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“In the past, many believed you either went into ‘public service’ to do good, or you ‘went into business’ to make money. Few realized that the long-term success of business depends on serving people, not making money. Few realized that perhaps the best way to serve the public was through free enterprise. Whole Foods Market founder John Mackey, visionary thinker Michael Strong, micro lender Muhammad Yunus, and a few others understand these truths. Be the Solution is the best single book to read to understand the emerging ways in which entrepreneurs can change the world.”
What if the distinction between business and doing good vanished? What if all those who engaged in business were committed to a deeper purpose, and all those committed to doing good were entrepreneurial and enterprising? What would it take for a world of seven billion such people to solve all the world’s problems?
More and more people are looking for meaning and purpose in their lives as employees, as consumers, and as investors. More and more people have more than enough material goods and are more interested in the qualities of the goods they buy; in the experiences associated with the services they provide and buy; in the way the companies they buy from act as citizens; and in self-actualization—rising up Maslow’s hierarchy. As an increasing percentage of the population reaches the point at which they no longer need more stuff, what will they do, how will they live their lives?
If you are one of these people, wondering where to go from here, how to “be the solution” in the twenty-first century, Be the Solution provides an original perspective on how to create a better world. Focused entirely on entrepreneurial and Conscious Capitalist solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing humanity, Be the Solution shows how the entrepreneurial passion to create a better world, in combination with Conscious Capitalist business practices, can solve far more of the world’s problems than any other approach.
In combination with leading Conscious Capitalists such as John Mackey writing on “Conscious Capitalism,” leading social entrepreneurs such as Muhammad Yunus writing on “Social Business,” and leading legal reform experts such as Hernando de Soto writing on “Is Economic Freedom for Everyone?,” entrepreneurial educator Michael Strong lays out a philosophical, social, and legal framework for a FLOW vision through which all problems may be solved entrepreneurially.
FLOW, Inc., is an organization cofounded by John Mackey and Michael Strong to promote Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow as optimal experience—the state in which we are so immersed in challenging, creative activity that we forget that time is passing. To be engaged in flow activities is happiness itself. Whether we are creators of enterprises or entrepreneurially creative within our life as employees, we can embody the entrepreneurial spirit and, in the words of Michelangelo, “criticize by creating.”
In addition, FLOW refers to the global flow of goods, services, capital, humans, ideas, and culture, in a positive win-win-win world based on love rather than fear. Combining the best of the positive psychology and human potential movements with the best of free market thinking, FLOW offers a unique perspective on how to Be the Solution in the twenty-first century.
“Michael Strong’s “Be the Solution” is one of those paradigm-changers like “Think and Grow Rich”… it’s as if “Grow Rich With Peace of Mind” was Napolean Hill’s first book!Starting from the point that life on Earth really isn’t as bad off — with statistics! — as the gloom and doom politicians and media make it out to be, Michael and his fellow FLOW entrepreneurs share a vision for the positive transformation of the world… starting today, with you.Read this book… and you’ll create enough monetary and inner wealth in your life that neither you nor any hundred of your friends and family will ever have to steal it!”
By featuring more than sixty projects that embrace the popular eco-ethic, Emily Anderson takes the DIY genre to every room in the house. From detailed instructions on turning old sweaters into hand-knotted rugs to tips on assessing local thrift shops and estate sales, Anderson makes re-styling a home practical and fresh at a very low cost. Projects encourage first-time crafters and DIY pros alike to use repurposed items such as old lamps, extra sheets, and mismatched dishes to create new décor. Turn old bed pillows into stylish floor cushions, teacups into candles (soy wax only, please!), and old fabric into festive holiday garlands.
Creative and resourceful domestic advice throughout inspires readers to shop local consignment stores, raid grandma’s closet, and recycle a home’s excess clutter through craigslist or garage sales. Eco-Chic Home proves that with a little ingenuity and thoughtful changes, everything old can be new again.
This book also has a smooth layout and design, but I only wish there were more photographs. The ones that are included are great and make me want to make those things! But not every project has a picture to go with it. It would have been nice if there were at least a little photo with each project.
All-in-all this is a fabulous book that everyone should have as a home reference. I for one am excited to make my two favorites: magazine holders from cereal boxes, and a drawer organizer from an old muffin tin!”
Green is in with more and more architects, store planners and visual merchandisers who are turning to green solutions to satisfy both eco-aware retailers and their knowledgeable shoppers. But green retail not only makes environmental sense; it also makes dollars. Knowing no borders, the green movement is sweeping across continents and affecting store design. In this new title, Martin M. Pegler takes you on a world tour of assorted retail environments. From top designer boutiques to outdoor experiences. From markets and food halls to dining spaces. From showrooms and exhibits to store windows. Green Retail Design showcases LEED certified stores, as well as those that are reusing, repurposing, reclaiming and recycling in other ways. Here is the first look at the future of store design.
Imagine if your best friend gave you vital information that could protect you and your family, and save you money, and help the planet. Imagine if you were given clear, simple choices, small changes that could have a big impact on your life. And you could still wear leather shoes and deodorant. You’d listen, right?
Well, think of Today show contributor Sloan Barnett as that friend. A mother of three, a dedicated consumer advocate, Sloan gives us a fast, simple, down-toearth primer on the ways our homes are making us sick, and what we can all do to transform them into the safe sanctuaries we want and need them to be.
Sloan exposes the toxic truth behind the household products we use every day — from laundry detergent to toothpaste to lipstick. She explains how these and other seemingly benign stuff can harm us and our children. She offers an array of alternatives, and inspires us to see that we’re never helpless: Every day, we have the power to make better, smarter, safer choices.
Packed with common sense and sass, product picks and practical tips, Green Goes With Everything is for everyone who wants to live a healthier life.
“I found Green Goes With Everything to be a witty, practical read that gives simple information on what toxins are, why they are relevant, and how to get them out of your home and body. The thing I love so much about this book is that it is written in a way that makes it simple to take action. It is informative without being preachy. It is detailed without being overwhelming. The author ends each chapter with five green “hot tips”. If we all implement just one tip from each chapter we all will be contributing to a healthier planet, a healthier home and a healthier body!”
There is a revolution going on in America—a green revolution. The latest front is the home, as households across the country adopt new ways to keep their homes clean and healthy—and ways to do it that are good for the environment. Green Clean is the definitive, step-by-step guide to cleaning better while using nontoxic, eco-friendly products. Room by room and stain by stain, Green Clean breaks environmentally conscious cleaning into simple principles and easily mastered techniques that let readers set their own goals and develop their own cleaning plan. Also included are recipes for safe, simple, and economic cleaning solutions and the lowdown on the best eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today. Green Clean is an indispensable reference for today’s home.
“I loved this book, I am now working on being GREEN in every area of my life! I have made some of the cleaners and they are FABULOUS!!!!”
“This only the second book on “green clean” that I have bought in the last few years. It will get you started on making your own safe cleaning products. I have to say that many do actually work better than their supermarket counterparts!”
Disaster-proof, environmentally friendly housing solutions for a changing climate.
How can we adequately provide housing when disaster strikes, whether that disaster is weather related, like hurricanes, floods, and droughts, happens in a matter of minutes from an earthquake or tsunami, through a slow process like rising sea levels, or is the result of civil disorder or poverty? There is an urgent need for safe, sustainable housing designs that are cheap to build, environmentally friendly, and hardy enough to withstand severe environmental conditions. Not only is there climate change to contend with, but there are millions of people, right now, who do not have safe or adequate housing.
In Urgent Architecture Bridgette Meinhold showcases 40 successful emergency and long-term housing projects—from repurposed shipping containers to sandbag homes. She surveys successful structures as well as highlighting promising projects that are still being developed. Every one is quickly deployable, affordable, and sustainable. This book is an essential resource for those who are interested in green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordable housing, material reuse, and humanitarian relief.
“I love this book! With beautiful photos and concise, clear writing, ‘Urgent Architecture’ showcases ingenious emergency housing designs in a straightforward, understandable and appealing way. While so many architecture books are overly academic, dry, and full of jargon, Meinhold’s book is relatable, interesting and intelligently-written, persuasively making the case for a new type of resilient housing design that anticipates and withstands both natural and man-made disasters.”
Flip the switch to energy-efficient lighting
This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving the quality of the lighting. Filled with step-by-step instructions, Green Lighting shows you how to save money and energy with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lighting (CFL), solar lights, windows, skylights, fixtures, controls, and other bright ideas. Methods for calculating return on investment, plus recommended sources for energy-efficient products, are included in this practical resource. Green Lighting covers:
• Color temperature measurements
• In-depth details on the differences between LEDs and CFLs
• How utilities bill for electricity usage
• Comparing wattage and determining energy savings
• ENERGY STAR® ratings
• Purchasing appropriate bulbs, fixtures, and sensors
• Developing a comprehensive green lighting plan for your entire home, office, or commercial environment
• Incandescent, halogen, and gas-discharge lighting
• Solar and next-generation lighting
“I’ve been wanting to upgrade my house to LED’s for the last year or so. However, my wife was not willing to let me spend the money I needed to get the best units. In part of my research, I bought this book about “Green Lighting” and it was just fascinating to read through it. Because of this book, I was able to convince my wife that it would be a wise move and also a great eco-choice. If you’re interested in learning about green lighting, I would highly recommend this book. It will tell you everything you need to know.”
Award-winning designer and author Lori Dennis proves interior design can be both stylish and environmentally sustainable in this easy-to-use, entertaining guide. Dennis discusses every aspect of interior design—furniture and accessories, window treatments, fabrics, surface materials, appliances, plants, and more—from a green perspective in terms of reducing waste and pollution and turning a home into a healthy, comfortable environment. Readers will learn how to:
– use sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, and recycled glass to enhance interiors - search thrift shops and antique stores for vintage hidden treasures - find the best vendors for purchasing green products - use plants and locally cut flowers to improve indoor air quality and brighten up rooms - replace lawns with indigenous plants and edible gardens - keep rooms clean with effective and nontoxic products - use energy efficient lighting and maximize natural light - apply for different types of green certification
Packed with over 100 color photographs, lists of the best green vendors, and profiles of leading green designers, this book is a thorough guide for anyone who wants to create beautiful interiors while lessening the waste and pollution generated by the building industry.
“GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN collects under one cover the basic details for anyone wishing to create a green, sustainable interior. It’s not directed to the technical architect so much as the general homeowner, so offers extensive resources, vendors who practice green behaviors, and keys to reducing waste and conservation. Homeowners will find this packed with important conservation details.”
“Once in a while you come across a how to that makes your life better; but it is even rarer to find one that is written so well as Green Interior Design.
You don’t get the feeling you are reading a dry DYI article, instead you hear Lori’s voice giving you advice as you eagerly turn each page. It is a wonderful
treat for your imagination to be able to go forward with your design plans using Ms. Dennis’ inspirational environmentally safe hints. I couldn’t put the book down. That is an amazing thing to say about reading a primer in design.”
Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-to-Z Guide covers the moral relationship between humans and their natural environment, specifically targeting the contemporary green movement. Since the 1960s, green ethics and philosophies have helped give birth to the civil rights, feminist, and gay rights movements, as well as contemporary environmentalism.