To celebrate Earth Day 2015 on April 22, we’re giving our customers the gift of a cacao tree with purchases of specially selected Greenleaf Publishing eBooks, in support of a Treedom reforestation project in Cameroon.
We sat down with Filippo Taccetti and Niccolo Giordano from Treedom to ask them some questions about their initiative on behalf of our readers.
We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Treedom to give Greenleaf customers the gift of a cacao tree when they purchase any of the following specially selected eBooks, in celebration of Earth Day 2015:
- Base of the Pyramid 3.0: Sustainable Development through Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Fernando Casado Caneque and Stuart L. Hart)
- Changing the Food Game: Market Transformation Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture (Lucas Simons)
- The Responsible Fashion Company: Integrating Ethics and Aesthetics in the Value Chain (Francesca Romana Rinaldi and Salvo Testa)
by Dr. Katrin Muff
Different ways of occupying…
As we will consider in this month’s blog, there are different ways of occupying that middle ground between the personal space each of us feel responsible for, and societal best interests. The collective space called “we” can be used to uplift individuals to act together for a better common future, or it can be hijacked by individuals or special interest groups to occupy or “blockupy” the collective space pressing their issues – for better, or worse, as we shall see below, and not necessarily in the interest of the greater common good.
by Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.
John F. Kennedy
Recap – January Blog
Last month Katrin discussed the “zero decade” – a term used by Naomi Klein to describe our dwindling opportunity to take action to keep human-created climate change in check. Katrin conveyed how we might avoid an unmitigated global disaster. She outlined three levels of global responsibility including the individual (I), the collective (we) and the societal (us). She suggested focusing on how we might effectively occupy that middle space– the “we”.
“Thinking the Twenty-First Century is a magnificent, unruly, exuberant book.” – Richard Little
Tony Judt, in the valedictory conversations with Timothy Snyder whose title is echoed in this book, said that the task of the public intellectual in the face of growing global insecurities would no longer be ‘to imagine better worlds but rather to think how to prevent worse ones’. There is no way out, ‘the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant’ and it is all we can hope for that a handful will survive to start again.
And yet – both books, by their very existence, suggest the contrary – that, in extremis, it is faith in a better world in a distant and unknowable future that validates a life – that there is no reason to suppose that there is a shortage of better worlds to come.
Of course, some of those better worlds may not feature Facebook and buttered crumpets. It remains to be seen whether we will be dragged screaming and kicking to a sustainable economy by an angry earth, or achieve it through reason and collaboration. This book is all for the latter and offers us a comprehensive a guide to the ideas that will help us do it. Continue reading
NOTE: This post by Dr Katrin Muff is a continuation of ‘The Transatlantic Debate Blog, a series of articles published in 2014 forming a conversation between Katrin Muff and Kathy Miller Perkins on business sustainability. For more information and to read the posts, please click here.
Activists have come to call our current decade the “zero decade” – the decade in which we have the power to decide if we take action to keep human-made global warming within the relatively safe two degrees, or if we let the climate head off into spheres where the only certainty is that life will dramatically change for the generations after us. Is there anything we can do? Is there anything I can do?
I recently spent 40 hours on a train across India and took the time to read Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything book on climate change and what it will take for us to remain within the required two-degree temperature limit. Well, nothing short of getting rid of the capitalist system as we have come to know it! How? Nothing short of a revolution and global social unrest, she says. I don’t like social unrest – for many reasons – and I am sure I am not alone. The alternative? What if there is none?
GSE Research and Greenleaf Publishing is bringing its Greenleaf Online Library (GOL) collection to Ethiopia and Mozambique for the first time.
The resource is being made available to the universities, research institutions and governments of each country through the publisher’s partnership with INASP; an international development charity that works to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.
GOL covers topics including sustainability, responsible business, business ethics, corporate governance, development economics and environmental management. The latest version of the collection contains more than 4,000 individually tagged chapters, articles, case studies and reports drawn from nearly 300 books and journal issues, published by independent specialist Greenleaf Publishing and partners including the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), UN Global Compact and Geneva Association.
Director John Peters said: ‘We’re delighted to be working in partnership with INASP to make our content more widely available in developing countries. It was one of the reasons I wanted to start this business, and make it a success. We are trying to make the world a bit better by what we do.’
For more information about GSE Research and Greenleaf Publishing, please visit www.gseresearch.com.
To find out more about INASP, please see www.inasp.info.