The Leap

The Leap

How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

Book - 2011
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The revolutionary follow-up to Chris Turner's Governor General's Literary Award and National Business Book Award nominee, The Geography of Hope.

The most vital project of the twenty-first century is a shift from our unsustainable way of life to a sustainable one--a great lateral leap from a track headed for economic and ecological disaster to one bound for renewed prosperity. In The Leap , Chris Turner presents a field guide to making that jump, drawing on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy, cleantech and urban design. From the solar towers of sunny Spain to the bike paths and pedestrianized avenues of the world's most livable city--Copenhagen, Denmark--to the nascent "green-collar" economies rejuvenating the former East Germany and the American Rust Belt, he paints a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order already up and running.

In his 2007 book, The Geography of Hope , Chris Turner wrote about an emerging world of cleantech possibility. This led to a two-year stint as sustainability columnist for the Globe and Mail , during which many of the fringe developments covered in his book became vital. By the time those two years were up his reporting tracks were being retraced by mainstream outlets like the New York Times . In The Leap , he once again charts the world's near-future course.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307359223
Branch Call Number: 338. 927 TUR
Characteristics: 360 p.


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Feb 13, 2018

Considering that this was written way back in 2011 it is still remarkably contemporary and relevant. It is interesting to see how much the world of sustainable energy has grown since then, but sobering that the other areas he deals with - urban development, sustainable agriculture - have not expanded much in scope at all.
The concept of “ business not as usual” i.e. the leap to a new paradigm, is very apposite and nicely developed. His four key factors explaining the difficulties we all have in imagining the outcome of a “ leap” in any area are particularly cogent.

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