Nature and the Marketplace

Author: Geoffrey Heal
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1597262013
Format: PDF
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In recent years, scientists have begun to focus on the idea that healthy, functioning ecosystems provide essential services to human populations, ranging from water purification to food and medicine to climate regulation. Lacking a healthy environment, these services would have to be provided through mechanical means, at a tremendous economic and social cost.Nature and the Marketplace examines the controversial proposition that markets should be designed to capture the value of those services. Written by an economist with a background in business, it evaluates the real prospects for various of nature's marketable services to "turn profits" at levels that exceed the profits expected from alternative, ecologically destructive, business activities. The author: describes the infrastructure that natural systems provide, how we depend on it, and how we are affecting it explains the market mechanism and how it can lead to more efficient resource use looks at key economic activities -- such as ecotourism, bioprospecting, and carbon sequestration -- where market forces can provide incentives for conservation examines policy options other than the market, such as pollution credits and mitigation banking considers the issue of sustainability and equity between generations .Nature and the Marketplace presents an accessible introduction to the concept of ecosystem services and the economics of the environment. It offers a clear assessment of how market approaches can be used to protect the environment, and illustrates that with a number of cases in which the value of ecosystems has actually been captured by markets.The book offers a straightforward business economic analysis of conservation issues, eschewing romantic notions about ecosystem preservation in favor of real-world economic solutions. It will be an eye-opening work for professionals, students, and scholars in conservation biology, ecology, environmental economics, environmental policy, and related fields.

Bungee Jumping Cocoons

Author: John D. Kenworthy
Publisher: ISA
ISBN: 9781556178603
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"I am a boomer. Born in 1960, I was ushered into the modern era decades before the information age altered our lives forever. For me, the innovation of the personal computer and the Internet were the twin defining events of my generation." Thus begins the introduction to this unique tale of two contrasting thoughts: Bungee Jumping and Cocoons.Bungee Jumpingis "our present culture's predilection for embracing all things extreme," the author explains. "In our advertising and in our leisure, we want bigger, better, more."Cocoonsrepresent "our willingness to nest within our homes with no need or desire to come out and mingle with the wicked world." How do these dual ideas play out in our society? How do they illuminate our industrial marketplace and e-commerce activities? Investigating these ideas, the author uses illustrative case studies, pointing to diverse resources such as futurist Faith Popcorn, fantasy adventure giant The Walt Disney Company, Barnes and Noble, Allen-Bradley, the bookThe Cluetrain Manifesto, and more. This book sheds some light on how to get beyond the crossroads we are seemingly at - in terms of industrial maturity, economic transition, and societal metamorphosis. Venture into this dual world of extreme fantasy adventures and isolation and be prepared to alter the way you think about the future. But first, you must take the headlong leap into the abyss Â-the bungee jump.

Strategic Global Sourcing Best Practices

Author: Fred Sollish
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470949309
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The latest best practice guidance on all aspects of globalstrategic sourcing-including environmental and internationalissues Strategic Global Sourcing Best Practices covers thelatest trends and leading edge processes in global strategicsourcing, including supply management, t, sustainability, financialdecisions, risk management, and international strategies. Offers the latest trends and guidance for sourcing and supplymanagers Features coverage of understanding sourcing, procurement andsupply management, procurement and best business practices, bestpractices in sourcing management and global sourcing management,financial strategies for sourcing, responsibleprocurement,diversity procurement, managing risk, supplierselection, project management for procurement and supply managers,managing supplier relationships, international sourcing, managingsupplier relationships supply management operations, With the rise of global supply chains,environmental/sustainability concerns, and constantly evolvingtechnology, the time is right for understanding Strategic GlobalSourcing Best Practices.

American Romanticism and the Marketplace

Author: Michael T. Gilmore
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226293943
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"This book can take its place on the shelf beside Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land and Leo Marx's The Machine in the Garden."—Choice "[Gilmore] demonstrates the profound, sustained, engagement with society embodied in the works of Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Melville. In effect, he relocates the American Renaissance where it properly belongs, at the centre of a broad social, economic, and ideological movement from the Jacksonian era to the Civil War. Basically, Gilmore's argument concerns the writers' participation in what Thoreau called 'the curse of trade.' He details their mixed resistance to and complicity in the burgeoning literary marketplace and, by extension, the entire ' economic revolution' which between 1830 and 1860 'transformed the United States into a market society'. . . . "The result is a model of literary-historical revisionism. Gilmore's opening chapters on Emerson and Thoreau show that 'transcendental' thought and language can come fully alive when understood within the material processes and ideological constraints of their time. . . . The remaining five chapters, on Hawthorne and Melville, contain some of the most penetrating recent commentaries on the aesthetic strategies of American Romantic fiction, presented within and through some of the most astute, thoughtful considerations I know of commodification and the 'democratic public' in mid-nineteenth-century America. . . . Practically and methodologically, American Romanticism and the Marketplace has a significant place in the movement towards a new American literary history. It places Gilmore at the forefront of a new generation of critics who are not just reinterpreting familiar texts or discovering new texts to interpret, but reshaping our ways of thinking about literature and culture."—Sacvan Bercovitch, Times Literary Supplement "Gilmore writes with energy, clarity, and wit. The reader is enriched by this book." William H. Shurr, American Literature

Environmental Ethics and the Global Marketplace

Author: Dorinda G. Dallmeyer
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820320151
Format: PDF, Docs
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The global market is the largest and most powerful socioeconomic institution on the planet, and as such it demands that those who desire to benefit from it or those who seek to regulate it realize the economic and environmental consequences of their actions. The contributors to Environmental Ethics and the Global Marketplace argue that the health of the environment is inextricably linked to the health of the economy, and economic strength depends on the preservation of environmental values. Ultimately, economic and environmental sciences must merge more completely if we are to arrive at ethically justified principles as the basis for national and international environmental policy process, enabling environmental ethics to move beyond academic venues into domestic and international decision making.

Weights and Measures Program Requirements

Author: Carol Hockert
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 1437983030
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When a W&MA makes decisions within a specific jurisdiction, it is beneficial to understand the scope of the entire system and to reflect upon methods and practices that have been tested over the years. This handbook was developed for the W&MA to be used as a reference tool. It is designed to be read in sections as needed for a specific situation or to learn piece by piece about the weights and measures system as a whole. The weights and measures infrastructure includes the following: Standards and Units; Laws, Regulations, and Practices; Metrology Lab¿s.; Weighing and Measuring Devices; Packaged Products; Service Industries; Weights and Measures Regulation; and Commercial Transactions. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

Music in the Marketplace

Author: Samuel Cameron
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317934725
Format: PDF
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Much recent economic work on the music industry has been focused on the impact of technology on demand, with predictions being made of digital copyright infringement leading to the demise of the industry. In fact, there have always been profound cyclical swings in music media sales owing to the fact that music always has been, and continues to be, a discretionary purchase. This entertaining and accessible book offers an analysis of the production and consumption of music from a social economics approach. Locating music within the economic analysis of social behaviour, this books guides the reader through issues relating to production, supply, consumption and trends, wider considerations such as the international trade in music, and in particular through divisions of age, race and gender. Providing an engaging overview of this fascinating topic, this book will be of interest and relevance to students and scholars of cultural economics, management, musicology, cultural studies and those with an interest in the music industry more generally.

Creating Better Futures

Author: James A. Ogilvy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199923841
Format: PDF, Docs
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As a founder and managing director of Global Business Network, James Ogilvy helped develop the technique of scenario planning, which has become an integral part of strategic thinking in both business and government. Now Ogilvy shows how we can use this cutting-edge method for social change in our own neighborhoods. In Creating Better Futures, Ogilvy presents a profound new vision of how the world is changing--and how it can be changed for the better. Ogilvy argues that self-defined communities, rather than individuals or governments, have become the primary agents for social change. Towns, professional associations, and interest groups of all kinds help shape the future in all the ways that matter most, from schools and hospitals to urban development. The key to improvement is scenario planning--a process that draws on groups of people, both lay and expert, to draft narratives that spell out possible futures, some to avoid, some inspiring hope. Scenario planning has revolutionized both public and private planning, leading to everything from the diverse product lines that have revived the auto industry, to a timely decision by the state of Colorado to avoid pouring millions into an oil-shale industry that never materialized. But never before has anyone proposed that it be taken up by society as a whole. Drawing on years of experience in both academia and the private sector, where he developed both a keen sense of how businesses work best and an abiding passion for changing the world, James Ogilvy provides the tools we need to create better communities: better health, better education, better lives.

Quality In Teaching

Author: Wilfred Carr
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135388512
Format: PDF, Mobi
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offering a critique of the current educational rhetoric and by providing arguments for reviving the moral and social dimensions of teaching, this book aims to offer teachers and teacher educators the means to advance The Notion Of "Teaching Quality".