The Necessary Revolution

How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World

By Peter M. Senge; Bryan Smith; Nina Kruschwitz
(Broadway Business, Hardcover, 9780385519014, 406pp.)

Publication Date: June 10, 2008

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Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. Where buildings need less and less energy around the world, and where "regenerative" commercial buildings - ones that create more energy than they use - are being designed. A world in which environmentally sound products and processes would be more cost-effective than wasteful ones. A world in which corporations such as Costco, Nike, BP, and countless others are forming partnerships with environmental and social justice organizations to ensure better stewardship of the earth and better livelihoods in the developing world. Now, stop imagining - that world is already emerging.
A revolution is underway in today's organizations. As Peter Senge and his co-authors reveal in "The Necessary Revolution," companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end "business as usual" tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. There is a long way to go, but the era of denial has ended. Today's most innovative leaders are recognizing that for the sake of our companies and our world, we must implement revolutionary--not just incremental--changes in the way we live and work.
Brimming with inspiring stories from individuals and organizations tackling social and environmental problems around the globe, THE NECESSARY REVOLUTION reveals how ordinary people at every level are transforming their businesses and communities. By working collaboratively across boundaries, they are exploring and putting into place unprecedented solutions that move beyond just being "less bad" to creating pathways that will enable us to flourish in an increasingly interdependent world. Among the stories in these pages are the evolution of Sweden's "Green Zone," Alcoa's water use reduction goals, GE's ecoimagination initiative, and Seventh Generation's decision to shift some of their advertising to youth-led social change programs.
At its heart, THE NECESSARY REVOLUTION contains a wealth of strategies that individuals and organizations can use -- specific tools and ways of thinking -- to help us build the confidence and competence to respond effectively to the greatest challenge of our time. It is an essential guidebook for all of us who recognize the need to act and work together--now--to create a sustainable world, both for ourselves and for the generations to follow.




About the Author
PETER M. SENGE is the founding chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning and a senior lecturer at MIT. He is the co-author of "The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, The Dance of Change," and "Schools That Learn "(part of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series)" "and has lectured extensively throughout the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bryan Smith is a northern California attorney based in Sacramento with a life-long love of science-fiction. "Feral Planet" marks the first in the "Colonel Landry" space adventure series. From a teenager, Bryan Smith has been an avid fan of science-fiction literature and film. His favorite science-fiction writers, in alphabetical surname order, are the grand masters Poul Anderson, James Blish, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Phillip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Richard Matheson, Andre Norton, H. Beam Piper, Frank M. Robinson, and Clifford D. Simak. He was a regular childhood fan of the original "Star Trek" and "Outer Limits" television series. "Feral Planet" is the first in the "Colonel Landry" space adventure series. Other novels in the series scheduled for release are: --Dome of Slavery --Final Battle --In Search of Kronos --Amira, Warrior Queen of Cruciba The novels are published by Phoenixe Press, an imprint of the author. www.phoenixepress.net The author has established Phoenixe Press with the intent of providing a revitalization of the classic Space Opera genre. CLICK THE "FOLLOW" BUTTON ON AUTHOR PAGE The author thanks those readers who have posted favorable reviews of his work. He encourages those who would like to receive email notification of future books to click the Follow button on the Author's page.




Praise For The Necessary Revolution

Acclaim for The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, Honored As One of The Five Greatest Business Books of All Time by The Financial Times

“A management classic.” –Boston Globe

“One of the seminal management books of the past seventy-five years.”—Harvard Business Review

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