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Industrial capitalism is broken. The signs, which transcend national ideologies, are everywhere: climate change; ecological overshoot; financial exhaustion; fraying social safety nets; corporate fraud; government deceit; civic unrest; terrorism; and war. But there is hope. This book tells how transformation is taking root in the corporate world - the last place many of us would look for solutions.

The book tells the stories of seven exceptional companies. Their shared secret is a new mental model of the firm that is the virtual opposite of industrial capitalism. Each company, if not already a household name, is a significant player within their industry and, crucially, has outperformed their competitors. Lessons can be learned.

It works like this. Instead of modeling themselves on the assumed efficiency of machines - a thought process that emerged during the industrial age - these firms model themselves on living systems. Firms with open, ethical, inclusive traditions - where employees have a voice and a stake in what happens - have a distinct advantage over traditionally managed companies where most decisions are made at the top.

Understanding that everything of value ultimately arises from life, they place a higher value on living assets (people and Nature) than they do on non-living capital assets. The energy they invest in stewarding those assets - a practice described in the book as living asset stewardship (LAS) - is transformative.

Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing in association with GSE Research

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Free Content Preliminary Material
pp. i-xv(15)

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Introduction
pp. 1-15(15)

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Changing paradigms
pp. 16-43(28)

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The power of the network
pp. 44-66(23)

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Management by means
pp. 67-87(21)

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Conservation of resources
pp. 88-111(24)

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Openness
pp. 112-133(22)

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Sense of purpose
pp. 134-156(23)

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Consciousness
pp. 157-177(21)

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Toward industrial symbiosis
pp. 178-197(20)

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pp. 217-233(17)

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