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A Finer Future

Creating an Economy in Service to Life

Humanity is in a race with catastrophe. Is the future one of global warming, 65 million migrants fleeing failed states, soaring inequality, and grid-locked politics? Or one of empowered entrepreneurs and innovators building a world that works for everyone?

While the specter of collapse looms large, A Finer Future demonstrates that humanity has a chance – just – to thread the needle of sustainability and build a regenerative economy through a powerful combination of enlightened entrepreneurialism, technology, and innovative policy.

The authors – world leaders in business, economics, and sustainability – gather the evidence, outline the principles of a regenerative economy, and detail a policy roadmap to achieving it, including:

  • Transforming finance and corporations
  • Reimagining energy, agriculture, and the nature of how we work
  • Enhancing human well-being
  • Delivering a world that respects ecosystems and human community.

Charting the course to a regenerative economy is the most important work facing humanity and A Finer Future provides the essential blueprint for business leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, politicians, policymakers, and others working to create a world that works for people and the planet.

Contributors

L. Hunter Lovins

L. Hunter Lovins, Time Magazine’s Millennium Hero for the Planet, is a business professor, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, and co-author of The Way Out and the best-selling Natural Capitalism.

Stewart Wallis

Stewart Wallis is Executive Chair of WEAll, the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University and formerly Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation.

Anders Wijkman

Anders Wijkman is Co-Chair of the Club of Rome, a former EU parliamentarian, Chair Climate-KIC, the largest public-private partnership for climate innovation in the EU, and co-author of Bankrupting Nature and Come On!

John Fullerton

John Fullerton is the Founder of Capital Institute and a former Managing Director of JP Morgan. He is the author of Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy.

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The prologue uses a brief analogy to compare humanities current situation to that of a caterpillar undergoing metamorphosis. ; ; ; 1 $0.10

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The introduction provides an overview of the structure of the book, providing an overview of the situation humanity finds itself in, outlining solutions to the crises we face, and suggesting ways … ; ; ; 4 $0.40

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This chapter outlines the HANDY study, which identifies the factors that precipitate societal collapse, and asks whether we are headed for such a collapse. This chapter also imagines a … ; ; ; 22 $2.20

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This chapter outlines the factors that have led society to the precipice of collapse: institutionalized greed, increased stratification of wealth and unregulated economic growth. ; ; ; 17 $1.70

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This chapter outlines the systemic changes to our economy that are necessary for a sustainable future. ; ; ; 29 $2.90

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This chapter outlines short term economic solutions we can implement immediately while we work on longer term systemic change. ; ; ; 15 $1.50

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This chapter outlines ways in which the construction industry can change in order to be more sustainable. This includes more efficient construction methods and materials as well as retrofitting … ; ; ; 5 $0.50

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This chapter explores ways in which transportation could become more efficient. ; ; ; 4 $0.40

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This chapter explores ways in which the global economy can move to support the planet instead of a small minority of shareholders. ; ; ; 20 $2.00

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This chapter explores ways in which the underlying corporate structure upon which our economy is built will need to reorganize and refocus towards long term sustainability. ; ; ; 26 $2.60

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This chapter explores the future of sustainable agriculture and the ways that we can ensure everyone has enough to eat. ; ; ; 28 $2.80

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This chapter explores the disruptive potential of solar power to completely transform the way that we produce and use electricity as a society. ; ; ; 47 $4.70

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This chapter explores methods for addressing inequality in our society and asks whether basic income or job guarantees could be effective solutions. ; ; ; 21 $2.10

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This chapter looks at the variety of policies that must be implemented to ensure equal access to resources for everyone in the future. ; ; ; 14 $1.40

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This chapter debunks the myth that indefinite growth is necessary for our economy to sustain itself. ; ; ; 10 $1.00

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This chapter explores how the world we live in is shaped by our principles and values and how shifting those values will allow our society to grow and evolve. ; ; ; 10 $1.00

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This chapter explores the changes in how we govern others that will allow us to create a more sustainable future for everyone. ; ; ; 12 $1.20

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This chapter emphasizes how big picture changes need to begin on a local scale to be effective ; ; ; 12 $1.20

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Conclusion ; ; ; 15 $1.50