Future Matters

Action, Knowledge, Ethics

Author: Barbara Adam,Chris Groves

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004161775

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 8808

Future Matters concerns contemporary approaches to the future - how the future is known, created and minded. In a social world whose pace continues to accelerate the future becomes an increasingly difficult terrain. While the focus of social life is narrowing down to the present, the futures we create on a daily basis cast ever longer shadows. Future Matters addresses this paradox and its deep ethical implications. It locates contemporary approaches to the future in a wider sociological and historical framework of practices, traces differences and continuities, and shows how contemporary practices of futures-construction make taking responsibility for futures all but impossible.

Perfect Ending

Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today

Author: Robert Jeffress

Publisher: Worthy Publishing

ISBN: 1617953474

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 4138

What Does Christ’s Return Have To Do With Your Life Today? Do you consider yourself a “panmillenialist”? When it comes to the end times, do you believe everything will just pan out in the end? It’s easy to slip into apathy when it comes to Christ’s return, especially since many people in recent years have falsely predicted the end of the world. The danger of false predictions is that they discourage us from preparing for the actual event—an event that will happen and does matter right now. As popular Bible teacher Dr. Robert Jeffress shows in Perfect Ending, we may not know when Christ will return, but the Bible offers many details about what the end times look like. Understanding these biblical prophecies not only gives us greater peace about the future, it draws us to God in the present. Strengthen your biblical knowledge and your spiritual life through this powerful look at the future God promises for every follower of Christ.

The Economics of Enough

How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters

Author: Diane Coyle

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838110

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 5104

The world's leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many people regret the consumerism and social corrosion of modern life. What these crises have in common, Diane Coyle argues, is a reckless disregard for the future--especially in the way the economy is run. How can we achieve the financial growth we need today without sacrificing a decent future for our children, our societies, and our planet? How can we realize what Coyle calls "the Economics of Enough"? Running the economy for tomorrow as well as today will require a wide range of policy changes. The top priority must be ensuring that we get a true picture of long-term economic prospects, with the development of official statistics on national wealth in its broadest sense, including natural and human resources. Saving and investment will need to be encouraged over current consumption. Above all, governments will need to engage citizens in a process of debate about the difficult choices that lie ahead and rebuild a shared commitment to the future of our societies. Creating a sustainable economy--having enough to be happy without cheating the future--won't be easy. But The Economics of Enough starts a profoundly important conversation about how we can begin--and the first steps we need to take.

Why Geology Matters

Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future

Author: J. D. Macdougall

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520266420

Category: Science

Page: 285

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“Macdougall does a masterful job of exploring the questions, dilemmas, and insights that have led to today’s scientific understanding of the composition of our planet. His approach is not “rocks on a shelf” science; it’s a compelling, interdisciplinary peek at Earth’s prehistory—including those processes that support so much of modern civilization.”-Ernest Zebrowski, author of Global Climate Change and Category 5: The Story of Camille “The story of Earth is told in such geologic forms as rock strata, volcanic eruptions, meteor craters, fossils, ocean currents, and ice flows. Macdougall gives these disparate elements voice and puts them into a perspective that emphasizes why Earth science is important in our understanding of both the planet’s history and our role in its tomorrow.”-Jeff Kanipe, author of The Cosmic Connection: How Astronomical Events Impact Life on Earth

Declaring Breakdowns

Powerfully Creating a Future That Matters, Through 6 Simple Steps

Author: Sameer Dua

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9351509842

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 264

View: 3718

The best way to predict the future is to create it. Each one of us, in every area of our life, has an almost certain, probable, default future. But is this future acceptable? This book provides a simple 6-step framework to actively create a future of one’s choice. It gives an insight into several generative leadership distinctions which, when practised, have the potential of having a significant positive impact on performance.

Living Well Now and in the Future

Why Sustainability Matters

Author: Randall Curren,Ellen Metzger

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262339110

Category: Science

Page: 312

View: 6112

Most people acknowledge the profound importance of sustainability, but few can define it. We are ethically bound to live sustainably for the sake of future generations, but what does that mean? In this book Randall Curren, a philosopher, and Ellen Metzger, a scientist, clarify normative aspects of sustainability. Combining their perspectives, they propose that sustainability can be understood as the art of living well together without diminishing opportunity to live well in the future.Curren and Metzger lay out the nature and value of sustainability, survey the problems, catalog the obstacles, and identify the kind of efforts needed to overcome them. They formulate an ethic of sustainability with lessons for government, organizations, and individuals, and illustrate key ideas with three case studies. Curren and Metzger put intergenerational justice at the heart of sustainability; discuss the need for fair (as opposed to coercive) terms of cooperation to create norms, institutions, and practices conducive to sustainability; formulate a framework for a fundamental ethic of sustainability derived from core components of common morality; and emphasize the importance of sustainability education. The three illustrative case studies focus on the management of energy, water, and food systems, examining the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Australia's National Water Management System, and patterns of food production in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

Future Minds

How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It

Author: Richard Watson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1857884582

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 8535

This is for anyone who’s curious about rethinking their thinking or unleashing the extraordinary potential of the human mind.

Because the Future Matters

Let's Stop Letting Modern Economics and Our Energy Addiction Ruin Almost Everything!

Author: John M. Braden

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519399410

Category:

Page: 400

View: 9167

While outside the current mainstream, this book describes and advocates Intelligent National Frugality, a proposed new approach to human economic and social activity. Instead of promoting mindless consumerism the INF approach focuses on human communities, human aspirations and real human needs. It also places a very high value on environmental concerns, including the need to steadily reduce humanity's greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps surprisingly, the INF approach can be combined with free enterprise, with socialism or with any combination of the two. By rejecting the foolish and risky ideology of endless growth, the approach opens a great many doors-ethical doors as well as economics ones-that arguably lead to a far more satisfactory and a far worthier human society, for our descendants as well as for ourselves.

Why Posterity Matters

Environmental Policies and Future Generations

Author: Avner De-Shalit

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134856482

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

View: 7797

The first comprehensive philosophical examination of our duties to future generations, Dr de-Shalit argues that they are a matter of justice, not charity or supererogation.

Future Cities: All That Matters

Author: Camilla Ween

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 144419612X

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

View: 4214

In Future Cities: All that Matters Camilla Ween will outline the challenges of meeting the anticipated growth of world cities over the next few decades. By 2030 it is predicted that between 80-90 % of the world's population will be living in cities, in several countries this will be 100%; Singapore is already classified as having a 100% urban population. There will be many cities with populations of over 20 million. The infrastructure required to support these cities will be a massive challenge for city planners and governments. Never in the history of civilisation has the need to deliver so much been so urgent - and with dwindling world resources. Tackling the challenges will be further complicated by pressure to develop solutions that are sustainable and include climate change mitigation measures. Some advocate geo-engineering - the large-scale engineering and manipulation of the world's environment e.g. ocean fertilisation to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, as the answer to tackling climate change. Others see this as a doomsday scenario and believe the solution lies in behaviour adaptation, changing the way we live and making do with less. Despite the difficulties, the book will chart how some cities are already tackling the problems, policies that are emerging to meet these challenges and will highlight innovations that are currently being explored.

Diversity Matters

Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education

Author: Karen Longman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780891124542

Category: Education

Page: 386

View: 6271


To Save Humanity

What Matters Most for a Healthy Future

Author: Julio Frenk,Steven Hoffman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190221550

Category: Medical

Page: 392

View: 9632

"The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell." --Dag Hammarskj?ld, United Nations Secretary-General 1953-1961 The turn of the 21st century was an objective low point in the history of human health: AIDS was scourging Africa, millions of women died each year in child birth, and billions suffered under malnourishment and poverty. In response, the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an ambitious charter that since 2000 has measurably reduced the worldwide burdens of poverty, hunger, and disease. With the MDGs set to expire in 2015, continued progress on these fronts is anything but certain. In addition to the persisting threats of the 20th century, globalization has sped the development of new threats--pandemics, climate change, chronic disease--that now threaten rich and poor countries equally. "To Save Humanity" is a collection of short, honest essays on what single issue matters most for the future of global health. Authored by the world's leading voices from science, politics, and social advocacy, this collection is both a primer on the major issues of our time and a potential blueprint for post-2015 health and development. This unparalleled collection will provide illuminating and thought-provoking reading for anyone invested in our collective future and well-being.

Assessing what Really Matters in Schools

Creating Hope for the Future

Author: Ronald J. Newell,Mark J. Van Ryzin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1578869684

Category: Education

Page: 117

View: 362

Since the 1960s, efforts to reform education—including various curricular changes, reading approaches, teacher preparation, money for the disadvantaged, and different instructional approaches—have failed to bring about true systemic change because the reforms fail to deal with a different definition of learning. Assessing What Really Matters in Schools gives hope to innovative and progressive schools, to new and different accountability systems, while changing the conversation from an achievement discourse to a human development discourse.

What Matters Now

How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation

Author: Gary Hamel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118219082

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 1502

This is not a book about one thing. It's not a 250-page dissertation on leadership, teams or motivation. Instead, it's an agenda for building organizations that can flourish in a world of diminished hopes, relentless change and ferocious competition. This is not a book about doing better. It's not a manual for people who want to tinker at the margins. Instead, it's an impassioned plea to reinvent management as we know it—to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about capitalism, organizational life, and the meaning of work. Leaders today confront a world where the unprecedented is the norm. Wherever one looks, one sees the exceptional and the extraordinary: Business newspapers decrying the state of capitalism. Once-innovative companies struggling to save off senescence. Next gen employees shunning blue chips for social start-ups. Corporate miscreants getting pilloried in the blogosphere. Entry barriers tumbling in what were once oligopolistic strongholds. Hundred year-old business models being rendered irrelevant overnight. Newbie organizations crowdsourcing their most creative work. National governments lurching towards bankruptcy. Investors angrily confronting greedy CEOs and complacent boards. Newly omnipotent customers eagerly wielding their power. Social media dramatically transforming the way human beings connect, learn and collaborate. Obviously, there are lots of things that matter now. But in a world of fractured certainties and battered trust, some things matter more than others. While the challenges facing organizations are limitless; leadership bandwidth isn't. That's why you have to be clear about what really matters now. What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead? Hamel identifies five issues are that are paramount: values, innovation, adaptability, passion and ideology. In doing so he presents an essential agenda for leaders everywhere who are eager to... move from defense to offense reverse the tide of commoditization defeat bureaucracy astonish their customers foster extraordinary contribution capture the moral high ground outrun change build a company that's truly fit for the future Concise and to the point, the book will inspire you to rethink your business, your company and how you lead.

Food Matters

Food Security and the Future of Food

Author: Professor Paul Teng,Manda Foo

Publisher: Write Editions

ISBN: 9811153744

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 7174

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions – where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc – present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today’s food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.

Why Our Health Matters

A Vision of Medicine that Can Transform Our Future

Author: Andrew Weil

Publisher: Hudson st Press

ISBN: 9781594630668

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 264

View: 2941

Discusses what has gone wrong with the American way of health to create the crisis in which the author feels the U.S. is embroiled, and offers a solution that calls for a completely new culture of health and medicine.

Professional Liability and Property Transactions

Author: Sharon Christensen,W. D. Duncan

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 9781862875111

Category: Law

Page: 464

View: 3794

This book examines in detail the principles underpinning professional liability both at common law (tort and contract) and by reason of statute (Trade Practices Act and Fair Trading Acts) in the context of property professionals. It includes comprehensive coverage of the Civil Liability Acts. The early chapters deal with the sources of professional liability. They include an analysis of remedies for breach of professional obligations generally and of procedural issues, such as limitation of actions, expert evidence, apportionment and contributory negligence in the setting of professional liability. The heart of the book is original and accessible material on the measure of damages as it relates to the liability of the various professionals who become involved in property transactions. There are further chapters on the liability of lenders and local authorities as organisations commonly involved. It is an essential reference for any barrister, solicitor or other professional directly or indirectly involved in litigation in this area, as well as property lawyers. With a Foreword by The Hon Justice Ian Callinan. For more detailed information about the book's purpose and structure, please read the extract from the Preface, below.

Marketing Law

Author: Peter Gillies,Niloufer Selvadurai

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 9781862876996

Category: Competition, Unfair

Page: 366

View: 6488

Marketing Law covers Australian and applicable international laws applying to manufacturing, packaging, labelling, advertising, promotion, pricing and the sale of goods and services. The authors outline the applicable legal principles and legislation, and cover the extensive case law, with extracts of critical cases.There are 12 chapters: The Expression of Ideas - Copyright, Branding, Designs and Inventions, Consumer Protection, Defamation, Confidential Information, Unfair Selling Practices, Product Liability, Arrangements Restricting Competition, Exclusive Dealing, Misuse of Market Power, and Insurance.Topics covered include:statutory frameworks applying to copyright, designs, trade marks and patents; the common law tort of passing off applying to unfair selling practices; confidential information; potential defamatory liability; legislation in relation to product quality and liability; trade practices laws and the responsibilities of marketers; restrictive trade practices, with specific emphasis on the prohibitions on arrangements restricting competition, exclusive dealing and misuse of market power.