What is nature worth? The answer to this question - which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms - is revolutionizing the way we do business. In Nature’s Fortune, Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and former investment banker, and science writer Jonathan Adams argue that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make. The forests, floodplains, and oyster reefs often seen simply as raw materials or as obstacles to be cleared in the name of progress are, in fact as important to our future prosperity as technology or law or business innovation. Who invests in nature, and why? What rates of return can it produce? When is protecting nature a good investment? With stories from the South Pacific to the California coast, from the Andes to the Gulf of Mexico and even to New York City, Nature’s Fortune shows how viewing nature as green infrastructure allows for breakthroughs not only in conservation - protecting water supplies; enhancing the health of fisheries; making cities more sustainable, livable and safe; and dealing with unavoidable climate change - but in economic progress, as well. Organizations obviously depend on the environment for key resources - water, trees, and land. But they can also reap substantial commercial benefits in the form of risk mitigation, cost reduction, new investment opportunities, and the protection of assets. Once leaders learn how to account for nature in financial terms, they can incorporate that value into the organization’s decisions and activities, just as habitually as they consider cost, revenue, and ROI. A must-listen for business leaders, CEOs, investors, and environmentalists alike, Nature’s Fortune offers an essential guide to the world’s economic - and environmental - well-being. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clinton Wade. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012458/bk_adbl_012458_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sports car, Italian villa, inappropriate love interest? Not for author Margaret Winslow, an overworked college professor in New York City. She met midlife agita not head-on, but ass-on, fulfilling a childhood curiosity about donkeys by answering a for-sale ad for a ´´Large White Saddle Donkey´´ in the American Donkey and Mule Society´s magazine, The Brayer. Hilarity ensues, alongside life-threatening injuries and spirit-enriching insight. As listeners walk with Winslow and Caleb the donkey through training traumas, expert-baffling antics, and humiliating races, they also share in the author´s gradual understanding of Caleb´s true, undeniable gifts: a willingness to ´´speak truth to power´´, to trust, and to forgive. Winslow incorporates these lessons into her life, and as Caleb and Winslow learn to thrive, listeners not only cheer them on but also learn a thing or three about being true to their own pure and powerful self. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Coleen Marlo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/013573/bk_tant_013573_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eveline is a short story from James Joyce´s classic Dubliners. Nineteen-year-old Eveline has decided to leave home, but her future journey may not be all that she hopes. Like other stories in Dubliners,´´Eveline´´ offers a penetrating analysis of Dublin society, especially its stagnation and paralysis. Each story incorporates epiphanies, by which Joyce meant to convey a sudden consciousness of the ´´soul´´ of a thing. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006048/bk_blak_006048_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With robots, we are inventing a new species that is part material and part digital. The ambition of modern robotics goes beyond copying humans, beyond the effort to make walking, talking androids that are indistinguishable from people. Future robots will have superhuman abilities in both the physical and digital realms. They will be embedded in our physical spaces, with the ability to go where we cannot, and will have minds of their own, thanks to atificial intelligence. They will be fully connected to the digital world, far better at carrying out online tasks than we are. In Robot Futures, the roboticist Illah Reza Nourbakhsh considers how we will share our world with these creatures, and how our society could change as it incorporates a race of stronger, smarter beings. Nourbakhsh imagines a future that includes adbots offering interactive custom messaging; robotic flying toys that operate by means of ´´gaze tracking´´; robot-enabled multimodal, multicontinental telepresence; and even a way that nanorobots could allow us to assume different physical forms. Nourbakhsh follows each glimpse into the robotic future with an examination of the underlying technology and an exploration of the social consequences of the scenario. Each chapter describes a form of technological empowerment-in some cases, empowerment run amok, with corporations and institutions amassing even more power and influence and individuals becoming unconstrained by social accountability. (Imagine the hotheaded discourse of the Internet taking physical form.) Nourbakhsh also offers a counter-vision: a robotics designed to create civic and community empowerment. His book helps us understand why that is the robot future we should try to bring about
An Audible Original from Audible Theater, Life Ever After is an Emerging Playwrights Commission, written for and available exclusively on Audible. Tech City: Society is obsessed with relentless progress and the possibility of eternal life. A woman and a man meet in waiting room, anticipating a procedure that will incorporate the latest science and technology into their minds and bodies, heightening their awareness and increasing their productivity. Years pass, their relationship deepens and fades, and they grow increasingly uncertain where the AI stops and where they begin. A romantic drama exploring the potentiality of transhumanism, Life Ever After is a rich listening experience that is at once naturalistic and poetic. Created by: Carla Grauls Performed by: Raúl Castillo Nana Mensah Piper Goodeve Special thanks to: Meroe Candy, story researcher; Dr. Gill Haddow based in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh; Tom Douglas, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Oxford. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Raúl Castillo, Nana Mensah, Piper Goodeve. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/or/orig/000319/or_orig_000319_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the height of their power in the late eleventh century, the Chaco Anasazi dominated a territory in the American Southwest larger than any European principality of the time. Developed over the course of centuries and thriving for more than 200 years, the Chacoans´ society collapsed dramatically in the twelfth century, in a mere 40 years. David E. Stuart incorporates extensive new research findings through groundbreaking archaeology to explore the rise and fall of the Chaco Anasazi and how they parallel patterns throughout modern societies in this new edition. Adding new research findings on caloric flows in prehistoric times and investigating the evolutionary dynamics induced by these forces as well as exploring the consequences of an increasingly detached central Chacoan decision-making structure, Stuart argues that Chaco´s failure was a failure to adapt to the consequences of rapid growth, including problems with the misuse of farmland, malnutrition, loss of community, and inability to deal with climatic catastrophe. Have modern societies learned from the experiences and fate of the Chaco Anasazi, or are we risking a similar cultural collapse? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029298/bk_acx0_029298_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sir Thomas More´s Utopia has spurred debate, reflection, and critical thinking since its original publication in the 16th century. More´s fictional island of Utopia provides an exploration of issues that shook him and his contemporaries and that continue to be problematic in the modern day. The details of More´s utopian society, such as the permissibility of euthanasia and comments on chastity in the priesthood combine with proposals for the coexistence of varied religions to put forth a work that incorporates the totality of More´s religious, sociological, and philosophical talents. This version of Utopia is the translation by Bishop Gilbert Burnet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Prebble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001867/bk_tant_001867_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Immensely rich and exciting . . . Christopher Hill has that supreme gift of being able to show us the seventeenth-century world from the inside.´´-Arthur Marwick in New Society Within the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century which resulted in the triumph of the protestant ethic-the ideology of the propertied class-there threatened another, quite different, revolution. Its success ´´might have established communal property, a far wider democracy in political and legal institutions, might have disestablished the state church and rejected the protestant ethic.´´ In The World Turned Upside Down Christopher Hill studies the beliefs of such radical groups as the Diggers, the Ranters, the Levellers, and others, and the social and emotional impulses that gave rise to them. The relations between rich and poor classes, the part played by wandering ´´master-less´´ men, the outbursts of sexual freedom and deliberate blasphemy, the great imaginative creations of Milton and Bunyan-these and many other elements build up into a marvelously detailed and coherent portrait of this strange, sudden effusion of revolutionary beliefs. It is a portrait not of the bourgeois revolution that actually took place but of the impulse towards a far more fundamental overturning of society. ´´Brilliant . . . he depicts with marvelous erudition and sympathy the profound rationality of the Cromwellian ´underground.´´´-David Caute in New Statesman ´´Incorporates some of Dr. Hill´s most profound statements yet about the seventeenth-century revolution as a whole.´´-Economist
Many investors have been devastated by and are fleeing from real estate in the worst market in living history. Meanwhile, Kris Krohn and investors in his real estate investment companies are basking in record profits. Their secret? Strait Path real estate, which Kris created after analyzing and experiencing virtually every form of real estate investing. The proprietary system incorporates the strengths and eliminates the flaws of all other strategies. It takes the least time, effort, and risk, creates the most value for society, and generates the greatest profits. Best of all, the system is proven to work in every market, especially down markets. In The Strait Path to Real Estate Wealth, Kris explains the system in depth. He demonstrates why other strategies and systems fail and how to escape their pitfalls. He also exposes the flaws of America´s traditional retirement advice and products and offers a refreshing, practical, and safe alternative. His advice will empower you to move beyond simple education to actual implementation. Listen to this book to learn why the next 10 years could be the most profitable years of your life, regardless of economic conditions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kris Krohn, Stephen Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085287/bk_acx0_085287_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.