Paul Hawken
[From the beginning, our study group has instited that all economies are subsets of the ecosystem, and the problems of both capitalism and socialism require Green solutions. Following is a comment from an Amazon review, but the comment that follows includes a review by Ivan Handler, one of our founders, that grew out of the study groups's discussion.]
'Paul Hawken, the entrepreneur behind the Smith & Hawken gardening supplies empire, is no ordinary capitalist. Drawing as much on Baba Ram Dass and Vaclav Havel as he does on Peter Drucker and WalMart for his case studies, Hawken is on a one-man crusade to reform our economic system by demanding that First World businesses reduce their consumption of energy and resources by 80 percent in the next 50 years. As if that weren't enough, Hawken argues that business goals should be redefined to embrace such fuzzy categories as whether the work is aesthetically pleasing and the employees are having fun; this applies to corporate giants and mom-and-pop operations alike. He proposes a culture of business in which the real world, the natural world, is allowed to flourish as well, and in which the planet's needs are addressed. Wall Street may not be ready for Hawken's provocative brand of environmental awareness, but this fine book is full of captivating ideas.'
Posted by Carl Davidson at 4:27 PM