Integral Economics by Professor Ronnie Lessem, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. by Ronnie Lessem & Alexander Schieffer. A Summary of: Lessem, R. & Schieffer, A. (). Integral Economics: Releasing the Economic Genius of Your Society. In this context, Ronnie Lessem’s and Alexander Schieffer’s Integral Economics: Releasing the Economic Genius of Your Society is a truly fascinating piece of.

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Practical achievements have been published in a widely acclaimed volume on Integral Green Slovenia.

Book Review: A New Economics of Cultural Cross-Fertilization – Integral Leadership Review

In fact, that NGO puts a lot of energy into showing people in the South and East that they need absolutely not seek to simply emulate or imitate Westerners when it comes to conceptions of development, wealth, or well-being. Table of contents Contents: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

He also gained a Doctorate in Leadership at St Gallen. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. These examples are the Sekem community enterprise in Egypt chapter 4the Grameen banking group in Bangladesh chapter 8the Canon corporation in Japan chapter 12the Mondragon cooperative group in Spain chapter 16the U.

Integral Economics, as a result, is partly addressed to academics and students in those very schools, who have either realised the error of their ways, or, less dramatically, are curious to explore whether our businesses and communities could be run in a different way. This is the grounding axiom of any integral approach. In Integral Economics Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer pave the way for a sustainable approach to economics, building on the richness of diverse economic approaches from all over the globe.

It would have been better to develop an authentic Eastern path as well as an authentic Western one, each of them contributing to the authenticity of the other. Both the Western and the Eastern path have been rendered inauthentic by the deleterious manner in which we, in the West, have imposed our values and narrow self-understanding on the planet through globalized mechanisms and institutions. Now, having read it and come to the end of this long — but, I hope, useful — review essay, I am inclined to think otherwise.


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The models Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer have created show how innovation occurs when the ecological, societal, political and cultural spheres are working in balance.

I believe in the usefulness of broad pictures and I want to intevral Lessem and Schieffer for having attempted to hold together so many elements of reality without getting lost in the fine grain.

We know of examples from the former Soviet block, as well as from contemporary South America, Africa, and Asia, where such pathologies of Northern, Southern, or Eastern reductionism are manifest. It is for this very reason, that I recommend this book to everyone participating in the necessary task of renewing economics from the inside out, in theory and practice. That is as far as the conventional wisdom on the itnegral of the Washington Consensus goes.

Philosopher, environmental activist, eco feminist and author of several books, India. After reading this book, its contention that economic systems must build on local strengths seems self-evident and logical; but this just goes to show the genius of its authors since before reading it, such a bold, just and sensible economic premise was beyond the realm of possibility.

The dominant model of economic thinking has become the biggest threat to the planet’s health and human well being and survival. They do so by introducing the most evolved economic perspectives and bringing them into creative dialogue to produce an integral, dynamically balanced approach. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Fourthly, successful development requires a balanced role between market and lessme.

There are real, and many, alternatives to the economic mainstream. Why is economics perceived to come in only one or at best two different a-cultural if not a-moral guises?


As a whole, this book is an extraordinary achievement offering what I would call an integral model of cross-cultural economic fertilization. Releasing the Economic Genius of Your Society is a truly fascinating piece of work.

Here is how they formulate it:. Actually, however, this open-endedness is part and parcel of the approach. Download econnomics as PDF.

Book Review: A New Economics of Cultural Cross-Fertilization

One must understand that Just Peace is created by the Just Relationship of an individual with others, with other cultures and with other creatures — the larger Whole of which all are a part and thus our economics, Integral Economics in the authors’ terms, should pivot around a moral, spiritual core and not around greed and power.

Read more about the book on the Gower website external link. She has been adamant in our exchanges that each color in the Spiral — which denotes a level of personal or collective development — takes on a different concrete content depending on whether one works with people in the South, the North, the East, or the West. To offer us a perspective from which to come to this realization is a very important contribution of this book.

Lessem and Schieffer quote Magnuson in their first chapter. Each chapter corresponds to one path Southern for chapters 5 to 8, Eastern for chapters 9 to 12, Northern for chapters 13 to 16, and Western for chapters 17 to 20 and to one stage Grounding for chapters 5, 9, 13, and 17; Emergence for chapters 6, 10, 14, and 18; Navigation for chapters 7, 11, 15, and 19; and Effect for chapters 8, 12, 16, and Some similar endogenous assimilation process is required if, say, an Indian economist or an African entrepreneur wants to address poverty and inequality.