How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Author: Jared Diamond

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141976969

Category: History

Page: 608

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From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' - Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' - Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' - Economis 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' - Sunday Times

The New Engineering Game

Strategies for smart product engineering

Author: Tim Weilkiens

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1839212098

Category: Computers

Page: 130

View: 6200


Adapt to a world of digitalization and get ready to become a successful player in the new engineering game Key Features Discover what the fourth industrial revolution is all about Explore the new engineering game through the context of globalization, craftsmanship, and interdisciplinary engineering Develop strategies to improve the engineering of products with functional architecture, lean systems engineering, and more Book Description Organizations today face an increasingly complex and dynamic environment, whatever their market. This change requires new systems that are built on the foundation of a new kind of engineering and thinking. The New Engineering Game closes the gap between high-level reflections about digitalization and daily engineering methods and tools. The book begins by describing the first three industrial revolutions and their consequences, and by predicting the fourth industrial revolution. Considering the fourth industrial revolution, it explains the need for a new kind of engineering. The later chapters of the book provide valuable principles, patterns, methods, and tools that engineering organizations can learn and use to succeed on the playfield of digitalization. By the end of the book, you'll have all the information you need to understand the various concepts to take your first steps towards the world of digitalization. What you will learn Deal with the challenges of Conway's Law Explore domains from different viewpoints with the Cynefin framework Use the Business Model Canvas (BMC) to view your business model in one chart Use the Business Model Navigator (BMN) to elaborate your business model Get an overview of REThink 4.0 Discover how to apply the principles of the Agile Manifesto for Software Development in your projects Who this book is for This book is for those of you who want to want to gear up for the ever-evolving and dynamic environment that has come into play with digitalization. Anyone who wants to create industry-grade applications using smart product engineering techniques will find this book useful. To grasp all that has been explained in this book, all you need is a knowledge-seeking attitude.

Environmental Sociology

Author: John Hannigan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131775199X

Category: Political Science

Page: 258

View: 9441


The third edition of John Hannigan’s classic undergraduate text has been fully updated and revised to highlight contemporary trends and controversies within global environmental sociology. Environmental Sociology offers a distinctive, balanced treatment of environmental issues, reconciling Hannigan’s much-cited model of the social construction of environmental problems and controversies with an environmental justice perspective that stresses inequality and toxic threats to local communities.

The International Bank of Bob

Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

Author: Bob Harris

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802778348

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9680


Hired by to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, and then inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence, Bob Harris had an epiphany: He would turn his own good fortune into an effort to make lives like theirs better. Bob found his way to, the leading portal through which individuals make microloans all over the world: for as little as $25-50, businesses are financed and people are uplifted. Astonishingly, the repayment rate was nearly 99%, so he re-loaned the money to others over and over again. ?After making hundreds of microloans online, Bob wanted to see the results first-hand, and in The International Bank of Bob he travels from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia, introducing us to some of the most inspiring and enterprising people we've ever met, while illuminating day-to-day life-political and emotional-in much of the world that Americans never see. Told with humor and compassion, The International Bank of Bob brings the world to our doorstep, and makes clear that each of us can, actually, make it better.

Understanding Collapse

Author: Guy D. Middleton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110715149X

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 555


In this lively survey, Guy D. Middleton critically examines our ideas about collapse - how we explain it and how we have constructed potentially misleading myths around collapses - showing how and why collapse of societies was a much more complex phenomenon than is often admitted.

The Singing Heart of the World

Creation, Evolution and Faith

Author: John Feehan

Publisher: Columba Press (IE)

ISBN: 9781856076777

Category: Bible and evolution

Page: 204

View: 2362


Makes the argument that human reason occupies the pivotal position which science claims for it, But that scientific endeavor penetrates insufficiently deep into the human encounter with reality.

Ascent to Freedom

Practical and Philosophical Foundations of Democratic World Law

Author: Glen T. Martin

Publisher: Inst for Economic Democracy


Category: Law

Page: 500

View: 9988


Ascent to Freedom develops a philosophical framework for democratic world law by drawing on the scientific revolutions of the twentieth century, the history of philosophy of law, and contemporary discussions of law, democracy, and human rights. It traces the history of the philosophy of law from ancient times to the present, showing the progressive development of democratic thought that culminates in the imperative for global democracy. It examines the legitimacy of the dominant institutions in the contemporary world (monopoly capitalism and the nation-state system) and points beyond these destructive, fragmenting institutions to a holistic approach for human affairs. It concludes by developing the parameters and the likely consequences of a conversion to democratic world law for protecting the environment and human rights as well as creating a world system of peace and prosperity for everyone on Earth. Ascent to Freedom lays out both the practical and conceptual foundations for a transformed world order that can deal directly with our multiple global crises while creating peace and prosperity on Earth.


Author: Organization of American Historians. Meeting

Publisher: N.A


Category: Historians

Page: N.A

View: 9861