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Increasingly sophisticated technology and an ever-expand-ing base of knowledge have not been enough to allow humans to halt the worldwide progression of environmental degradation. Extensive fieldwork in both Africa and the United States convinced Allan Savory that neither the forces of nature nor commonly blamed culprits — overpopulation, poor farming practices, lack of financial support — were causing the decline of once-healthy ecosystems. He also noted that once land has become degraded, leaving it alone seldom helps revitalize it. Savory eventually came to realize that on the most fundamental level, environmental problems are caused by human management decisions, and only through wholesale changes in the way decisions are made can functioning ecosystems be restored. In response to that startling discovery, Savory began to develop a revolutionary new approach to decision-making and management. Known initially as Holistic Resource Management, and now as simply Holistic Management, it considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable. It includes a common-sense decision-making framework that requires no specialized knowledge or elaborate technology to utilize, and is applicable in any environment or management situation. At the heart of the approach lies a simple testing process that enables people to make decisions that simultaneously consider economic, social, and environmental realities, both short- and long-term."Holistic Management" is a newly revised and updated edition of "Holistic Resource Management" (Island Press, 1988), which was the first book-length treatment of Savory's decision-making framework and how it could be applied. A decade oftrial-and-error implementation has strengthened and clarified the book's ideas, and has expanded the scope of the process to include all manner of decisions and management situations, not just those that relate to land and resource management."Holistic Management" has been practiced by t

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Holistic Management is a revolutionary approach to decision-making and management that considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable. It has been practiced by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land through practices that mimic nature, and by many others who have sought a more rewarding personal or family life. This volume provides a thorough explanation of the approach, and how it can be applied.

About the Author

Allan Savory, a former wildlife biologist, farmer and politician, co-founded the U.S.-based Center for Holistic Management in 1984 with his wife, Jody Butterfield, a former journalist specializing in agriculture and the environment.

Jody Butterfield, a former journalist specializing in agriculture and the environment, co-founded the U.S.-based Center for Holistic Management in 1984 with her husband, Allan Savory, a former wildlife biologist, farmer and politician.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

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PART I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Changing the Way We Make Decisions

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PART II. Four Key Insights

Chapter 2. The Power of Paradigms

Chapter 3. The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum Of Its Parts

Chapter 4. Viewing Environments a Whole New Way

Chapter 5. The Predator-Prey Connection

Chapter 6. Timing Is Everything

Chapter 7. A New Framework for Management and Decision Making

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PART III. The Power Lies in the Holistic Goal

Chapter 8. Defining the Whole: What Are You Managing?

Chapter 9. Forming a Holistic Goal: What Is It You Really Want?

Chapter 10. Developing a Sense of Ownership: Are You Sure That's What You Really Want?

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PART IV. The Ecosystem that Sustains Us All

Chapter 11. The Four Fundamental Processes that Drive Our Ecosystem

Chapter 12. Water Cycle: The Circulation of Civilization's Life Blood

Chapter 13. Community Dynamics: The Ever-Changing Patterns in the Development of Living Communities

Chapter 14. Mineral Cycle: The Circulation of Life-sustaining Nutrients

Chapter 15. Energy Flow: The Flow of Fuel that Animates All Life

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PART V. The Tools We Use to Manage Our Ecosystem

Chapter 16. From Stone Age Spears to Genetic Engineering

Chapter 17. Money and Labor: One or Both of These Tools Is Always Required

Chapter 18. Human Creativity: Key to Using All Tools Effectively

Chapter 19. Fire: The Most Ancient Tool

Chapter 20. Rest: The Most Misunderstood Tool

Chapter 21. Grazing: The Most Abused Tool

Chapter 22. Animal Impact: The Least Used Tool

Chapter 23. Living Organisms: The Most Complex Tool

Chapter 24. Technology: The Most Used Tool

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PART VI. Testing Your Decisions

Chapter 25. Making Economically, Environmentally, and Socially Sound Decisions

Chapter 26. Cause and Effect: Stop the Blows to Your Head Before You Take the Aspirin

Chapter 27. Weak Link: The Strength of a Chain Is That of Its Weakest Link

Chapter 28. Marginal Reaction: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

Chapter 29. Gross Profit Analysis: Bringing in the Most Money for the Least Additional Cost

Chapter 30. Energy and Money: Using the Most Appropriate Forms in the Most Constructive Way

Chapter 31. Sustainability: Generating Lasting Wealth

Chapter 32. Society and Culture: Personal Values and Social Responsibility

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PART VII. Completing the Feedback Loop

Chapter 33. Monitoring Your Plans and Keeping on Track

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PART VIII. Some Practical Guidelines For Management

Chapter 34. Lessons Learned in Practice

Chapter 35. Learning and Practice: Shifting Your Paradigms

Chapter 36. Organization and Leadership: Creating an Environment that Nurtures Creativity

Chapter 37. Marketing: Developing a Strategy in Line with Your Holistic Goal

Chapter 38. Time: When to Expose and Reexpose Plants and Soils to Animals

Chapter 39. Stock Density and Herd Effect: Using Animals to Shape the Landscape

Chapter 40. Cropping: Practices that More Closely Mimic Nature

Chapter 41. Burning: When and How to Burn, and What to Do Before and After

Chapter 42. Population Management: Look to Age Structure Rather Than Numbers, Diversity Rather Than Single Species

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PART IX. Planning Procedures Unique to Holistic Management

Chapter 43. Departing from the Conventional

Chapter 44. Holistic Financial Planning: Creating the Financial Roadmap to Your Holistic Goal

Chapter 45. Holistic Land Planning: Developing Infrastructure on Large Tracts of Land

Chapter 46. Holistic Grazing Planning: Getting Animals to the Right Place, At the Right Time, And for the Right Reasons

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PART X. New Perspectives

Chapter 47. Expanding the Uses of the Holistic Management Model

Chapter 48. Diagnosing the Cause of Problems

Chapter 49. Making Research Relevant

Chapter 50. Creating Sound Policies

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PART XI. Conclusion

Chapter 51. Changing Course: Creating the Future We Want

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Glossary

References

Notes

Index

About The Savory Institute

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559634878
Subtitle:
A New Framework for Decision Making
With:
Butterfield, Jody
Author:
Savory, Allan
Author:
Butterfield, Joan
Author:
Butterfield, Jody
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
REV and Revised
Publication Date:
19981201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-page color insert
Pages:
644
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 36 oz

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