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Worldchanging is poised to be the Whole Earth Catalogue for this millennium. Written by leading new thinkers who believe that the means for building a better future lie all around us, Worldchanging is packed with the information, resources, reviews, and ideas that give readers the tools they need to make a difference.

Brought together by Alex Steffen, co-founder of the popular and award-winning web site Worldchanging.com, this team of top-notch writers includes Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity, Geekcorps founder Ethan Zuckerman, sustainable food expert Anna Lappé, and many others. Renowned designer Stefan Sagmeister brings his extraordinary talents to Worldchanging, resulting in a book that will challenge readers to personally redefine the conversation about the future.

Each chapter offers readers new answers to key questions, such as: Why does buying locally produced food make sense? What steps can I take to influence my workplace toward sustainability? How do I volunteer, advocate, and give more effectively? How can I travel, live, work, and learn in worldchanging ways? From eco-building to responsible shopping, political action to humanitarian relief, Worldchanging puts the power to solve problems into the reader's hands.

Review:

"This 600-page companion to the eco-friendly website of the same name (www.worldchanging.com) is chock-a-block with information about what is going on right now to create an environmentally and economically sustainable future-and what stands in opposition. Along the way, editor Steffen and his team make the stakes perfectly clear: 'Oil company experts debate whether we will effectively run out of oil in twenty years or fifty, but the essential point remains: if you're under thirty, you can expect to see a post-oil civilization in your lifetime.' The organization of the hefty volume mimics that of the website, divided into sections on Stuff, Shelter, Cities, Community, Business, Politics and Planet. Typical readers will be introduced to new concepts such as harvesting rainwater, zero-energy houses, South-South science and the use of flowers to detect land mines in entries on everything from 'Knowing What's Green' to 'Demanding Human Rights.' Each entry is brief but comprehensive; for example, the passage on 'Better Food Everywhere' focuses on 'Where it Matters Most,' 'Better Restaurants,' 'Community Gardens,' and 'Urban Farming.' All entries wrap up with reviews of pertinent resources-including books, websites and moves-where readers can get more detailed information. With color photos on nearly every page, and written by a small army of contributors living and working around the world (with biographies almost as fascinating as their contributions), it's hard to imagine a more complete resource for those hoping to live in a future that is, as editor Steffen puts it, 'bright, green, free and tough.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This book not only shows what is already possible, but also helps all of us imagine what might be." Al Gore

Review:

"...reads like a smart, hip mini-encyclopedia of what's new and what's next in green technologies and earth-conscious ideas." BusinessWeek.com

Review:

"Read it: it may change your life." Elizabeth Kolbert

Synopsis:

Five years after the initial publication of Worldchanging, the landscape of environmentalism and sustainability has changed dramatically. The average reader is now well-versed--even inundated--with green lifestyle advice. In 2011, green is the starting point, not the destination. This second edition of the bestselling book is extensively revised to include the latest trends, technologies, and solutions in sustainable living. More than 160 new entries include up-to-the-minute information on the locavore movement, carbon-neutral homes, novel transportation solutions, the growing trend of ecotourism, the concept of food justice, and much more. Additional new sections focus on the role of cities as the catalyst for change in our society. With 50 percent new content, this overhauled edition incorporates the most recent studies and projects being implemented worldwide. The result is a guided tour through the most exciting new tools, models, and ideas for building a better future.

Synopsis:

Written by a collaboration of leading thinkers, this demonstrates that the means for building a better future lie all around us. Filled with information, resources, reviews and ideas, it gives readers access to the tools they need to make a difference.

About the Author

Alex Steffen is co-founder and executive editor of Worldchanging.com, a global nonprofit media collaborative dedicated to exploring tools, models, and ideas for building a better future. He lives in Seattle.

Stefan Sagmeister formed Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum, and Time Warner. He lives in New York City.

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Glenda, April 1, 2007 (view all comments by Glenda)
Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century is an almanac, not just of what is, but what could be.

The book, an offshoot of popular website worldchanging.com offers information on a range of transformative possibilities for ourselves, our neighbourhoods and our world. The articles can be as short as a paragraph, or several pages long.

Some articles provide concrete information for the individual, including information on freecycle.org, a site for the free exchange of items too useful to throw out. Others suggest how business might green itself, offering Nokia and HP's attempts to better recycle their products. At the most ambitious end, case studies and ideas are presented on how all of us can make our voices heard to effect positive change.

While not a step-by-step guide to curing the problems that afflict our world, Worldchanging is inspiring in its belief that change is not only necessary, but possible, and that we can make it happen.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810930957
Author:
Steffen, Alex
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Introduction by:
Sterling, Bruce
Introduction:
Sterling, Bruce
Foreword by:
Gore, Albert, Jr.
Foreword:
Gore, Albert, Jr.
Foreword:
Gore, Al
Author:
Sagmeister Inc.
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Author:
Gore, Al
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmentalism
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environment; political science; ecology
Subject:
Green movement
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
300 4-color illustrations
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
6 5/8 x 9 1/2"
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This 600-page companion to the eco-friendly website of the same name (www.worldchanging.com) is chock-a-block with information about what is going on right now to create an environmentally and economically sustainable future-and what stands in opposition. Along the way, editor Steffen and his team make the stakes perfectly clear: 'Oil company experts debate whether we will effectively run out of oil in twenty years or fifty, but the essential point remains: if you're under thirty, you can expect to see a post-oil civilization in your lifetime.' The organization of the hefty volume mimics that of the website, divided into sections on Stuff, Shelter, Cities, Community, Business, Politics and Planet. Typical readers will be introduced to new concepts such as harvesting rainwater, zero-energy houses, South-South science and the use of flowers to detect land mines in entries on everything from 'Knowing What's Green' to 'Demanding Human Rights.' Each entry is brief but comprehensive; for example, the passage on 'Better Food Everywhere' focuses on 'Where it Matters Most,' 'Better Restaurants,' 'Community Gardens,' and 'Urban Farming.' All entries wrap up with reviews of pertinent resources-including books, websites and moves-where readers can get more detailed information. With color photos on nearly every page, and written by a small army of contributors living and working around the world (with biographies almost as fascinating as their contributions), it's hard to imagine a more complete resource for those hoping to live in a future that is, as editor Steffen puts it, 'bright, green, free and tough.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This book not only shows what is already possible, but also helps all of us imagine what might be."
"Review" by , "...reads like a smart, hip mini-encyclopedia of what's new and what's next in green technologies and earth-conscious ideas."
"Review" by , "Read it: it may change your life."
"Synopsis" by ,

Five years after the initial publication of Worldchanging, the landscape of environmentalism and sustainability has changed dramatically. The average reader is now well-versed--even inundated--with green lifestyle advice. In 2011, green is the starting point, not the destination. This second edition of the bestselling book is extensively revised to include the latest trends, technologies, and solutions in sustainable living. More than 160 new entries include up-to-the-minute information on the locavore movement, carbon-neutral homes, novel transportation solutions, the growing trend of ecotourism, the concept of food justice, and much more. Additional new sections focus on the role of cities as the catalyst for change in our society. With 50 percent new content, this overhauled edition incorporates the most recent studies and projects being implemented worldwide. The result is a guided tour through the most exciting new tools, models, and ideas for building a better future.

"Synopsis" by , Written by a collaboration of leading thinkers, this demonstrates that the means for building a better future lie all around us. Filled with information, resources, reviews and ideas, it gives readers access to the tools they need to make a difference.
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