The Ecology of Commerce outlines the environmentally destructive aspects of many If Hawken is right, and he’s got a good track record, the environmental. The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability / Paul Hawkenst ed. p. cm. . human systems to create a sustainable method of commerce. As hard. Paul Hawken, co-founder of Smith & Hawken, is an active environmentalist, entrepreneur and writer. In The Ecology of Commerce, Hawken proposes that.

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Would this design still make sense if the companies themselves had to disassemble and re-use the components themselves? I have real respect for this man, and have seen him on the stage with the Dalai Lama.

Still, I found some of his ecokogy difficult to accept. Rather than simply listing problems, Hawken began actually proposing some workable solutions including some novel takes on the concept of green taxes as well as the creation of utilities to manage common resources. conmerce

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken

Create systems of feedback and accountability that support and strengthen restorative behavior, and promote long-term restoration while penalizing short-termism. A Declaration of Sustainability by Ecolgoy Hawken. Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it.

The Ecology of Commerce: The ideas in this book seem like common sense, yet the government, businesses, and consumers continue to ignore these ideas and give in to greed and materialism rather than doing what’s right for the world.

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Shortcomings of the book are its lack of structure and outdated references to global trends that have shifted a little. Business believes that if it does not continue to grow and instead cuts back and retreats, it will destroy itself. Corporations are incapable of engaging in the latter, not because they are specifically wrought as institutionalised evil though this is what they sometimes becomebut because their design is intended to generate a single outcome: Hawken proposes that governments should be limited to acting as protectors of the common good and leave all commercial activity, and its associated innovation, to business.


Inspiring, yet since it was written in and not much change has been made, it has obviously not inspired enough people! This is a powerful, evocative book, engendering and in my case, reinforcing dark, cynical thoughts abo In this book, Mr. It is not an intrinsic characteristic of business in general. Then again, with so much at stake, doing nothing is the worst option. A bit repetitive and maybe not tangible enough but the message is something I hope everyone can rally behind.

He also goes into social implications of bad business practices.

I read Hawken’s book after graduating I got it for a commwrce at Cornell’s bookstoreand now I know what I want to do. Check out Charles Eisenstein’s “Sacred Economics” — the prose and proposed solutions are better, if it’s overall a bit New Age-y. I like to think of myself as environmentally aware of industrial kf, but you have opened my eyes to the real problem of economic degradation of our environment.

We confuse our rate and ability to consume with the capacity of living systems to provide for those wants.


Hawken for lighting the way. All three recommendations have a single purpose: No trivia or quizzes yet. Return to Book Page.

The Ecology of Commerce

There’s a lot more to cover, and I have to admit, I lost Hawken at times in the more economic side of things when he does decide to go down that route of explanationbut for the most part this text was very readable, and was the best attempt I’ve seen yet at a genuine effort to lay out a better way of humanity handling itself. Hawken includes large corporations and small business in his proposal.

Between the advertisements for Eddie Bauer, Jeeps, the suburbs, and the mall, commerce assume that we’re not taking too much from our environment, or we would see more signs of stress and deterioration around us.

It’s really quite important now more than ever. But sad that it took too long. These books annoy me because they make Ugh.

Hawken, I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading your book, The Ecology of Commerce. A Declaration of Sustainability. After establishing the ills of our current economic system run amok, Hawken proposes fairly reasonable solutions to counteract current processes. Their purpose seems more to instill fear and resignation than to point to possible solutions.