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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408822180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul is an independent writer, advisor and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. He has been an activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years and is widely recognised as a global authority and thought leader on sustainability and on its implications for business and social change. He lives on a blueberry farm in southern Tasmania, Australia with his wife and children.

He has also served as CEO of a range of innovative NGO's and companies including Greenpeace International and two companies he owned - Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green. He has worked on business strategy with the CEOs and executives of many leading companies including globally with DuPont, Diageo, BHP Billiton and Ford. He also helped to establish and served on the board of a number of non-profit groups. His speaking and work has taken him to over 30 countries.

His current roles include as a member of the Core Faculty at Cambridge University's Program for Sustainability Leadership. "The Great Disruption" is his first book and was published globally by Bloomsbury in 2011.
His blog, The Cockatoo Chronicles, has subscribers around the world and can be found at www.paulgilding.com

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'One of those who has been warning me of [a coming crisis] for a long time is Paul Gilding, the Australian environmental business expert. He has a name for this moment--when both Mother Nature and Father Greed have hit the wall at once--"The Great Disruption."' (Thomas Friedman in the New York Times)

'Gilding says that our current economic model is driving the system over a cliff. We are already living beyond the planet's capacity to support us and a crisis is no longer avoidable' (The Times)

'If you're planning to stick around for the 21st century, this might be a useful book to consult' (Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature)

'[An] important work ... This is a book which deserves to be read by people of all ages from many walks of life' (Canberra Times)

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A major new analysis and action plan to deal with two linked challenges to human ingenuity and human survival - the crisis of climate change and the world economic crash.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Joseph on 11 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I did enjoy this book and could relate to it well. with all my good intentions I still dont do much. however
one thing that worries me. is when will we realise that we ned to change. what will be the signal. Will we have to wait for it "to goose step down the Champs elysees". before we realise something is amiss.
Also not sure I think Ocado is a great example of an company that energy saving yes but does it help knit communities together no sure. It seems to be another example of how supermarkets are taking advantage.
Also Generation They are only interested in big companies and individuals. I emailed them recently explaining I was a small investor and they didnt even deign me with a reply. Once again only the elite can afford to have ethics.
whilst I agree with his premise that people will be galvinised there are still a lot of powerful people who will take advantage of the situation to increase their power. e.g taking control of water, energy. This needs to be factored in.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Khalid S. Al Khater on 20 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is great in explaining human predicament but too optimistic about the ability of contemporary world political order to solve global problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Acts5v29 on 12 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book speaks in a much-needed and imformal manner. It speaks plainly about our situation and incorporates evidence without being obtrusive.

Its message - that we will all pull together in the emergency - presumes that Mankind can solve whatever problem it faces through a kind of imgenuity by necessity. This crisis is not only too massive but has left us insufficient time to abate its consequences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Linney on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Really powerful message about where we are headed - first 1/4 of the book - and then a lot of repetitive and naive complacency about how we will all band together to solve the problems once it becomes unescapable. He loves talking about how we are mainly in denial about the problems facing the world, but he is in denial about how selfishly nations and individuals will react when their way of life is threatened. He keeps on and on about WWII as an example - how the Brits refused to give in and pulled together. Unfortunately the analogy is strained beyond all reasonableness. Also, my biggest criticism is that in the first 50 pages he talks about population and how the Earth cannot support the projected 9B population. But he then doesn't mention it again. How many of those 9B are going to die on the route to his better world and new economics? And his examples of the organisations that are at the forefront of a new paradigm are laughable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jammy Dodger on 9 May 2014
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I think this book was written with the intention of being inspirational and a call to action but, though I agree with the general ideas in the book, it did not really inspire me. Reading it felt a bit repetitive and as if the point would be on the next page but somehow it did not really ever arrive.

A lot of optimism but a bit hand wavy about why the optimism was justified.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tegan tallulah on 6 May 2012
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This is a really interesting book about how the earth's limits are being reached and how this ecological crisis will cause a crash of the global economy. Gilding then goes onto describe how he thinks human society will re-organize it's self into a 'steady-state' economy that focuses on well-being and sustainability. I read it within 5 days. It's written in an intelligent way, with foot notes and references, but it is also very readable.
Gilding keeps one eye on human ingenuity and the other firmly on the harshness of science. His core message is that the challenge we face is the biggest ever (!) and that although times of great hardship are unavoidable, ultimately, we can succeed and get through this. His tone is of realism flirting with optimism.

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