Thriving


It’s Time to Thrive

“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and of the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. In this world, a species can only thrive when everything else around it thrives too. We can solve the problems we now face by embracing this reality. If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us.”

– Sir David Attenborough

The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society and the Economy

An innovation agenda for turning our biggest global societal challenges into opportunities to thrive

The future will be better than you think. THRIVING shows how innovation can regenerate nature, society, and the economy by taking us from degradation to restoration of ecosystems, from depletion to renewal of resources, from disparity to responsibility in communities, from disease to revitalization of health, from disconnection to rewiring through technology, and from disruption to resilience of infrastructure and institutions.

THRIVING strives to:

  • Inform about why change is necessary and how it happens in society, as well as counter prevailing despair and pessimism about the state of the world with hope and optimism
  • Inspire with what change is possible and where it is already happening, showing how we can go from problems of
    breakdown to breakthrough solutions
  • Impel by creating a desire to turn information and inspiration into action, adding momentum to the growing regeneration movement

THRIVING is not an exercise in blind optimism about technology or other miracle-cure solutions; rather, it is an accessible approach to systems thinking and an offer of pragmatic hope based on purpose-driven creativity and innovation. Whether you’re a progressive leader, a professional in the sustainability field, or someone who simply wants to be better informed about ways to take positive action, this thorough guide is for you.

Praise

“It is time for all of us to step up or get out of the way”

“Wayne Visser is, above all else, a ‘possibilist’. And this is a state of mind, a state of being, that I recognise from all the great changemakers I have been privileged to meet and, in many cases, work with over the decades. My own conclusion is that we are at one of those great civilisational inflection points that comes perhaps once in a lifetime. Happily, we also see growing numbers of “green swan” trends, driving us toward breakthrough forms of progress. It is time for us all to step up— or get out of the way. Wayne has stepped up in THRIVING – and invites us all to do likewise.”

John Elkington, author of Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism

“Indispensable reading for current and future leaders”

“This is a wonderful book that offers both practical and profound insights, guidance and inspiration for the transformational journey ahead. It draws both expertly and brilliantly on the underlying science of systems thinking to offer an original framework on the keys to thriving. This book should be a set text for students of sustainability and indispensable reading for current and future leaders who must step up to deliver the business innovations, societal changes and ecosystem regeneration that we so urgently need.”

Dame Polly Courtice, DBE, LVO, Emeritus Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

“A roadmap for nothing less than the reinvention of the world”

“Wayne Visser has written a whale of a book.  He provides a roadmap for nothing less than the reinvention of the world—and how business can overcome the forces of breakdown to foster planetary thriving.  A master of mnemonics, Visser provides a comprehensive framework for tackling the world’s greatest challenges, replete with alliterations and other creative aide-mémoires.  A must-read—and one you will never forget.”

– Prof. Stuart L. Hart, PhD, author of Capitalism at the Crossroads

“Positivity is the main takeaway of Thriving

“Visser demonstrates how people, the planet, and business can prosper sustainably in the future. This commitment to regenerative solutions is also why Randstad is a proud supporter of the world’s first academic chair in sustainable transformation at Antwerp Management School, resulting in the development of the Future Resilience Index and the Good Work Goals. Along with Visser, we strongly believe that putting people first is essential for the health of our economy, society, and nature. That is the only way to co-create a world for us all to thrive in.”

Jacques van den Broek, CEO of Randstad Group

“An inspiring and tremendously hopeful book!”

“A key insight of the theory of living systems is the realization that life, at all levels, is inherently regenerative. In this book the author explores the social, economic, and political implications of this insight, which are critical to overcoming our multi-faceted crisis. He skillfully lays out a coherent framework for regeneration, illustrated with countless examples of innovative solutions, at the levels of ecosystems, societies, economies, and organizations. An inspiring and tremendously hopeful book!”

Fritjof Capra, PhD, author of The Hidden Connections, coauthor of The Systems View of Life

“A must read guide for how businesses can realise their potential”

“Visser’s book is not just another call to action – it is a must-read guide for how businesses can realise their potential by fundamentally changing their relationship with nature, society, and the economy.”

Mads Nipper, CEO of Ørsted

“A brilliant and comprehensive overview”

“Thriving is a brilliant and comprehensive overview of the burgeoning movement to regenerate our land, products, forests, cities, and society. His infectious optimism is borne from the possibilities that are emerging when people fully embrace the ecological and social crises we face and human imagination aligns with the life of the planet.”

Paul Hawken, author of Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation

“An essential guide for leaders who want to make a positive impact”

“Consistent with Our J&J Credo, Prof. Visser shows that caring deeply about people and the environment, and using science and innovation to create scalable solutions, is the best way to ensure a future where nature, society and the economy can all thrive together. The book’s inspiring examples, underlying science, and pragmatic advice make it an essential guide for leaders who want to make a positive impact and leave the world better than they found it.”

Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson EMEA

“Prophetic masterpiece brings a thriving future into the present”

“Wayne Visser offers the reader a wide-ranging blueprint for a better future rooted in regeneration, which is different from sustainability as practiced in today’s corporate boardrooms. Combining prospective storytelling with hard data on existing social and global challenges, as well as practical guidance on how to take action, this prophetic masterpiece brings a thriving future into the present.”

Chris Laszlo, PhD, author of Quantum Leadership and Flourishing Enterprise

A must-read for everyone ignited by regeneration!

“Wayne Visser’s clear style underpinned by eye-opening data on global challenges, addresses a wide audience, fostering engagement and integrated thinking in all who want to take action and thrive.”

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp

“At last, a positive, upbeat set of ideas for our future” 

“This book will inform all of us who are committed to a great future for our children.”

– Prof. R. Edward Freeman, PhD, author of The Power of And: Responsible Business Without Tradeoffs

“Drenched in wisdom that will stay with you”

“When you look at planet Earth from a living systems perspective, you realize that sustainability is not a goal in itself, it is the byproduct of the biological process of regeneration. Only those that leave the world better off are able to survive over the long haul. Regeneration therefore is a much more effective and appealing answer to resolve the multiple intertwining crises we are facing today. In his newest book Thriving Wayne Visser makes a solid case for regeneration. He not only offers points for action but many beautiful heart stirring poems.”

Leen Gorissen, Innovation biologist and author of Building the Future of Innovation on millions of years of Natural Intelligence

“A must read for all those with an open mind aiming to have a positive impact”

“This leading and pioneering work of my colleague Prof. dr. Wayne Visser is a must read for all those with an open mind aiming to have a positive impact on society. At Antwerp Management School, our mission is to cultivate and develop the best leaders – not of the world – but for the world and for a better society. Together, leaders in academia, business, government, and each single individual,  we hold a huge responsibility to realize a deep transition towards integrated and sustainable value creation. Thank you Wayne for guiding us towards a responsible management mindset.”

– Prof. Steven De Haes, PhD, Dean of Antwerp Management School

“Thriving is the new sustainability”

“Thriving is the new sustainability. To better understand why, go no further, and read this book. Wayne Visser has written an engaging and creative approach to the concept for a number of audiences – be it you are an academic, practitioner, or a bridge builder between different sectors and stakeholders.”

Jonas Haertle, Chief, Office of the Executive Director, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

“If we want to unlock global responsibility … thriving is the key”

“I hope and expect that our future selves and the next generation will look back on the Regenerative Twenties and the Thriving Thirties as a celebration of the insight, inspiration and intent gained from Wayne Visser’s book, Thriving. If we want to unlock global responsibility in how we learn, live and lead, thriving is the key.”

John North, Executive Director, The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

“A true inspiration for the contemporary leader”

“In his book THRIVING, Wayne Visser inspires hope to regenerate our planet before it is too late. Not based on blind faith, but based on a dazzling myriad of insights, data, testimonies, cases, role models, and stories of real heroes. As a true scholar, global citizen, and business school professor, Prof. Visser pulls together insights from science, technology, and business, shares his testimony of initiatives around the world, and shows a practical way forward with the six forces of thriving. A true inspiration for the contemporary leader.”

Prof. Steven Poelmans, PhD, author of The Paradoxes of Leadership

“Just about as timely as any book published today”

“Wayne Visser’s book is just about as timely as any book published today could possibly be. It is a must-read – NOW!”

Ervin Laszlo, PhD, author ofTHE UPSHIFT: Meeting the Challenge

Author

DR. WAYNE VISSER is a globally recognised Cambridge “pracademic.” An idea-monger, storyteller, and meme weaver, he is the author of 40 books. His work as a champion for thriving, strategy analyst, sustainability academic, documentary filmmaker, poet, and professional speaker has taken him to more than 75 countries. He has been recognized by Trust Across America as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders in trustworthy business and named a top-100 sustainability leader by ABC Carbon.

Dr. Visser currently serves as head tutor, fellow, and lecturer at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, as well as professor of integrated value at Antwerp Management School, where he holds the world’s first academic chair in sustainable transformation. He is also a director of the think tank and media company Kaleidoscope Futures Lab and founder of CSR International. Previous roles include director of sustainability services for KPMG and strategy analyst for Capgemini in South Africa.

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Books

Dr Wayne Visser is the author of 40 books, including non-fiction works like Thriving, The World Guide to Sustainable EnterpriseSustainable FrontiersCSR 2.0 and The Age of Responsibility and poetry collections like Life in TransitSeize the Day and I Am An African. See a full list with descriptions and links to buy below.

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Non-Fiction

Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society and the Economy

An innovation agenda for turning our biggest global societal challenges into opportunities to thrive. The future will be better than you think. Thriving shows how innovation can regenerate nature, society, and the economy by taking us from degradation to restoration of ecosystems, from depletion to renewal of resources, from disparity to responsibility in communities, from disease to revitalization of health, from disconnection to rewiring through technology, and from disruption to resilience of infrastructure and institutions. Whether you’re a progressive leader, a professional in the sustainability field, or someone who simply wants to be better informed about ways to take positive action, this thorough guide is for you. What others say about the book | Pre-order today.

Purpose Inspired: Reflections on Conscious Living – Volume 4

This is the fourth volume of Purpose Inspired, a collection of daily reflections written on conscious living and how that applies to business and everyday life. Each is a 100 word micro-essay on a different topic. Some are full of facts and figures; others are more philosophical and poetic. But they have a common theme, which is how we can change ourselves and the world for a better, brighter future. In this fourth volume, you can read about everything from art, afforestation, aviation, agriculture, ambition and aquaponics, to waves, watermarks, wildlife, wind and writedowns. Every page is a new discovery. Buy the paper book.

Purpose Inspired: Reflections on Conscious Living – Volume 3

This is the third volume of Purpose Inspired, a collection of daily reflections written on conscious living and how that applies to business and everyday life. Each is a 100 word micro-essay on a different topic. Some are full of facts and figures; others are more philosophical and poetic. But they have a common theme, which is how we can change ourselves and the world for a better, brighter future. In this third volume, you can read about everything from carbon to curves, ants to Amabie, choice to cherries. You can learn about pandemics and Prometheus, bacteria and bioprinting, shactivism and synergetics. You can be inspired by music and mystery, fringes and faith, pollinators and possibilists. Every page is a new discovery. Buy the paper book.

Purpose Inspired: Reflections on Conscious Living – Volume 2

This is the second volume of Purpose Inspired, a collection of daily reflections written on conscious living and how that applies to business and everyday life. Each is a 100 word micro-essay on a different topic. Some are full of facts and figures; others are more philosophical and poetic. But they have a common theme, which is how we can change ourselves and the world for a better, brighter future. In this second volume, you can read about everything from climate to convergence, patterns to pandemonium, books to bubbles. You can learn about biofabrication and trashbots, volcanoes and juvenocracy, rewilding and offsets. You can be inspired by totems and puzzling, fewtrils and saviours, bathtubs and ecophoria. Every page is a new discovery. Buy the paper book.

Purpose Inspired: Reflections on Conscious Living – Volume 1

Purpose Inspired is a collection of daily reflections written on conscious living and how that applies to business and everyday life. Each is a 100 word micro-essay on a different topic. Some are full of facts and figures; others are more philosophical and poetic. But they have a common theme, which is how we can change ourselves and the world for a better, brighter future. In this first volume, you can read about everything from myths to moonshots, flocking to friendscapes, poetry to purpose. You can learn about pioneers and naturapy, biophilia and sufficiency, motives and vegans. You can be inspired by hope and parables, superheroes and sponges, cathedrals and combislands. Every page is a new discovery. Buy the paper book.

The Little Book of Quotations on Transformational Change

This unique collection of 100 quotations on transformational change by Dr Wayne Visser is designed to challenge and question, as much as to inspire and inform. The quotes – taken from the extensive writings of Dr Visser – range from the science and dynamics of complex systems change to the role of business, technology and innovation in creating positive impact in the world. The key message is that change is an iceberg, with the deepest, invisible layers – our values, worldviews and mindsets, holding the most promise for profound transformational change. Buy the paper book.

The Little Book of Quotations on Sustainable Business

This unique collection of 100 quotations on sustainable business by Dr Wayne Visser is designed to challenge and question, as much as to inspire and inform. The quotes – taken from the extensive writings of Dr Visser – range from the role of business in tackling our global sustainability challenges to why our efforts on sustainability have so far failed to make a meaningful difference. The key message is that, for sustainability to be achieved, we need to change the way we perceive business: its purpose, its methods and its impacts. Buy the paper book.

The Little Book of Quotations on Social Responsibility

This unique collection of 100 quotations on social responsibility by Dr Wayne Visser is designed to challenge and question, as much as to inspire and inform. The quotes – taken from the extensive writings of Dr Visser – range from the role of business in society and companies’ accountability to stakeholders, to the importance of social justice and the need for transformative – rather than defensive, charitable, promotional or strategic – CSR. The key message is that, for business to survive and thrive in an age of responsibility, it must embrace an ambitious social purpose. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 1 (Africa & Middle East)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 1 covers 28 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Middle East & North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 2 (Asia Pacific)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 2 covers 22 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Central, East & South Asia and South-East Asia & Oceania). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 3 (Europe)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 3 covers 33 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Eastern & Southern Europe and Northern & Western Europe). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Volume 4 (Americas)

The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise is the first comprehensive global compendium that clearly describes the national approaches to sustainable enterprise. Volume 4 covers 19 countries and two sub-regional profiles (Northern & Central America and South America). Through a systematic review of each country, this quick-to-access reference guide showcases the similarities and differences in each region. Every country profile includes key information about the relevant history, country-specific issues, trends, research, and the leading organizations operating in the field as well as best-practice case studies.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change through Business, Leadership and Innovation

Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation. Buy the book / Buy the e-book.

This is Tomorrow: Artists for a Sustainable Future

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms” (Muriel Rukeyser). We believe the future needs to be re-imagined. This Is Tomorrow depicts the responsible challenges of the 21st century through the words and artworks of a broad spectrum of artists (including graphic artists, filmmakers, singers, dancers and sculptors) from around the world. With art, we can articulate a positive narrative for change. Re-imagining the future one story and one artist at a time. Buy the e-book.

The CSR International Research Compendium: Volume 1 (Governance)

In this Compendium, CSR International has compiled summaries of the best research on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics since 2009. Volume 1 on Governance profiles over 450 research publications between 2009 and 2014 – including practitioner reports, market surveys and academic papers – from over 300 authors and more 250 organisations. Specifically, it contains research abstracts on the following governance-related topic areas: accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, responsible investment, stakeholder interests, and fair operating practices. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The CSR International Research Compendium: Volume 2 (Environment)

In this Compendium, CSR International has compiled summaries of the best research on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics since 2009. Volume 2 on Environment profiles over 500 research publications between 2009 and 2014 – including practitioner reports, market surveys and academic papers – from over 80 authors and more 400 organisations. Specifically, it contains research abstracts on the following environment-related topic areas: sustainable development and the green economy, sustainability practices, sustainable resource use, prevention of pollution, climate change, protection of the environment and biodiversity, and sectoral approaches. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The CSR International Research Compendium: Volume 3 (Society)

In this Compendium, CSR International has compiled summaries of the best research on corporate sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics since 2009. Volume 3 on Society profiles over 400 research publications between 2009 and 2014 – including practitioner reports, market surveys and academic papers – from over 180 authors and more 280 organisations. Specifically, it contains research abstracts on the following society-related topic areas: human rights, labour practices, consumer-oriented CSR communication, consumer social and environmental responsibility, and community involvement and contribution community development. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Disrupting the Future: Great Ideas for Creating a Much Better World

In 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next 40 Years ,Jorgen Randers draws on his own experience in the sustainability area, global forecasting tools, and the predictions – included in the book as ‘Glimpses’ – of more than thirty thought leaders to guide us through the future he feels is most likely to emerge towards the middle of the century. At a meeting of 25 of the ‘Glimpse’ authors in Cambridge in October 2013, each participant was invited to present a ‘great idea’ (or thought, or development or fact) that they believed could improve on world developments over the next forty years. This book is the result of this process and is a remarkable collection of ideas and proposals by a diverse set of thought-leaders, each of which has responded in their own creative way to Jorgen Randers’ concluding challenge in 2052: ‘Please help me make my forecast wrong. Together we could create a much better world.’ Buy the book / Buy the e-book.

CSR 2.0: Transforming Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

The book examines the evolution and current state of corporate social responsibility (CSR), using a five-stage maturity model: defensive, charitable, promotional, strategic (all CSR 1.0) and transformative CSR (CSR 2.0). Reasons are given why CSR 1.0 approaches have failed to have any significant impact on the most serious global social, environmental and ethical challenges. The emergent CSR 2.0 is explored in detail by elaborating on five principles underlying the new approach, including: creativity, scalability, responsiveness, glocality and circularity. A four-part DNA Model is also introduced, covering value creation, good governance, societal contribution and ecological integrity, which provides the basis for defining and measuring CSR 2.0. Finally, a 70-question CSR 2.0 self-assessment diagnostic tool developed by the author is presented, with sample data to show how the tool can be used for future research and practitioner application. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The Quest for Sustainable Business: An Epic Journey in Search of Corporate Responsibility

In 2010, Dr Wayne Visser set off on a 20-country “quest” to talk to entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators and learn about how companies in all parts of the world can and are helping to tackle the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. The result is this treasure trove of a book, full of stories, ideas, extracts from more than 100 interviews, best practices and tools for making sustainable business work in a myriad of different contexts, cultures and settings. Besides sharing insights from his 2010 “CSR Quest World Tour”, the author captures his professional experiences and the evolution of sustainable business over the past 20 years. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility:  An Introductory Text on CSR Theory & Practice – Past, Present & Future

Here is a comprehensive textbook that introduces students and practitioners to corporate sustainability & responsibility (CSR) theory and practice, looking at the past, present and future. The text includes 25 case studies and over 60 sets of discussion questions (nearly 200 questions), which allow teachers, students and practitioners to reflect on the presented content and to discuss, debate and dig deeper into the issues. The text itself is written in a highly readable style, without sacrificing academic rigour (there are over 200 references cited). The result is an inexpensive, accessible and searchable introduction to a management discipline that has become critical to the future of business, written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business

Traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) approaches have failed, leaving business stuck in the Ages of Greed, Philanthropy, Marketing and Management. Using Web 2.0 as a metaphor, Visser shows how business needs to radically transform if we are to ever reach a true Age of Responsibility. The required systemic approach is dubbed CSR 2.0 and characterised by five key principles: creativity, scalability, responsiveness, glocality and circularity. Citing more than 300 cases to illustrate ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’, the book describes how the new DNA of business is fast being decoded in the areas of value creation, good governance, societal contribution and environmental integrity. Having set out a compelling vision of the future, Visser describes how to get there by exploring change at the societal, organisational and individual level. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The World Guide to CSR: A Country by Country Analysis of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

This is the first book to provide comparable national profiles that describe the evolution and practice of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) for 58 countries and 5 global regions. Each regional and national profile includes key information about the relevant CSR history, country-specific issues, trends, research and leading organisations. The purpose of the book is to give CSR and sustainability professionals a quick reference guide to CSR in different regional and national contexts. The book is an edited volume, with expert contributors from around the world. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The Top 50 Sustainability Books

This unique title draws together some of the best thinking to date on the pressing social and environmental challenges we face as a society. These are the Top 50 Sustainability Books as voted for by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership’s alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world. In addition to profiles of all 50 titles, many of the authors share their most recent reflections on the state of the world and the ongoing attempts by business, government and civil society to create a more sustainable future. Many of these authors have become household names in the environmental, social and economic justice movements, while others are relatively undiscovered gems, whose work should be much more widely known. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Landmarks for Sustainability: Events and Initiatives that Changed Our World

Landmarks for Sustainability is a high-impact, quick-reference guide to many of the most critical events and initiatives that have shaped our world, and the sustainable development agenda, over the past 20 years and more. By shining a spotlight on these landmark events and initiatives, the book draws into sharp relief the most significant social and environmental challenges of our time – from climate change and the state of the planet to poverty and corruption. Equally importantly, however, more than half of the book is dedicated to constructive global responses, such as the boom in clean technology, the role of the World Economic and World Social Forums, and the growth of ISO 14001 and SA8000 standards. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Making A Difference: Purpose-Inspired Leadership for Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility

In the face of unprecedented global challenges like poverty and climate change, can individuals make a difference? This scholarly book reveals what motivates people to devote their time and energies to addressing social, environmental and ethical issues. Based on in-depth academic research among corporate sustainability and responsibility (CSR) professionals, it shows the pivotal role of values, inspiration, expertise, empowerment, strategic thinking and social contribution among “purpose-inspired leaders”. Using extensive illustrative quotations, different types of CSR change agents are identified, including experts, facilitators, catalysts and activists. The implications for business of better understanding these CSR leaders is explored, as well as the opportunities for future academic research. The book concludes with a call to personal action by making a positive difference and leaving a meaningful legacy. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Complete Reference Guide to Concepts, Codes and Organisations

CSR has now moved beyond the stage of specialist or niche subject to become an integral part of global business and society. This timely encyclopaedia is destined to become the definitive guide to CSR, sustainability, business ethics and the organisations and standards in the field. This book is the culmination of over a hundred of the world’s leading thinkers, opinion formers, academic and business people providing an easy-to-use guide to CSR. This paperback edition includes all the latest developments in CSR as well as incorporating new sections on boardroom pay, the sub-prime market and the financial crisis. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Corporate Citizenship in Africa: Lessons from the Past, Paths to the Future

Corporate citizenship is enmeshed in the debate about Africa’s future. Africa is the continent where the social needs are greatest and where the benefits of globalisation have been least felt. What makes corporate citizenship in Africa not only fascinating, but also of critical importance, is that the continent embodies many of the most vexing dilemmas that business faces in attempts to be responsible, ethical and sustainable. This unique collection for the first time brings together in one publication the critical debates, perspectives, experiences and success stories in the emerging field of corporate citizenship in Africa. This publication marks a change in the tide – a groundswell towards a more vigorous debate and robust research agenda on corporate citizenship in Africa. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Business Frontiers: Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Economic Justice

Business operates at the frontiers of society – seeking out new territories to explore and exploit, imagining fresh new ways to meet age old needs, innovating the artefacts that become the legacy of civilisations, reinventing the rituals which shape acceptable social behaviour, and changing the way we spend our precious time. But what happens when the landscape itself changes? As the world globalises, power is shifting – from the plush boardrooms to dusty streets, from the financial market casino to the internet connected community, from the annual general meetings to the mass activist campaigns, from the office towers of the North to the crowded pavements of the South. Business faces its greatest challenge yet. Confronted with the triple imperatives of social responsibility, environmental sustainability and economic justice, business will need to adapt or die. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

South Africa: Reasons to Believe

This book challenges those who are choosing attitudes that knock South Africa down rather than build it up. It is intended to encourage the rising tide of South Africans who have a positive approach and a belief in the country’s future. The book gathers together a wealth of facts, figures and real-life stories in a style that’s easily readable. Together they form a set of compelling reasons to believe in South Africa, its people and its future and rekindle the fire of optimism that many people felt after the nation’s political miracle in 1994. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Beyond Reasonable Greed: Why Sustainable Business is a Much Better Idea

In an analysis of the principles driving modern business, this book demonstrates that the predatory behaviour of the lion is symbolic of the way most companies are run today. But the world cannot go on like this. They argue strongly for an alternative and more positive vision involving sustainable business in both a social and an environmental sense. In order to achieve this, companies will need to change – as they call it ‘shape-shift’ – from the tooth-and-claw logic of lions to the more caring, holistic philosophy of the elephant. The conclusion of the book is that multilevel shapeshifting is required for sustainability. Apart from corporate transformation, it is up to governments on the one hand and each and every one of us as individuals on the other to adopt the persona of an elephant in order to pass on a worthwhile heritage to our children. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Poetry

Follow Me (I’m Lost): The Tale of an Unexpected Leader

There was no denying it any longer. Gulliver was lost – on his way to leadership school. He was a failed leader even before he began. How could he – let alone his proud parents or anyone else – have believed that one day he would lead the flock? He couldn’t even lead himself. Join Gulliver as his misadventure of getting lost takes him on an unplanned journey down through Africa. Along the way he faces numerous challenges, meets weird-looking creatures and makes wonderful friends, each of which teach him an unconventional lesson in leadership. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: a leader cannot lead without a flock. This book is a parable for adults and children alike at a time when the world needs a new kinds of leaders. Buy the paper book/ Buy the ebook.

The Poetry of Business: A CEO’s Quest for Meaning

It was time to leave. A bitter-sweet time. The CEO felt sadness, but also contentment. The business he had conceived and birthed and nurtured was mature enough to stand on its own feet now; to live out its own life. Ironically, the way he saw it, the company was not the legacy he was leaving at all. The real value was in the way in which the business lived and breathed and kept its people engaged and passionate. That was the real gift he had given them. And that was why he was leaving behind his scruffy notebooks in the boardroom cabinet – those dog-eared, tea-stained pages on which, over the years, he had jotted down his ideas. Scrawled untidily were the lessons he had learned along the way: about how to make a business ‘fit for human beings’; about how to survive in commerce and still sleep soundly at night; about how to create a company that served society, instead of the other way around. So many thoughts … Buy the paper book.

Life in Transit: Favourite Travel & Tribute Poems

This creative collection, now in its 2nd edition, brings together travel and tribute poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology pays tribute to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, Antoni Gaudí & Leonardo da Vinci, and reflects on travels ranging from China and South Africa to Ecuador and Russia. Life is lived in the in-between / In transit / Between coming and going / Between staying and moving on / Between here and there / And what we call home / What we call settled or contented / Is merely a resting place / A station for refuelling / A nexus for reconnecting / A junction for changing direction. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Icarus: Favourite Love Poems

This creative collection, now in its 2nd edition, brings together love poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology traces love’s agony (“Broken Dreams”) and ecstasy (“Galaxies Cart-Wheeling”), from first blush (“Almost Strangers”) to full bloom (“Say ‘I Do!'”), as we fly to love. You’ve given me the gift of golden wings / The endless sphere of blue imaginings / The chance to rise above the silver clouds / The will to cast off untold ghostly shrouds / Don’t fly too high / Don’t rise too fast / Don’t tease the sky / Don’t taunt the past / You’ve given me the hope of warmer days / The blessed kiss of the sun’s fiery rays. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

African Dream: Inspiring Words & Images from the Luminous Continent

This beautiful book of African inspiration combines the poetic words of renowned South African author Wayne Visser and the images of exhibited British photographer Bob Webzell in a celebration of the people, landscapes and wildlife of the luminous continent. This collection includes the well-known poem, “I Am An African”, along with other favourites: “African Dream”, “Prayer for Africa”, and “I Know a Place in Africa”. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

String, Donuts, Bubbles and Me: Favourite Philosophical Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together philosophical poems by Wayne Visser. In this anthology, he muses on subjects ranging from space, angels and destiny to time, science and meaning in life. According to scientists / The world’s made of string / That buzzes and fuzzes / Or some such strange thing / It’s also a donut / That curls round a hole / With middles and riddles / Just like a fish bowl / And there’s no mistaking / It’s more than 3-D / With twenty or plenty / Dimensions unseen / Still others insist / It’s really a bubble / That’s popping and bopping / Through the lenses of Hubble. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Seize the Day: Favourite Inspirational Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together favourite inspirational poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.. It includes many old favourites like “Poets Must Be” and “Chasing the Blue”, as well as brand new poems like “The Writer” and “Making Ripples”. Sages through the ages wisely say: / Carpe Diem – seize the dawning day / Oh, would that I could assuage that thirst / But the day conspires to seize me first! / With the hurry and scurry / Of home’s frantic flurry / And the hustle and bustle / Of work’s tangled tussle. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

I Am An African: Favourite Africa Poems

This creative collection, now in its 5th edition, brings together Africa poems by Wayne Visser, including the ever popular “I Am An African”, as well as old favourites like “Women of Africa”, “I Know A Place in Africa”, “Prayer for Africa” and “African Dream”. The anthology celebrates the luminous continent and its rainbow people. The updated 5th Edition includes new poems like “Africa Untamed” and “Land of the Sun”. I am an African / Not because I was born there / But because my heart beats with Africa’s / I am an African / Not because my skin is black / But because my mind is engaged by Africa / I am an African / Not because I live on its soil / But because my soul is at home in Africa. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.

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