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492 Andres R. Edwards: Thriving Beyond Sustainability

Exploring practical strategies and inspiring examples to create a sustainable and resilient society that goes beyond mere survival.



"Thriving Beyond Sustainability" offers a roadmap for building a resilient society by examining sustainable practices, regenerative design, and community-based solutions. The book inspires readers to move beyond the concept of sustainability towards a flourishing future.


  1. Title: "Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society" 
  2. Author: Andres R. Edwards 
  3. Publishing Year: 2010 
  4. Publisher: New Society Publishers 
  5. Length in Hours: 7 hours and 3 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The importance of shifting from a mindset of sustainability to one of regenerative design and long-term resilience.
  2. Examining sustainable practices in energy, agriculture, transportation, and waste management, and their potential to transform our society.
  3. Exploring community-based initiatives and collaborative models that empower individuals and local communities to create change.
  4. Highlighting the role of education in promoting sustainable practices and fostering a sense of stewardship for the environment.
  5. Showcasing inspiring examples of businesses, organizations, and individuals that have successfully implemented sustainable and regenerative practices.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Being eco-friendly doesn't mean you have to give up modern comforts. It just means finding innovative ways to enjoy them guilt-free."
  2. "Going green is not a fashion statement; it's a commitment to making the Earth the trendiest place to live."
  3. "Sustainability is like riding a bike. You might wobble at first, but once you find your balance, you'll enjoy the journey."
  4. "Mother Nature has the best recycling program. Let's take some inspiration from her and reduce our waste footprint."
  5. "Sustainable living is all about small steps. So go ahead, take that first step. Your eco-friendly adventure awaits!"

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Sustainability alone is no longer an adequate goal. We must aim higher and aspire to create regenerative systems that support life."
  2. "To thrive beyond sustainability, we need to embrace a holistic approach that addresses social, economic, and environmental well-being."
  3. "Regenerative design encourages us to go beyond reducing harm and instead focus on restoring and replenishing natural systems."
  4. "The transition to a resilient society requires a shift in mindset, from individualism to interconnectedness and cooperation."
  5. "Sustainability is not a destination but an ongoing journey of continuous improvement and adaptation."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing economic growth with environmental stewardship: Can we redefine success to prioritize well-being over GDP?
  2. Addressing the paradox of consumerism: How can we promote sustainable lifestyles while combating the constant push for more consumption?
  3. Navigating the tension between local self-reliance and global interconnectedness in building resilient communities.
  4. Exploring the trade-offs between technological advancements and their potential environmental and social impacts.
  5. Resolving the challenge of transitioning from an extractive economy to one that regenerates natural resources and supports thriving ecosystems.

5 examples

  1. Interface Inc., a carpet manufacturer, implemented a closed-loop recycling system that transformed their business into a leader in sustainable practices.
  2. The Transition Town movement, initiated by Rob Hopkins, empowers communities worldwide to build resilience and reduce their carbon footprint.
  3. The Rocky Mountain Institute, founded by Amory Lovins, promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to create a sustainable future.
  4. The story of Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, showcases the power of grassroots activism and reforestation efforts.
  5. The Sustainable Food Lab brings together companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola, and General Mills to collaborate on sustainable sourcing and supply chain practices.

Referenced books

  1. "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things" by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
  2. "Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution" by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
  3. "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature" by Janine M. Benyus
  4. "Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist" by Kate Raworth
  5. "The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability" by Paul Hawken

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"Mother Nature has the best recycling program. Let's take some inspiration from her and reduce our waste footprint."

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