The Sustainable Network
The Accidental Answer for a Troubled Planet
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2009
Pages: 366

"Companies with a stake in the technology industry or that have staked on the Internet (ala Google or Amazon or any of the thousands of small ecommerce companies around the world) are likely to pluck multiple nuggets of wisdom from her book."

-- Heather Clancy, business journalist

What technologies do we need to solve the complex environmental, economic, social, and political challenges facing us today? As this thought-provoking book reveals, one tool for enacting change is already at our fingertips: the global network.

Consider the private domains of companies, governments, and institutions along with the public Internet: we have an immense communications network that connects billions of people in ways we never thought possible. In this book, author Sarah Sorensen clearly demonstrates why this network is the best sustainable technology available to help us tackle a wide range of problems.

If each of us represents a node on this network, then it's time we realize the potential we hold. The Sustainable Network is a call to action, urging individuals, governments, markets, and organizations to put the power of this network to good use.

  • Discover how the sustainable network connects us all, with examples of how it's already effecting change
  • Understand how this network magnifies the impact of even the smallest change and newest idea
  • Explore the role that various market and political forces play
  • Learn how the network can be improved to better address environmental, economic, and social conditions
  • Get practical advice that you or your business can follow now
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Addressing the New Age with New Style

By Obijuan

from Herndon, VA

About Me Chief Engineer, Designer, Sr System Architect

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Sustainably accurate
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Capable but uninformed
    • Intermediate
    • Novice

    Comments about O'Reilly Media The Sustainable Network:

    When I needed a book to reasonably and quickly convey the current state of the Internet and connectedness as a whole to some of my co-workers who were just spinning up on the subject, this book proved to be just the ticket. It is technical but not too technical, informative but not too dry, comprehensive but not excessive. As we launch our campaign to change the unsustainable course of human activity on the planet at [@] it is vitally necessary for our own people to understand how we can leverage the function of personal engagement and individual testimonial through an effective application of current and emerging technology, while accurately reflecting our values in that application. This book gave us the basis for that conversation. It isn't going to be the end all be all for anybody but it's a good book for many.

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    Gen z enters the 'hype-zone'

    By Torquemeda

    from NE High Tech

    About Me Designer, Developer

    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Self-centered hype

    Cons

    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

    • Self-deluding

    Comments about O'Reilly Media The Sustainable Network:

    Just as Gen x and Gen y were going to 'revolutionize' the corporate world, so this latest gang of over-educated, under-worked are going to turn the corporate world upside down with new work models - fewer hours, more socializing and pseudo-intimate relationships through digitized contact with 'bff's scattered across the globe.

    Please get over yourselves, and out of your parent's basement.

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