Solving the World's Problems

Author: Robert Lee Brewer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935708902

Category: Poetry

Page: 92

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The "World" in Robert Lee Brewer's Solving the World's Problems is a slippery world ... where chaos always hovers near, where we are (and should be) "splashing around in dark puddles." And one feels a bit dizzy reading these poems because (while always clear, always full of meaning) they come at reality slantwise so that nothing is quite the same and the reader comes away with a new way of looking at the ordinary objects and events of life. The poems are brim-full of surprises and delights, twists in the language, double-meanings of words, leaps of thought and imagination, interesting line-breaks. There are love and relationship poems, dream poems, poems of life in the modern world. And always the sense (as he writes) of "pulling the world closer to me/leaves falling to the ground/ birds flying south." I read these once, twice with great enjoyment. I will go back to them often. -Patricia Fargnoli, former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and author of Then, Something

Guesstimation

Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

Author: Lawrence Weinstein,John A. Adam

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400824441

Category: Mathematics

Page: 320

View: 3464

Guesstimation is a book that unlocks the power of approximation--it's popular mathematics rounded to the nearest power of ten! The ability to estimate is an important skill in daily life. More and more leading businesses today use estimation questions in interviews to test applicants' abilities to think on their feet. Guesstimation enables anyone with basic math and science skills to estimate virtually anything--quickly--using plausible assumptions and elementary arithmetic. Lawrence Weinstein and John Adam present an eclectic array of estimation problems that range from devilishly simple to quite sophisticated and from serious real-world concerns to downright silly ones. How long would it take a running faucet to fill the inverted dome of the Capitol? What is the total length of all the pickles consumed in the US in one year? What are the relative merits of internal-combustion and electric cars, of coal and nuclear energy? The problems are marvelously diverse, yet the skills to solve them are the same. The authors show how easy it is to derive useful ballpark estimates by breaking complex problems into simpler, more manageable ones--and how there can be many paths to the right answer. The book is written in a question-and-answer format with lots of hints along the way. It includes a handy appendix summarizing the few formulas and basic science concepts needed, and its small size and French-fold design make it conveniently portable. Illustrated with humorous pen-and-ink sketches, Guesstimation will delight popular-math enthusiasts and is ideal for the classroom.

Be the Solution

How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World?s Problems

Author: Michael Strong,John Mackey

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons

ISBN: 9780470488140

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 8747

Praise for Be the Solution "In the past, many believed you either went into 'public service' to do good, or you 'went into business' to make money. Few realized that the long-term success of business depends on serving people, not making money. Few realized that perhaps the best way to serve the public was through free enterprise. Whole Foods Market founder John Mackey, visionary thinker Michael Strong, micro lender Muhammad Yunus, and a few others understand these truths. Be the Solution is the best single book to read to understand the emerging ways in which entrepreneurs can change the world." —Gary Hoover, serial entrepreneur, founder of Hoover's Business Information Service, Hooversworld.com "Michael Strong speaks the truth. A must-read for our new American government." —Sam Wyly, founder, Green Mountain Energy; author of 1,000 Dollars and an Idea "This book is totally fantastic. Treat your mind to a feast. Use it to tune your vision towards what really works." —Charles Harper, Senior Executive VP, Chief Strategist, John Templeton Foundation "Perhaps more than ever before, young people today are motivated by the desire to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, many have little idea about how to do it, and their educational studies provide them with little direction. In contrast, this book is a road map about how we can get from where we are to where we want to be—to a more peaceful, more prosperous, and more environmentally sound world. Plus, it is exciting, uplifting, and adventurous. Indeed, it provides the recipe for a better world." —Dr. James Gwartney, coauthor of Economic Freedom of the World: 2007 Annual Report; Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University "This is a very thoughtful and timely book that asks us to look around—and to look within—the amazing opportunities that entrepreneurship offers to the world. I recommend this book to anyone interested in finding solutions to the current crisis." —Giancarlo Ibarguen, Executive President, Universidad Francisco Marroquin "At last, a book about the heart of capitalism as a force for creating good in the world for solving many of our tough societal problems. I hope our political leaders read it." —R. Edward Freeman, Olsson Professor of Business Administration, Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, University of Virginia

The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World's Toughest Problems

Author: Lynda Gratton

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 007183897X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 2215

One of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of the future of work and human capital, Lynda Gratton argues that global corporations can be major players in changing the world, with their massive networks of human resources, varieties of expertise, and vast organizational skills. In The Key, Gratton shows how companies like IKEA, Nike, Vodaphone, and Unilever are devising innovative ways to tackle critical social issues, and she describes how corporate leaders can transform their own company into an organization equipped to tackle today’s toughest issues. Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and the founder of the Hot Spots Movement. She has written seven books and numerous academic articles and is considered one of the world's authorities on people in organizations.

Guesstimation 2.0

Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin

Author: Lawrence Weinstein

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400844665

Category: Mathematics

Page: 384

View: 8083

Guesstimation 2.0 reveals the simple and effective techniques needed to estimate virtually anything--quickly--and illustrates them using an eclectic array of problems. A stimulating follow-up to Guesstimation, this is the must-have book for anyone preparing for a job interview in technology or finance, where more and more leading businesses test applicants using estimation questions just like these. The ability to guesstimate on your feet is an essential skill to have in today's world, whether you're trying to distinguish between a billion-dollar subsidy and a trillion-dollar stimulus, a megawatt wind turbine and a gigawatt nuclear plant, or parts-per-million and parts-per-billion contaminants. Lawrence Weinstein begins with a concise tutorial on how to solve these kinds of order of magnitude problems, and then invites readers to have a go themselves. The book features dozens of problems along with helpful hints and easy-to-understand solutions. It also includes appendixes containing useful formulas and more. Guesstimation 2.0 shows how to estimate everything from how closely you can orbit a neutron star without being pulled apart by gravity, to the fuel used to transport your food from the farm to the store, to the total length of all toilet paper used in the United States. It also enables readers to answer, once and for all, the most asked environmental question of our day: paper or plastic?

Solutions for the World's Biggest Problems

Costs and Benefits

Author: Bjørn Lomborg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139469231

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 9331

The world has many pressing problems. Thanks to the efforts of governments, NGOs, and individual activists there is no shortage of ideas for resolving them. However, even if all governments were willing to spend more money on solving the problems, we cannot do it all at once. We have to prioritize; and in order to do this we need a better sense of the costs and benefits of each 'solution'. This book offers a rigorous overview of twenty-three of the world's biggest problems relating to the environment, governance, economics, and health and population. Leading economists provide a short survey of the analysis and sketch out policy solutions for which they provide cost-benefit ratios. A unique feature is the provision of freely downloadable software which allows readers to make their own cost-benefit calculations for spending money to make the world a better place.

Solving the World's Problems

Give Greed a Chance

Author: Ronnie Horesh

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595339611

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 180

View: 7731

Violent political conflict and climate change threaten us all. Governments and international bodies have failed to respond in any meaningful way. They continue to fund activities and institutions that are only tenuously linked with social and environmental goals. Social Policy Bonds are a new financial instrument that could revolutionize policymaking. By issuing them, governments and the private sector could inextricably tie rewards to outcomes, and inject market incentives into the achievement of such universally desired goals as world peace and climate stability.Ronnie Horesh's Social Policy Bond concept has been praised by distinguished economists. He has spoken about it in such forum as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Cambridge University and think tanks in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The Fix

How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline

Author: Jonathan Tepperman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1101903007

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 307

View: 3019

"Identifies 10 pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges including immigration reform, income inequality, political corruption and Islamic terrorism and shows that each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one, but one that has been proven in a real hotspot in the world, "--NoveList.

Solving the World's Water Problems

Author: Colin Chartres

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780132610070

Category: History

Page: 10

View: 6463

This is the eBook version of the printed book. This Element is an excerpt from Out of Water: From Abundance to Scarcity and How to Solve the World’s Water Problems (9780131367265) by Colin Chartres and Samyuktha Varma. Available in print and digital formats. The “Blue Revolution”: how to overcome the emerging global water crisis that will lead to food crises, unrest, and uncontrolled mass migration Lack of water for growing food will be one of the 21st century’s most critical issues. If we don’t change how we manage water, the future will consist of increasingly frequent food crises, social and political unrest, and potential mass migrations out of areas most severely affected. We need to consider a “Blue Revolution.”

High Noon

20 Global Problems, 20 Years To Solve Them

Author: Jean-francois Rischard

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465004415

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 5724

In this age of instant communication and biotechnology, on this ever-smaller planet, what kinds of problems have we created for ourselves? How do we tackle them in a world where the accustomed methods used by nation-states may be reaching their natural limits?In High Noon, J. F. Rischard challenges us to take a new approach to the twenty most important and urgent global problems of the twenty-first century. Rischard finds their common thread: we don't have an effective way of dealing with the problems that our increasingly crowded, interconnected world creates. Our difficulties belong to the future, but our means of solving them belong to the past.Rischard proposes new vehicles for global problem-solving that are startling and persuasive. With its clear-eyed urgency and refreshing specificity, High Noon is an agenda-setting book that everyone who cares about the future must read.

Driving Social Change

How to Solve the World's Toughest Problems

Author: Paul C. Light

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470940143

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 3716

Strategies for long-term social impact This important new book illustrates how to create the social breakthroughs needed to solve urgent global threats such as poverty, disease, and hunger. It then turns to three alternative, but complementary, paths to social breakthrough: social protecting, social exploring, and social advocacy, providing a detailed map of the journey from initial commitment to a world of justice and opportunity Examines the current condition of the social impact infrastructure Offers strategies for how to remedy the steady weakening of our social-impact infrastructure Provides tactics to build strong social organizations and networks Illustrates dynamic methods to respond to constant economic and social change Author Paul Light believes we should be less concerned about the tools of agitation (social entrepreneurship, social protecting, social exploring, and social advocacy) and more concerned about the disruption and replacement of the status quo. Timely in its urgency, this book describes the revolutionary social impact cycle, which provides a new approach for framing the debate about urgent threats.

The Power of Positive Deviance

How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems

Author: Richard T. Pascale,Jerry Sternin,Monique Sternin

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422110664

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 231

View: 5692

Outlines a problem solving approach that replaces traditional ideas of power and authority with a method that allows individuals to discover answers for themselves.

Reframe

How to Solve the World's Trickiest Problems

Author: Eric Knight

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1863955593

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 1236

'An original and vital contribution to understanding politics.' - Matt Ridley, author of The Rational OptimistHow to solve the world's trickiest political problems? In Reframe,Eric Knight explains how a change of focus can reveal a solution that was lying just outside your frame of vision. From terrorism to global warming, from border security to high finance, he brings a new perspective that is both exhilarating and useful. Why can't we eliminate terrorism by killing terrorists? Why can't we learn anything about climate change by talking about the weather? Why can't we resolve immigration tensions by building higher fences? And what do fishermen in Turkey have to teach us about international relations? This is an optimistic, lucid and original book by a brilliant young Australian thinker.

Problem Solving 101

A Simple Book for Smart People

Author: Ken Watanabe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101029183

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

View: 2407

The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant. He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople can also use it to master some powerful skills. Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend. Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

Wicked and Wise

How to Solve the World's Toughest Problems

Author: Ken Wilber,Alan Watkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909273641

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 4612

A groundbreaking new series explores hotly debated issues and offers some intelligent, challenging, and wise ways forward that may be able to break through the current intractable position—the first is coauthored by the author of A Brief History of Everything Each book in this series is coauthored by leading leadership consultant Alan Watkins and a hand-picked expert in the relevant subject field—in this case, one of the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time. This first entry looks at some of the most pressing and topical issues affecting the world today, from the clash of religions and cultures in a globalized world to the growing dominance of technology. The book sets the scene for debating the key challenges facing current and future generations, and sets possible agendas for how leaders, and potential leaders, can solve challenges through the wise application of multi-tiered multi-channel, multi-organizational intervention lead in a highly developed, enlightened, and selfless way.

Solving Tough Problems

An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities: Easyread Large Bold Edition

Author: Adam Kahane

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442950188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

View: 7296

A Better World, Inc.

How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...Where Governments Cannot

Author: Alice Korngold

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137337168

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 1138

In A Better World, Inc., Korngold shows companies and their executives how to profit by developing solutions to the world's most daunting challenges – those that governments cannot and have not addressed. Using case studies of various global companies from Nike to Pfizer to Vodafone and GlaxoSmithKline, A Better World, Inc. delineates best practices for corporations to maximize profits, decrease costs, and build the longer-term value of their companies by ensuring a more sustainable and humane world. In declaring that 'only global corporations have the resources, global reach, and self-interest to build a better world,' Korngold shows how to ensure that this is a mutually beneficial and equitable relationship for business and society. A Better World, Inc. provides a roadmap to success, including stakeholder engagement; partnerships among businesses, NGOs, and governments; measurement, accountability and reporting; and effective corporate governance. Korngold also discusses the most powerful drivers for companies to further intensify their innovations in solving global challenges: consumers, employees, and investors.

Capitalism at the Crossroads

Next Generation Business Strategies for a Post-Crisis World

Author: Stuart L. Hart

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780132161657

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 5722

Today’s era of economic crisis has sent a powerful message: The age of "mercenary" capitalism is ending. We must finally embark on a new age of sustainable, stakeholder-based capitalism. While enlightened executives and policymakers understand the critical need for change, few have tangible plans for making it happen. In Capitalism at the Crossroads: Next Generation Business Strategies for a Post-Crisis World, Third Edition, Stuart L. Hart presents new strategies for identifying sustainable products, technologies, and business models that will drive urgently needed growth and help solve social and environmental problems at the same time. Drawing on his experience consulting with top companies and NGOs worldwide, Hart shows how to craft your optimal sustainability strategy and overcome the limitations of traditional "greening" approaches. In this edition, he presents new and updated case studies from the United States and around the world, demonstrating what’s working and what isn’t. He also guides business leaders in building an organizational "infrastructure for sustainability"--one that can survive budgeting and boardrooms, recharging innovation and growth throughout your enterprise. Discover: · The new business case for pursuing sustainable capitalism · Sustainability strategies that go far beyond environmental sensitivity · How to fully embed your enterprise in the local context--and why you should · Tactics for making long-term sustainability work in a short-term world

Maze

A Riddle In Words and Pictures

Author: Christopher Manson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805010886

Category: Games

Page: 96

View: 1113

This is not really a book. This is a building in the shape of a book...a maze. Each numbered page depicts a room in the maze. Tempted? Test your wits against mine. I guarantee that my maze will challenge you to think in ways you've never thought before. But beware. One wrong turn and you may never escape!

How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

Author: Bjørn Lomborg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139457209

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 2388

Edited by Bjørn Lomborg, this abridged version of the highly acclaimed Global Crises, Global Solutions provides a serious yet accessible springboard for debate and discussion on the world's most serious problems, and what we can do to solve them. In a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money. This unique book provides a rich set of dialogs examining ten of the most serious challenges facing the world today: climate change, the spread of communicable diseases, conflicts and arms proliferation, access to education, financial instability, governance and corruption, malnutrition and hunger, migration, sanitation and access to clean water, and subsidies and trade barriers. Each problem is introduced by a world-renowned expert who defines the scale of the issue and examines a range of policy options.