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The New Possible: Visions of Our World beyond Crisis Paperback – 26 January 2021
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- Publisher : Cascade Books (26 January 2021)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 298 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1725285835
- ISBN-13 : 978-1725285835
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.91 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 91,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Some of the finest minds on our planet, coming together to offer a vision of how we might actually get through the difficult decades ahead--and get through them in style!"
--Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
About the Author
Kelli M. Archie is the senior science advisor at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a native of Colorado. Her previous research addresses climate change adaptation in the United States, the Indian Himalayas, Vanuatu, and New Zealand. Kelli currently lives on the side of a ski run high in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Tim, and their four young daughters.
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Arresting our attention from the start, Kim Stanley Robinson contributes a Foreword that places the content of the book in focus: ‘With the appearance of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic there is now broad general recognition that we have entered an emergency century, a crux in human history. Whether we respond well or poorly will have huge ramifications for future generations of people and for the biosphere at large. From our current moment we could be initiating a mass extinction event that will hammer the biosphere and civilization both, or we could be starting the process of establishing a prosperous and just global society that will be sustainable over the long haul of the centuries to come…So in this very perilous situation, we need plans. That’s the important task this book is joining. The editors have divided the general problem and its possible solutions into particular categories and asked experts in these fields to explore their visions of change for the better…these detailed and meticulous visions for positive change will be very useful going forward...they add up to a vision.’
The twenty-eight essays are divided into the following categories – Earth, Us, Change, Wealth, Work, Food, Education, Love, Community, and Tomorrow – each essay a fascinating, original, thought provoking suggestion for not only coping with now, but also adopting a positive stance as to participating in change.
Reading and absorbing these wise essays provides an antidote for the current generalized sense of hopeless malaise and even fear that seems to rule the moment. In the closing essay by David C. Korten he states, ‘Our future depends on reconnecting to life and the whole of Earth’s community with a deepening understanding of ourselves and our relationship to one another…Interdependence and mutual care – not individualism and competition – must define our relationships.’
Wise visions from a collection of people who care, this book is a must read for all of us – an invitation to positive action! Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, October 20
I felt The New Possibilities: Visions of Our World beyond Crisis represents a socialist view to getting results they want. Since the major of this view would discourage capitalism, I find fault with this view. You may gain in one area, but give up more in others. I truly believe more blacks would be killed if the police were defunded and there were less to help. Who will be there when they are in an accident, their house is being robbed, or their child comes up missing? I did not care for the majority of the authors.
Focusing on the book, it is extremely interesting, since it analyzes and discusses, through great world leaders, what our future situations and new possibilities could be. The book is based on a wide variety of essays that discuss a very interesting topic about how everything will be in a post-pandemic era, and that show a diversity of opinions and thoughts about the subject that will make you think.
A book that, without a doubt, I recommend 100%.