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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782500618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782500612
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This remarkable book distills the essence of the ideas and values taught at Schumacher College, and shows how these teachings can be applied, with many case studies of enlightened business. A powerful antidote to today's dominant culture.' -- Fritjof Capra, author of The Hidden Connections and co-author of The Systems View of Life 'A manifesto for mindful living.' -- Satish Kumar 'What a gift to have these monumental, mind-changing ideas woven together skilfully in one book.' -- Margaret J Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science 'A must read for any forward thinking business.' -- Alan Moore, author of No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world, and, Designing for Transformation 'While great poets, artists and modern scientists intuitively see reality as relationships, economists, politicians, and business leaders fail to understand how parts and the whole relate in the world we inhabit. Holonomics presents a powerful mode of thinking, for a new, life-enhancing approach to human economic activity. I urge all economists, public officials and people in business to connect with this timely and important message.' -- H. Thomas Johnson, author of Profit Beyond Measure, and Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting 'A timely, radical and deeply insightful book.' -- Giles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business 'I have no doubt that this lucid integration of holistic science and business practices that do not ruin the Earth will rapidly become a landmark text.' -- Stephan Harding, editor of Grow Small, Think Beautiful 'For those who think that we must choose between environmental well-being and economic stability, here is a book that challenges that division. The authors show how business leaders can move beyond narrowly materialistic, reductionist frameworks toward more creative, imaginative and holistic visions of our sustainable, economic future.' -- Professor Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, author of Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development 'In Holonomics, the restructured knowledge which is shared will certainly help us - especially those in business with open minds -- to traverse this new age of knowledge and understanding of ourselves, our societies and our whole living planet.' -- Dr. Roberta Simonetti, specialist in sustainable business and finance 'Holonomics conveys the necessary holistic approach to rethink the economic model in a new and innovative way towards the sustainability path, where life -- for people and organisations - does matter.' -- Julio Bin, Sustainability and Sustainable Business Development adviser 'We are all looking for something to make us move together in a direction that we feel to be the correct one, and that long-lasting, profitable path that we may take is Holonomics.' -- Ricardo Della Santina Torres, economist 'Forward-looking business leaders as well as holistic thinkers will gain enormously from the insights of this highly informative book.' -- Network Review

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Simon Robinson is a consultant in innovation, strategy and complexity. He was one of the founders of Genie Internet, the world's first mobile internet portal and is a member of BCI (Biomimicry for Creative Innovation). He has a Masters degree in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, UK. Maria Moraes Robinson is an economist and consultant in strategy, change management and the 'Balanced Scorecard' management tool. She is a teacher and lecturer, interested in the themes of the economics of happiness and human values in education, and is the co-author of Strategy Management: Experiences and Lessons of Brazilian Companies and The Strategic Activist.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan Hoglund on 28 May 2014
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This is a book which places business within the overall ecosystem of the biosphere. Holonomics is a combination of `holos' (the whole) and economics. The authors highlight the limitations and traps within the current ways of thinking in business.

The book is divided into three parts:

- Part One introduces the phenomenological way of encountering wholeness in systems, which is a dynamic way of seeing. Experiencing the coming-into-being of phenomena makes it possible to reach a deeper understanding of the world. The authors call this holonomic thinking. Holonomic thinking doesn't replace mechanistic thinking, which focuses on objects, or systems thinking, where the dynamic coming-into-being often is lost, but expands our thinking.

- Part Two covers systems theory and complexity science. One of the key insights from Part Two is how the dynamic way of seeing transforms the observer from within through the genuine encounter with the phenomena that are studied. Holonomic thinking enables a person to reach a deeper understanding of the world where business is no longer seen as separate from people and nature.

- Part Three presents a number of case studies of holonomic thinking as applied to business. Holonomic thinking is relevant to businesses since they are living systems. Among the examples mentioned are: Visa Inc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L C-Pardoe on 13 May 2014
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As a postgraduate student, I am currently writing my dissertation and this book is a fantastic support. The book is written in three concise and easily digestible parts, which take the reader on a journey to restructure their consciousness in order to see systems as complex, 'living' wholes to reach a deeper understanding of the world. A world view in which everything is connected; where economics is no longer separate from ecology. To quote the authors; "It is a new world of holonomics - business where people and planet matter." At a time when the planet is facing unprecedented crises in global economics, politics, business, health and education, Holonomics offers the reader a way of changing perspective to view all life (i.e., the systems which make up life) as an interconnected whole. From this viewpoint, it is possible to access creative solutions to the myriad of issues facing our planet today. I would highly recommend reading this wonderful book - may it inspire you in the same way it is inspiring me.
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As a former Schumacher College MSc student, I wish I'd had this book as a study guide! With clear and logical structuring and explanations, it makes some complex ideas accessible. It also takes the reader on an experiential journey which is possibly as close as you can get to doing the MSc in Holistic Science without actually doing it! What's more, this book presents a well-reasoned case for a 'holonomic' as opposed to 'mechanistic' business model, seamlessly translating the ecological and perceptual teachings of holistic science into the world of work. Business can be an authentic, adaptive, truly innovative and even happy activity, and 'Holonomics' show how this can be achieved.
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Holonomics can transform a@ three levels 7 Feb. 2015
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There are many books claiming to be transformational. Most turn out to be a shallow 'how to' guide. Not Holonomics. It is a consistent analysis of how we can help transform ourselves, the communities and entities we are part of and ultimately the planet. The foundation of Holonomics is based on somewhat complex philosophical principles that normally could scare some people of applying the concept. Simon and Maria's ability to distill the core and apply it in practice though make the otherwise complex practical and very relevant, I was particularly fascinated by Goethe and the Theory of Colors and how Simon and Maria applied it.

As a senior executive in a global corporation I was indeed first skeptical about the concepts application to corporates but starting the personal journey that Holonomics offers is a way start grasping how it can apply to corporates.

Holonomics has to be lived and tried and luckily Simon and Maria has not only a website with great blogs but workshops and talks to further help people live Holonomics.
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