Each chapter in HOW TO THRIVE IN THE NEXT ECONOMY by John Thackara is devoted to the creative ways people in diverse contexts restore land, share water, make homes, travel, grow food, design clothes, and care for each other. From Bali to Brazil, Delhi, London, and California, Thackara writes of soil restorers and river keepers, seed savers and de-pavers, cloud commuters and e-bike couriers, care farmers, food system curators, fibershed stewards, money designers, and many others.
Growth in this new economy means soils, biodiversity and watersheds getting healthier, and communities more resilient. Its core values are stewardship and health, in place of extraction and decay. Seen through this lens, the health of living systems, not money, is the ultimate measure of wealth, and work is a natural way to thrive, not just survive. Marveling at the power of small actions to transform the bigger picture, he concludes that a great transition is under way.