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The Positive Deviant: Sustainability Leadership in a Perverse World

By: Sara Parkin

240 pages, figs, tabs

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Hardback | Jul 2010 | #186735 | ISBN-13: 9781849711180
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About this book

A low carbon economy will require thousands, if not millions of exceptional leaders. This book brings together sustainability knowledge with the leadership skills and tools needed to become one of those leaders.

'A veritable bible for leaders everywhere - business schools take note!' Lord Puttnam 'If life is too short to stuff a mushroom, it certainly isn't long enough to delay action on climate change. Business, government and campaigners alike, The Positive Deviant will give you all you need to become a sustainability leader and do the right thing yourself - straight away and despite the ditherers.' [Dame] Fiona Reynolds, Director, National Trust 'We are going to need the best possible leaders to guide us out of this mess and start us on the path to a sustainable future. In this fascinating book, Sara Parkin condenses her years of teaching experience into the definitive 'how-to' guide to sustainability leadership. An essential read for all leaders and managers.' Tim Jackson, Economics Commissioner, UK Sustainable Development Commission and author of Prosperity without Growth 'Want to know how the future thinks? Plug into the world of the Forum for the Future Scholars. As Sara Parkin, eminence grise behind the Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, puts it, 'The Future starts here'.' John Elkington, Executive Chairman, Volans Ventures; co-founder, SustainAbility; co-author, The Power of Unreasonable People 'With stalled international conferences and debates, and with the need for a sustainable economy and ways of enjoying life ever more pressing, this book is a brilliant response. It takes us by the hand and leads us through the ambiguities, the uncertainties and the difficulties and shows us what we can all do. And why we need to do it.' Chris Smith, Chairman, Environment Agency of England and Wales


Contents

Introduction: Positive Deviance: A 21st Century Revolution
Part I: The Anatomy and Physiology of Unsustainable Development Introduction: Getting The Diagnosis Right Matters
1. The Symptoms ####
2. Anatomy And Physiology #
3. The Treatment ##### Conclusion: A One in 250 Year Chance to get it Right
Part II: Lost Leadership
Introduction: A Dysfunctional System
4. The Best and Worst of it: Leadership Today #### 5. Business School Betrayal ###
Part III: Sustainability Literate Leadership ##### Introduction: Let Thousands of Positive Deviants Flourish!
6. Four Habits of Thought ####
7. New Perspectives and Broad Knowledge ##### 8. Principles of Practice and Tools for the Trade #### Conclusion: Practical Wisdom
Part IV: A Global Sustainability To Do List
Introduction: Global Challenges, Local Contributions
9. A Global Sustainability To Do List#### Prologue: The Future Starts Here
Bibliography: A Good Read

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Biography

Sara Parkin is Founder Director of Forum for the Future, the UK's foremost sustainable development charity and a life-long campaigner for a socially and environmentally just way of life. She established the well regarded Leadership for Sustainable Development Masters at Forum and received an OBE in 2001 for services to education and sustainability.

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