Industrial capitalism is broken. The signs, which transcend national ideologies, are everywhere: climate change; ecological overshoot; financial exhaustion; fraying social safety nets; corporate fraud; government deceit; civic unrest; terrorism; and war. But there is hope. This book tells how transformation is taking root in the corporate world – the last place many of us would look for solutions.
The book tells the stories of seven exceptional companies. Their shared secret is a new mental model of the firm that is the virtual opposite of industrial capitalism. Each company, if not already a household name, is a significant player within their industry and, crucially, has outperformed their competitors. Lessons can be learned.
It works like this. Instead of modeling themselves on the assumed efficiency of machines – a thought process that emerged during the industrial age – these firms model themselves on living systems. Firms with open, ethical, inclusive traditions – where employees have a voice and a stake in what happens – have a distinct advantage over traditionally managed companies where most decisions are made at the top.
Understanding that everything of value ultimately arises from life, they place a higher value on living assets (people and Nature) than they do on non-living capital assets. The energy they invest in stewarding those assets – a practice described in the book as living asset stewardship (LAS) – is transformative.
Table of Contents
1. Changing Paradigms
2. The Power of Networks
3. Management by Means
4. Conservation of Resources
6. Sense of Purpose
8. Towards Industrial Symbiosis
9. The Emerging Corporate RenaissanceEpilogue Appendix 1. The Global LAMP Index® Appendix 2. Global LAMP Index® Returns Appendix 3. Credit Ratings of LAMP Companies
While intuitively sensible, the research summarized in Companies that Mimic Life provides the empirical evidence needed to support his thesis that working in harmony with Nature and society is not only necessary for the future of life on earth, but is also the most profitable way forward. Not only is this reassuring, it also offers a clear direction for companies who know their success is dependent on the quality of the relationships with their customers, the communities they serve and the environment. - Huffington Post - Dawna Jones