- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 893 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bloodstone Books (7 Dec. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MHSTS0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #665,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was hoping for a stronger background and more sound theories. Let me explain: I believe NSL is an okay book in its own merit, and yet it stretched too far in its ranging of subjects while at the same time being very thin when it comes to backing up some of the claims behind it. Case in point: a few times the trends that it was addressing were treated superficially, without proper background research, and talking about some issues in a way that did not give justice at all to what the issue really was about. E.g. I am familiar with participatory decision-making, and theory U, both mentioned in the book, and the way they are described in the book is simply misleading :/ So that makes me wonder of how much practical applicability are the ideas and the advice if the understanding of some basics of the issues is partial and/or flawed? Bear in mind, I am particularly demanding with books, and enjoy only books that are both able to explain in plain terms AND have strong scientific backing to their claims. It would be a good book to have an overview on a changing world, but don't expect much depth (imo) nor sound advice for working differently with this fast changing world.
Those are all samples from this book, and they demonstrate, how the book illustrates many daily issues of our business life. But it is not only about the business life. It is about the life of human beings and the whole society. This book puts you to think, how business, ethics, economy and fairness can work together in today's life. People are frustrated in their daily work, some huge financial institutions with very complex instruments prevail the world, and the industrial era model doesn't work anymore, it doesn't create jobs and it doesn't offer sustainable solutions.
The book also demonstrates many new models to live and make business. They are e.g. models that are not based on huge corporations, but on networked models of individuals and smaller companies to make business together, including crowd-sourcing and crowdfunding. Internet and mobile typically have an important role in these new models. People don't need hierarchical organizations and many middle-men, people can do things directly with other people. It also change the way to make daily work.
Let's be honest, this is not an easy book to read. And it doesn't offer easy solutions. But it forces you to think. I don't agree on all points and opinions in this book, but it gave seeds to think more and find better models to tackle the challenges. This book is especially about the end of industrial era and how we enter to a new 'digital networked society', but we don't know yet, how to live and make business in this new era. But now is the time to think about it. I recommend to read this, and start to think.
The only way out of this dead-end is to rethink and redesign the way we live, work and play - from top to bottom. Alan Moore offer us his creative game plan for rediscovering humanity via natural human participation where craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and self-mastery will eventually replace hierarchies, lack of transparency and business as usual. Prepare to get your mind blown away - you will never look at the world in the same way again. I sure don't.
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