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The Isis Agreement: How Sustainability can Improve Organizational Performance and Transform the World

By: Alan Atkisson

240 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Jun 2008 | #173517 | ISBN-13: 9781844074150
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This is the must-have book for leaders in business, organizations and government scrambling to get a grip on sustainability while improving performance in the era of climate change.

Renowned business and sustainability consultant Alan Atkisson distils decades of wisdom and experience into this highly readable and motivational work. The core of the book is AtKisson's potent Accelerator, currently in use by business, governments and organizations such as UNEP in dozens of countries, which is a comprehensive toolkit that helps integrate sustainability into organizations, initiatives and plans.

It can be used by any group, organization, business, community or region, in virtually any context. Central to the Accelerator is the potent ISIS (Indicators, Systems, Innovation, Strategy) method that teaches leaders how to create a whole-systems view of their organization, to identify and understand blockages and opportunities, and to leverage the potential for innovative change that adds value and accelerates progress towards sustainability.

'Clearly another winner!' Sustainability Indicators 'AtKisson's Accelerator tools and ISIS Method are powerful - I've seen them in action. This book is the essential guide, while also being an inspiring and informative read for just about anybody.' Hunter Lovins, President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions 'AtKisson at his best.' Herman Mulder, independent adviser, former Senior Executive Vice President of ABN AMRO 'A must-read book.' Manuel Baigorri, Director, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Levi Strauss Europe, Middle East and Africa 'A powerful tonic for hope.' Darcy Hitchcock, co-author of The Business Guide to Sustainability 'The ISIS Agreement is awesome ... and gives those of us who've stepped up to the plate and been doing this work for years some reference points and the feeling that we are actually doing something.' Nancy Lee Bentley, Wholistic Health Expert & Author of Truly Cultured 'The ideal entry point for leaders and innovators in all organizations for understanding and instituting change towards sustainability ... essential, transformative reading for leaders in business, organizations, and government, and professionals of all description in all sectors who are working on whole systems change in pursuit of strategies for innovation, sustainability, and profitability, as well as students in business and management.' Sustainable Village


Prologue: Isis, Osiris, and Us; Preface: A Friendly Warning before Reading this Book; The ISIS Agreement: Executive Summary and User's Guide; The World Witnesses a Murder; The Golden Coffin; The Not-So-Secret Agents of ISIS; Creating the New 'New Economy'; The Planet-Managers; Welcome to the Rest of Your Life; A Compass for the 21st Century; A Pyramid for ISIS; Into the Amoeba; An Army for Sustainability; How to Measure What You Treasure; Thinking is Linking; Playing with Power; Making it Happen; Epilogue: The Golden Child.

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Alan AtKisson is Executive Director of The Earth Charter Initiative, which promotes adoption and use of the Earth Charter worldwide, and President and CEO of The AtKisson Group, an international sustainability consultancy to business and government. He is also the author of the best selling Believing Cassandra (Chelsea Green, 1999) and co-author of The Natural Advantage of Nations (2006).

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