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Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley

How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World

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The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge et al. is a business book that advocates for systems thinking and collaboration in transforming organizations towards sustainability. It offers inspiring examples and practical tools for implementing change.

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    The necessary revolution is a shift toward environmental sustainability.

    We are in dire need of a paradigm shift. Today, that old tune about constant progress for prosperity’s sake is getting old. The financial crisis of 2008 was the final, damning piece of evidence that the neoliberal ideal of unlimited growth via open financial markets is utterly misguided. Our planet and its future is at the true heart of things – and it’s high time we started acting like it.

    In 1972, a report called “Limits to Growth,” published at the global-sustainability think tank The Club of Rome, laid out the necessity of acknowledging mankind’s limited resources. Since then, public concern about our unsustainable industries and economy has grown. These days, achieving environmental sustainability is no longer seen as a preferable option – it is a necessary revolution.

    The necessary revolution impacts all humans, and must be conducted on an individual, political and economic level. By raising public awareness through word of mouth, and by sharing studies and initiatives on social media, the individual plays the first crucial role in the necessary revolution.

    Companies should also get involved in the necessary revolution by shouldering corporate social responsibility. A concept that’s been around since the early 2000s, CSR weaves social causes into the objectives of companies. For instance, major players in the food industry demonstrated CSR by reducing the use of unhealthy ingredients in their products.

    Finally, the government must support the necessary revolution by subsidizing sustainable corporate initiatives and by implementing effective laws and policies. The Kyoto protocol, an international contract for sustainability signed in 1992 by nearly all world leaders, is a landmark example of governmental support for a greener future.

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    What is The Necessary Revolution about?

    The Necessary Revolution (2008) sheds light on the environmental and social challenges faced by people living in today’s world. Drawing on stories from real people and real communities, these blinks introduce the mentality we must adopt to fight for sustainability.

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    The Necessary Revolution (2008) explores the urgent need for businesses to adapt to today's environmental challenges. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a practical roadmap for organizations to become sustainable, helping them make a positive impact on the planet while also improving their bottom line.
    • With its real-life case studies, it provides tangible examples of how business leaders from different industries have successfully implemented sustainability initiatives.
    • By challenging conventional thinking and providing innovative solutions for addressing environmental problems, the book sparks curiosity and keeps readers engaged throughout.

    Who should read The Necessary Revolution?

    • Eco-conscious entrepreneurs
    • Anyone interested in sustainability

    About the Author

    A pioneer in his field, Peter Senge is the Senior Lecturer of Behavioral and Policy Sciences at MIT. In 1990, he published The Fifth Discipline, which sold more than a million copies and has been translated into over 20 languages.

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    What is the main message of The Necessary Revolution?

    The main message of The Necessary Revolution is that we must transform our practices to create a sustainable future.

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    The Necessary Revolution is worth reading as it provides practical insights and solutions for tackling sustainability challenges.

    Who is the author of The Necessary Revolution?

    The authors of The Necessary Revolution are Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, and Sara Schley.

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