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Post Growth—Life After Capitalism

Capitalism is broken. The relentless pursuit of more has delivered climate catastrophe, social inequality and financial instability—and left us ill-prepared for life in a global pandemic. Weaving together philosophical reflection, economic insight and social vision, Tim Jackson’s passionate and provocative book dares us to imagine a world beyond capitalism—a place where relationship and meaning take precedence over profits and power. Post Growth is both a manifesto for system change and an invitation to rekindle a deeper conversation about the nature of the human condition.

Empowering and elegiac.”—Yanis Varoufakis, Author of Another Now

Utterly inspiring … an urgent and eloquent plea for radical change.”—Caroline Lucas, Green Party

Purpose Delivered
Bigger Benefits for Society and Bigger Profits for Business – A CEO’s Experience

Western capitalism is in crisis due to the growing disconnect between business and society, and there are growing calls for a shift from the primacy of shareholder value to the primacy of purpose. But there is a paucity of codified best practice for how CEOs should go about making this shift. Enter Alan Barlow: a CEO practitioner who demonstrates with analytical rigor and evidence-based argument a business model for how CEOs can actually deliver a purpose-defined company that yields both bigger benefits for society and bigger profits for the business.

This book was nominated for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Awards, 2021

Purpose Delivered is a most important book that, rightly, articulates the urgent case for a reorientation of how many business leaders need to think in order to help capitalism rediscover a better purpose, and with it, more desperately needed legitimacy. But in Alan’s case, it is written by someone who has walked the walk and not just talked the talk.” – Lord Jim O’Neill, Chairman Chatham House. Formerly chairman Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Commercial Secretary to the UK Treasury

Core: How A Single Organizing Idea Can Change Business For Good

This book by Neil Gaught is about how businesses can adopt a Single Organizing Idea and, more importantly, why they have to. Drawing on stories and case studies, and with reference to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, its no-nonsense approach sets aside the ideals to confront the realities of business reform. It demonstrates the power and potential that a Single Organizing Idea can bring to any business prepared to take its head out of the sand and proactively respond to today’s challenges.
If you’re a business leader anywhere in the world and are looking to align your business activity with the challenges of the moment, whether it be climate change or inequality, I recommend you read this book and discover the many valuable tools that could help you transform your business culture and practice.” – Kumi Naidoo, formerly Secretary General, Amnesty International, and Executive Director Greenpeace

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