The Upside of Down

The Upside of Down

Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization

Book - 2006
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Environmental disasters. Terrorist wars. Energy scarcity. Economic failure. Is this the world's inevitable fate, a downward spiral that ultimately spells the collapse of societies? Perhaps, says acclaimed author Thomas Homer-Dixon - or perhaps these crises can actually lead to renewal for ourselves and planet earth.

The Upside of Down takes the reader on a mind-stretching tour of societies' management, or mismanagement, of disasters over time. From the demise of ancient Rome to contemporary climate change, this spellbinding book analyzes what happens when multiple crises compound to cause what the author calls "synchronous failure." But, crisis doesn't have to mean total global calamity. Through catagenesis, or creative, bold reform in the wake of breakdown, it is possible to reinvent our future.

Drawing on the worlds of archeology, poetry, politics, science, and economics, The Upside of Down is certain to provoke controversy and stir imaginations across the globe. The author's wide-ranging expertise makes his insights and proposals particularly acute, as people of all nations try to grapple with how we can survive tomorrow's inevitable shocks to our global system. There is no guarantee of success, but there are ways to begin thinking about a better world, and The Upside of Down is the ideal place to start thinking.




Publisher: Island Press/Shearwater Books,� Washington, DC : c2006
ISBN: 9781597260657
1597260657
Branch Call Number: ANF 338.927 HOME
Characteristics: ix, 429 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Jul 20, 2011

This is number 1 on my list of resources about the upcoming twin crises of oil depletion and climate change - a must-read for anyone who wants to help make a better world for our grandchildren.

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Prairiegirl
Jun 29, 2010

This was recommended by Corporate Knights magazine, v.9.1.

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