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Recommended books

Favorites from the editors of Managing Wholes.

Peter Donovan's top 10 recommended books

The Holistic Resource Management Quarterly

(Since this article was written, The Holistic Resource Management Quarterly has become Holistic Management in Practice)

The Holistic Resource Management Quarterly. Published by Holistic Management International, 1010 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505-842-5252). $25 a year.

LINKED: Network science and the diffusion of innovations

Physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi's new book Linked: The New Science of Networks demolishes many of the assumptions about networks--human, computer, and biological--that have prevailed, often unconsciously, for a long time.

Networks consist of nodes and links. In social networks for example, people are the nodes, and relationships are the links. That networks consist of a more-or-less random arrangement of nodes and links is often assumed.

The Carbon Fields: How our countryside can save Britain by Graham Harvey

Graham Harvey's book The Carbon Fields: How our countryside can save Britain, does an intriguing job of connecting problems and changes that are not often associated. He blames the epidemic of human health problems, the decline of rural communities, and much of climate change on the shift from perennial grassland agriculture to annual grain farming. The corollary is that these problems could be dealt with by a shift back to grass farming.

Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature by Dan Dagget

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Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies by Ernesto Sirolli

Many people wish to strengthen their local economies, reduce dependence on multinational corporations, build community by doing things, or achieve self-fulfilment through meaningful work. Yet these results are not coming easily or economically from the top-down, programmatic, and strategic approaches typically used by governments, economic development districts, and even by community groups, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations.

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