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A groundbreaking statement about ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live. In True Wealth, economist Juliet B. Schor rejects the sacrifice message, with the insight that social innovations and new technology can simultaneously enhance our lives and protect the planet. Schor shares examples of urban farmer ...more
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Published August 30th 2011 by Penguin Group
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Russell Fox
I have used essays by Juliet Schor and chapters from this book of hers for many years in my "Simplicity and Sustainability" class, but I recently re-read the book entirely in order to remind myself of the full range of her proposals and arguments. It really is a fine book; her notion of "plenitude" (which was the original title of the book) is a powerful one, which combines the liberating and empowering potential of internet technology with her long-standing conviction that the route to a less e ...more
Julio Armas
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book!

This book introduced me to the conversation that is going on about the way we are using the planet resources, and how this is making a impact on our planet.

Also, it suggests and shows that there are other ways to do it. Other ways of living that gives back to the Earth and helps us feel better along the way.

The book is full of references and examples, so I'm positive that anyone who is interested in learning about other ways of wealth will find this book intere
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Cole Brandt
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely made me examine my own carbon footprint and what I can do to have a more minimal impact on the environment. I am very fortunate to have a job with few working hours but I know that suggestion is very difficult for others. I see the benefit in being able to use that time to learn and better yourself. Overall interesting points.
Ryan
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
This book carries a strong message, that beyond a certain point, growth, taken to mean the expansion of output, does not lead to more happiness and satisfied lives, has been and will continue to be detrimental to the natural world and its life support capacity, such that humanity should move away from conventional market based economics towards a model of self reliant, decentralised societies based on less income and more time in which to practice sustainable lifestyles. The evidence of mankind ...more
Diana
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book pairs well with the personal stories of simpler living that I have recently enjoyed. It is a nice academic overview of the environmental and psychological/health reasons to live more simply and the major ways people are pursuing these better lifestyles. This was a small book, and I would love to learn more details on what an economy that does not have planet-devastating consumption at its heart might look like. If there is much less demand for jobs in industries in manufacturing and re ...more
Samantha
May 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Once I slogged through the preface and introduction and pretty much got the gist of the book, I couldn't bring myself to actually read it. I feel like the whole thing could have been summed up in a bullet point list, or maybe a graph.
Rennie
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
The vision of smaller more responsive, responsible companies and potentially being time affluent as opposed to merely having more stuff is appealing. I liked the idea of "simplicity has become an evolutionary superior trait."
Beth Baryon
Oct 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I thought this book would be about lifestyles but instead it was just about economy. zzzzzzzzz.
Jack Oughton
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rarely have I felt so inspired by a book.
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Dry and uninspiring.
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Juliet Schor’s research over the last ten years has focussed on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic justice. Schor's latest book is Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is also author of The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The ...more

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