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"In this rich treasure trove of historical inspiration, contemporary ideas, and future-oriented how-to's, Valerie Brown has brought together a lifetime of work synthesizing science, participatory processes, and action for sustainability. A seasoned explorer, she moves effortlessly between disciplines as she describes a comprehensive approach to tackling the great challenges of our time - together. Because together is the only way they can be tackled. Read,learn, and act." Alan AtKisson, author, Believing Cassandra, and Executive Director, Earth Charter International. "Leonardo's Vision is essential reading for all those wishing to capture the emerging opportunity for collective thinking and action. The book provides a number of rigorous models and processes drawing on the author's extensive experience in supporting community efforts towards a sustainable future. I have learned that one should pay serious attention to anything that Valerie publishes and this is no exception." Charlie Hargroves, co-author, The Natural Advantage of Nations and Executive Director of The Natural Edge Project.
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Studio: Sense Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.13" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2007
Publisher Sense Publishers
ISBN 9087901348 ISBN13 9789087901349
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More About Valerie A. Brown
Valerie A. Brown is Director of the Local Sustainability Project, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University; and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health, University of Western Sydney. She has held national advisory positions in public health, environmental management and higher education, and presented innovative programs in these fields in the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe. Valerie is the author of over 200 research papers and 12 books on linking social and environmental issues and social change, the most recent being Towards whole-of-community engagement: a toolkit of strategies 2004 (with Heather Aslin); Sustainability and health: supporting global integrity in public health Earthscan 2005 (with J. Grootjans, J. Ritchie, M. Townsend and G.Verrinder); Social learning and environmental management Earthscan 2005 (with M.Keen and R. Dyball) and Leonardo's vision. A guide to collective thinking and action SENSE 2008
Valerie A. Brown has an academic affiliation as follows - Director of the Local Sustainability Project Human Ecology Program Aus.
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A Visionary's vision Nov 30, 2007
A key part of the message in "Leonardo's Vision" is the opportunity to understand and apply principles and actions underpinning collective action to address complex problems - none more complex than working towards a sustainable future! The author describes how traditional Western organisations (including governments and educational institutions) have tended to divide their activities into professional specialisations as a way of operating (and indeed communicating). For example, even in the area of sustainability there are social, economic and environmental aspects of reality severed from each other! And while triple bottom line accounting promised much, the systemic way in which it has been applied by most organisations has tended to reinforce this divide. Thus, cross-disciplinary approaches which seek to apply single bottom line accounting, such as those being undertaken by some enlighened local governments, are one method by which collective action can be taken for a sustainable future. And, while grappling with these ways to make the Single Bottom Line work will not be easy, they can help to move collective goals further towards a shared ideal or vision.
This is a thought provoking book including theoretical bases to underpin thought and action and an invitation to adopt Leonardo's courage to act, as well as a range of good practice examples already in use for collective action for change and options to assist those actions. Highly recommended!