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Thriving
Wayne Visser, author
An innovation agenda for turning our biggest global societal challenges into opportunities to thrive The future will be better than you think. Thriving shows how innovation can regenerate nature, society, and the economy by taking us from degradation to restoration of ecosystems, from depletion to renewal of resources, from disparity to responsibility in communities, from disease to revitalization of health, from disconnection to rewiring through technology, and from disruption to resilience of infrastructure and institutions. Thriving strives to: • Inform about why change is necessary and how it happens in society, as well as counter prevailing despair and pessimism about the state of the world with hope and optimism • Inspire with what change is possible and where it is already happening, showing how we can go from problems of breakdown to breakthrough solutions • Impel by creating a desire to turn information and inspiration into action, adding momentum to the growing regeneration movement Thriving is not an exercise in blind optimism about technology or other miracle-cure solutions; rather, it is an accessible approach to systems thinking and an offer of pragmatic hope based on purpose-driven creativity and innovation. Whether you’re a progressive leader, a professional in the sustainability field, or someone who simply wants to be better informed about ways to take positive action, this thorough guide is for you.
Reviews
Arguing that “hope” is an action verb, Visser (Purpose Inspired: Reflections on Conscious Living Volume 4) makes the case in his poetic call-to-action that the challenges of climate change and its impact on the world offers an opportunity to thrive. He opens by painting a picture of the dire situation Earth is in due to humans’ destruction of natural systems, but arguing that the degeneration in nature, society, and our economy can function as “triggers for six societal shifts.” Visser builds a convincing case that these triggers, such as depletion of resources or increasing disease due to unhealthy living, can spark transformation: for example, loss of natural resources should inspire the pursuit of those that are renewable, to avoid further catastrophe.

Visser posits that technology helps rather than hinders restorative and regenerative habits. Emphasizing positivity, his case for choosing “to thrive” is logically argued, shrewdly put together, and always informative. He paints a clear picture of why society needs to change now, before the damage done to the environment proves irreparable, and how a world shift towards sustainable green practices–such as engaging in a risk economy to better prepare for emergency responses in disastrous situations–will benefit everyone. It’s politically affiliated rather than politically charged, and readers who doubt climate change’s existence and impact will find their views challenged.

The core of Thriving is Visser’s infectious belief in the resilience of nature and humanity. Thanks to this optimism and an inviting tone, readers will get all the necessary background and context without feeling like they’re reading a textbook. Poems at the starts of chapters offer a brief respite from the heavier subject matter, and Visser's clear prose will resonate with audiences seeking concrete and graspable answers to environmental concerns. Readers will come away emboldened and inspired.

Takeaway: This persuasive call to action on the hot topic of climate change will inspire reasonable, logical change in motivated readers.

Great for fans of: Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Paul Hawken

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

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