How Local Resilience Creates Sustainable Societies: Hard to Make, Hard to Break (Hardback)Philip Monaghan (author)
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A taboo-shattering book, How Local Resilience Creates Sustainable Societies sets out how visionary national and local leaders can transform unsustainable societies as they attempt to recover from an age of austerity. By eliminating the culture of dependency in a socially and environmentally progressive way, the book shows how to transcend the political and social spectrum and even unify people around a common purpose. It does this by examining how leaders can make smarter interventions within complex systems to prevent the high cost of social and environmental failure arising from our current economic model. The book explores a number of contemporary themes (e.g. green economy, sustainable urban development, banking reform, equality and democratic renewal) and draws on a wealth of global case learning (e.g. Amsterdam, Brighton, Cape Town, Madison, Matara and Toyama).
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"How Local Resilience Creates Sustainable Societies asks why orthodox approaches to sustainable urban development have failed and what can be done about this. In doing this Philip Monaghan seeks to unsettle and challenge orthodoxies and highlight the importance of transferring power to ordinary people to build resilience. He makes a practical contribution to how this can be done in an age of austerity. In doing so, he opens up a debate that will be of interest to policy makers, agencies, academics, consultants, community groups and individuals." - Dr Mike Hodson, SURF Centre, University of Salford
"Resilience is now, in terms of local action, the fastest growing field of practice and experimentation. Hope and risk are two sides of the same coin and this book, in tune with our times, will help equip you to handle both." - Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK
"[Monaghan's] vision is of society improved from the bottom up, with leadership at the local level building sustainable and resilient communities. And those currently in power, governing from the top down, would be well-advised to read this book, understand what is beginning to shake their world, and why, and join in with the action. [...] Unlike many books dealing with these issues, focusing on what has gone wrong in the world and so causing a depressed feeling in many readers, the bulk of this book deals with remedies to the problems, many already in use, and others awaiting implementation over a wider range." Juliet Adams, Librarian, Project Lyttelton, in Living Economies
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