‘Books and Reviews’
2050: A Global Forecast for the next 40 Years by Jorgen Randers, Chelsea Green, 2012 This report to the Club of Rome commemorates the 40th Anniversary of its first report Limits to Growth in 1972, which caused wide controversy since it challenged the basic assumptions of all governments concerning the future of humanity. I recall visiting [...]
Dark Pools is a page-turning, fascinating account of how computerized algorithmic high-frequency trading (HFT) and electronic platforms evolved, took over financial markets and turned the NYSE floor into a mere "puppet-show for TV." Author Scott Patterson, a reporter for theWall Street Journal, is a consummate observer. Dark Pools is a follow-up [...]
Broken Markets: How High-Frequency Trading and Predatory Practices Are Destroying Confidence and Your Portfolio, by Sal Arnuk and Joseph Saluzzi, FT Press, 2012 This insider look at the evolution of high-frequency trading (HFT) from its start as "scalping" in the Chicago commodity trading pits well over a decade ago is chilling, even to the [...]
This magisterial book is a tour throughout the world and our human history, examining the persistent puzzle of why some countries successfully industrialized and others failed. MIT economist Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, a political scientist and economist at Harvard, go beyond economics and its centuries of hypothesizing about economic [...]
As a longtime member of the Club of Rome, I can recommend this book highly to all concerned global citizens, - Hazel Henderson, Editor On May 9, 2012, the Club of Rome launched a new Report to the Club of Rome, entitled “2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years” (published by Chelsea Green). In it, author Jorgen [...]
A SPECIAL RETREAT WORKSHOP WITH KATHLEEN BARRY EMPATHY & CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING FOR: UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN Dates: July 20-22, 2012 Location: La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Santa Barbara, CA Conducted by: National Peace Academy in partnership with La Casa de Maria Course fee: Residential: $350; Commuter: $250 NPA [...]
New Society Publishers, the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal, the BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance, and the new economics foundation announce the release of The Resilience Imperative Co-operative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy By Michael Lewis, Canadian Centre for Community Renewal and Pat [...]
John G. Taft's "Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street" (Wiley, 2012) is authored by a deeply principled adviser whose clients are investors in corporations rather than their managers. Read the review on Seeking Alpha.
Bruce Piasecki's "Doing More with Less" (Wiley, 2012) gives solid, homespun advice to corporate and financial executives about how to reform their short-term profit-maximizing in the coming age of diminishing planetary resources and a human population of already more than 7 billion. Read the review on Seeking Alpha.
This profound guidebook reframes and expands the mission of building a global culture of peace. Going far beyond conventional techniques of conflict resolution, James O'Dea provides a holistic approach to peace work, covering its oft-ignored cultural, spiritual, and scientific dimensions while providing guidance suitable even for those who have [...]