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Owning Our Future

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Owning Our Future by Marjorie Kelly
Paperback $20.95
Jun 04, 2012 | ISBN 9781605093109

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“This magnificent book is a kind of recipe for how civilization might cope with its too-big-to-fail problem. It’s a hardheaded, clear-eyed, and therefore completely moving account of what a different world might look like—what it already does look like in enough places that you will emerge from its pages inspired to get involved.”
Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“This book is not only brilliant but also tremendously important. It’s one of those rare books that opens our eyes to the fact that something we’ve taken for granted is actually intrinsically destructive and can be replaced by alternative, healthier forms of organization. I found it exhilarating.”
—Fritjof Capra, physicist and author of The Tao of Physics and The Hidden Connections

“As a serial entrepreneur who’s started three traditional shareholder-owned businesses, I know from experience what’s wrong with that model. The future belongs to the alternative forms of ownership Kelly writes about. This is a book the world desperately needs.”
—Jeffrey Hollender, cofounder and former CEO, Seventh Generation

Table Of Contents

Foreword – by David Korten
Prologue – The Journey Ahead

Part I – The Overbuilt House of Claims: Extractive ownership as the cause of financial collapse
1. Debt, Inc.: Extractive design
2. The Community Bank: Generative design
3. Wall Street: Capital markets on autopilot
4. Overload: The expanding house of claims
5. Collapse: The eroding middle class base

Part II – Returning to Earth: Ecological values as the seedbed of a generative economy
6. Waking Up: From maximizing profits to sustaining life
7. The Island: From growth to sufficiency
8. Bringing Forth a World: From individualism to community

Part III – Designing Living Companies: Five patterns of generative ownership design
9. Living Purpose: Creating the conditions for life
10. Rooted Membership: Ownership in living hands
11. Mission-Controlled Governance: Humans at the helm
12. Stakeholder Finance: Capital as friend
13. Ethical Networks: Reinforcing shared values
Epilogue: Next
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