• Business, Economics & Law

      The Future of Finance

      The LSE Report

      by Adair Turner

      In the aftermath of the financial crash of 2008‐9 much has been written about reforming the world financial system. But it is rarely based on an in‐depth analysis of the underlying weaknesses within the system. Nor does it usually tackle the key question of what a financial system is for. This book corrects this state of affairs. It is the result of the work of the Future of Finance Group – British academics, financiers, journalists and officials from the Financial Services Authority, the Bank of England and the Treasury. They met twelve times, for what many of those present described as the best and most searching discussions they had ever participated in. The issues at stake are extraordinarily difficult and profound. The central question is: what is the financial system for? Standard texts list five main functions –but if we study how financial companies really make their money, it is extraordinarily difficult to see how closely this corresponds to the textbooks, and it is also difficult to explain why the rewards are so high and why the system is prone to boom and bust. To answer these questions much of the abstract theory of finance has to be abandoned in favour of a more realistic model of how the different agents actually behave. Central to this is opacity and asymmetric information, combined with short‐term performance‐related pay. While the book acknowledges the benefits brought by the spread of financial innovation and the creation of new, complex financial instruments, the authors on balance come down in favour of a radically simplified and slimmer financial system. They describe the necessary international regulatory and institutional reforms and argue strongly that only a worldwide system of regulation embodied in a worldwide treaty organisation, like the WTO, could have a chance of successfully implementing the necessary changes.

    • Computer science
      April 2009

      Data Modeling for the Business

      A Handbook for Aligning the Business With It Using High-level Data Models

      by Steve Hoberman, Donna Burbank, Chris Bradley

      Learn about the High-Level Data Model and master the techniques for building one, including a comprehensive ten-step approach and hands-on exercises to help you practice topics on your own. Hear one of the authors, Steve Hoberman, talk about this book. In this book, we review data modeling basics and explain why the core concepts stored in a high-level data model can have significant business impact on an organization. We explain the technical notation used for a data model and walk through some simple examples of building a high-level data model. We also describe how data models relate to other key initiatives you may have heard of or may be implementing in your organization. This book contains best practices for implementing a high-level data model, along with some easy-to-use templates and guidelines for a step-by-step approach. Each step will be illustrated using many examples based on actual projects we have worked on. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but the pain points and lessons have been preserved. One example spans an entire chapter and will allow you to practice building a high-level data model from beginning to end, and then compare your results to ours. Building a high-level data model following the ten step approach you’ll read about is a great way to ensure you will retain the new skills you learn in this book. As is the case in many disciplines, using the right tool for the right job is critical to the overall success of your high-level data model implementation. To help you in your tool selection process, there are several chapters dedicated to discussing what to look for in a high-level data modeling tool and a framework for choosing a data modeling tool, in general. This book concludes with a real-world case study that shows how an international energy company successfully used a high-level data model to streamline their information management practices and increase communication throughout the organization—between both businesspeople and IT. One of the most critical systems issues is aligning business with IT and fulfilling business needs using data models. The authors of Data Modeling for the Business do a masterful job at simply and clearly describing the art of using data models to communicate with business representatives and meet business needs. The book provides many valuable tools, analogies, and step-by-step methods for effective data modeling and is an important contribution in bridging the much needed connection between data modeling and realizing business requirements. Len Silverston, author of The Data Model Resource Book series

    • Business communication & presentation

      Get Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

      How to Use Seminars and Public Speaking to Market and Promote Your Business, Profession, or Passion — Profitably

      by David R. Portney

      We are in an age where the battle to get your customers’ attention is fierce and advertising options are becoming more expensive and less effective. In Get Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, you will learn everything you need to know to market yourself and your business in the least expensive and most effective way possible — by using the power of seminars and public speaking. With seminar and public speaking expert David Portney as your guide, you’ll learn how to ▪ organize a seminar for little or no money, ▪ sell from the stage, ▪ write a presentation in four easy steps, ▪ brand yourself as the expert in your field, ▪ get your customers to come to you. Get Your Money Where Your Mouth Is contains all of the information and know-how so that you can go from stage-wary beginner to awe-inspiring speaker in no time flat, including ▪ a 30-day fast-start action plan, ▪ a cornucopia of resources, ▪ tons of advice and methods for overcoming stage fright and fear of public speaking, ▪ how to combine your Internet strategy with your seminar strategy, ▪ and all the tips and techniques you need to market whatever you’re selling effectively, inexpensively—and profitably.

    • Management & management techniques
      October 2010

      How Work Gets Done

      Business Process Management, Basics & Beyond

      by Artie Mahal

      Hear the author, Artie Mahal, talk about his book. Rediscover how your organization works and where it can be improved by using simple, yet powerful techniques! How Work Gets Done will provide the business or IT professional with a practical working knowledge of Business Process Management (BPM). This book is written in a conversational style that encourages you to read it from start to finish and master these objectives: Learn how to identify the goals and drivers important to your organization and how to align these with key performance measures Understand how business strategies, business policies, and operational procedures need to be connected within a Business Process Architecture Know the basic building blocks of any business process - Inputs, Outputs, Guides, and Enablers Learn how to create a BPM Center of Excellence in your organization Acquire the skills to establish a BPM methodology addressing Enterprise-level, Process-Level, and Implementation-Level priorities Learn how to build a Process Competency Framework encompassing all BPM stakeholders Obtain the knowledge to improve a process step-by-step with easy to use techniques and templates such as swimlanes and flowcharts How Work Gets Done is a clear, concise, and well-navigated journey into the world of Business Processes and Business Process Management. From a practical introduction through advanced topics around methodology and competencies, it is suitable for business process newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike. It should be required reading at all levels of every organization. Eugene Fucetola - Global Application Messaging and Integration, Operations Manager, Mars Information Services If you have always wished you had a very practical friend who could sit down and talk you through just what is involved improving how work gets done at your organization, this is the book! Paul Harmon - Executive Editor, Business Process Trends and Chief Methodologist, BPTrends Associates Artie Mahal has done something that was thought to be impossible - produce an easily readable book about business process management. He paints pictures with words, offers many easy-to-grasp analogies, and stimulates with simplifying charts of complex concepts. Leon Fraser- Lecturer, Rutgers Business School Chapter Listing: Chapter 1 - Enterprise Business Model Chapter 2 - Business Process Hierarchy Chapter 3 - Business Process Blueprint Chapter 4 - Anatomy of a Process Chapter 5 - Process Knowledge Chapter 6 - Business Models Chapter 7 - Process Configuration Chapter 8 - BPM Methodology Chapter 9 - BPM Competencies Chapter 10 - BPM Services Chapter 11 - Software Tools Chapter 12 - NewAge Foods Business Process Case Study

    • Business & management
      October 2013

      Business unIntelligence

      by Dr. Barry Devlin

      Business intelligence (BI) used to be so simple - in theory anyway. Integrate and copy data from your transactional systems into a specialized relational database, apply BI reporting and query tools and add business users. Job done. No longer. Analytics, big data and an array of diverse technologies have changed everything. More importantly, business is insisting on ever more value, ever faster from information and from IT in general. An emerging biz-tech ecosystem demands that business and IT work together. Business unIntelligence reflects the new reality that in today's socially complex and rapidly changing world, business decisions must be based on a combination of rational and intuitive thinking. Integrating cues from diverse information sources and tacit knowledge, decision makers create unique meaning to innovate heuristically at the speed of thought. This book provides a wealth of new models that business and IT can use together to design support systems for tomorrow's successful organizations. Dr. Barry Devlin, one of the earliest proponents of data warehousing, goes back to basics to explore how the modern trinity of information, process and people must be reinvented and restructured to deliver the value, insight and innovation required by modern businesses. From here, he develops a series of novel architectural models that provide a new foundation for holistic information use across the entire business. From discovery to analysis and from decision making to action taking, he defines a fully integrated, closed-loop business environment. Covering every aspect of business analytics, big data, collaborative working and more, this book takes over where BI ends to deliver the definitive framework for information use in the coming years. As the person who defined the conceptual framework and physical architecture for data warehousing in the 1980s, Barry Devlin has been an astute observer of the movement he initiated ever since. Now, in Business unintelligence, Devlin provides a sweeping view of the past, present, and future of business intelligence, while delivering new conceptual and physical models for how to turn information into insights and action. Reading Devlin's prose and vision of BI are comparable to reading Carl Sagan's view of the cosmos. The book is truly illuminating and inspiring. --Wayne Eckerson, President, BI Leader Consulting Author, "Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders" Dr. Barry Devlin is among the foremost authorities on business insight and big data, and one of the founders of data warehousing, having published the first architectural paper on the topic in 1988. With over 30 years of IT experience, including 20 years with IBM as a Distinguished Engineer, he is a widely respected analyst, consultant, and lecturer. He is author of the seminal book, "Data Warehouse-from Architecture to Implementation" and numerous White Papers. Barry is founder and principal of 9sight Consulting. He specializes in the human, organizational and IT implications of deep business insight solutions that combine operational, informational and collaborative environments. A regular tweeter, blogger and contributor to multiple publications, Barry is based in Cape Town, South Africa and operates worldwide.

    • Business & management
      June 2014

      Data Modeling for MongoDB

      by Steve Hoberman

      Learn how to capture and precisely document business requirements to create an efficient MongoDB design. Watch Steve Hoberman talk about his book. Congratulations! You completed the MongoDB application within the given tight timeframe and there is a party to celebrate your application’s release into production. Although people are congratulating you at the celebration, you are feeling some uneasiness inside. To complete the project on time required making a lot of assumptions about the data, such as what terms meant and how calculations are derived. In addition, the poor documentation about the application will be of limited use to the support team, and not investigating all of the inherent rules in the data may eventually lead to poorly-performing structures in the not-so-distant future. Now, what if you had a time machine and could go back and read this book. You would learn that even NoSQL databases like MongoDB require some level of data modeling. Data modeling is the process of learning about the data, and regardless of technology, this process must be performed for a successful application. You would learn the value of conceptual, logical, and physical data modeling and how each stage increases our knowledge of the data and reduces assumptions and poor design decisions. Read this book to learn how to do data modeling for MongoDB applications, and accomplish these five objectives: Understand how data modeling contributes to the process of learning about the data, and is, therefore, a required technique, even when the resulting database is not relational. That is, NoSQL does not mean NoDataModeling! Know how NoSQL databases differ from traditional relational databases, and where MongoDB fits. Explore each MongoDB object and comprehend how each compares to their data modeling and traditional relational database counterparts, and learn the basics of adding, querying, updating, and deleting data in MongoDB. Practice a streamlined, template-driven approach to performing conceptual, logical, and physical data modeling. Recognize that data modeling does not always have to lead to traditional data models! Distinguish top-down from bottom-up development approaches and complete a top-down case study which ties all of the modeling techniques together. This book is written for anyone who is working with, or will be working with MongoDB, including business analysts, data modelers, database administrators, developers, project managers, and data scientists. About the Author: Steve Hoberman is the most requested data modeling instructor in the world. He taught his first data modeling class in 1992 and has educated more than 10,000 people about data modeling and business intelligence techniques since then. Steve is the author of seven books on data modeling, the founder of the Design Challenges group, inventor of the Data Model Scorecard, Conference Chair of the Data Modeling Zone conference, and recipient of the 2012 Data Administration Management Association (DAMA) International Professional Achievement Award. Steve can be reached at me@stevehoberman.com, @DataMdlRockStar on Twitter, or through Steve Hoberman on Linked-In.

    • Business & management
      July 2014

      The New Oil

      by Arent van 't Spijker

      How can you leverage the value of your company's data? Well over a century ago oil drove the development of innovations such as the internal combustion engine, central heating and plastics, changing our world and our economy. Oil, as a technology, fueled an economic force that inexorably changed the way people lived and worked. Today, data is fueling a very similar change: it is the driving force for new business models and disruptive technologies that impact companies in every imaginable industry. The New Oil shows how data changes the traditional business paradigm. How it impacts not just high-tech, high-profile companies, but also old-school, low-tech industries all around the world; data lives and breathes within every single company. In The New Oil, Arent van 't Spijker explains how companies such as Google, Nike and Adara are leveraging a 'Data Driven Strategy'. Many other examples highlight the applications and commercial potential for data. Van 't Spijker describes five typical business models for monetizing data that help you to develop viable business models for leveraging data in your own company. He then shows how to successfully put these business models to practice. Above all, he will inspire you to follow in the footsteps of market leaders. Arent van 't Spijker (1970) is senior consultant on Data Driven Strategy at BlinkLane Consulting. He is a trusted advisor to senior management of organizations in developing and leveraging opportunities and new business models based on data. In addition he performs as keynote speaker at conferences and writes about Data Driven Strategy on various blogs and websites. Arent has a deep understanding of the business value of data. He has extensive knowledge of (and experience in) managing the impact of technology in corporate strategy. Based on a solid background in Competitive- and Business Intelligence Van 't Spijker's areas of expertise include Disruptive Technology, Business Model Innovation Data Driven Strategy and Corporate Strategy.

    • Business & management
      January 2012

      The Unprincipled

      The Unvarnished Truth About Running A Marketing Agency From Start-up To Sell-out

      by David Croydon

      Building a business from start-up to sell-out. When I started, or at least co-founded, a small sales promotion agency called Marketing Principles in Oxford over 20 years ago, I had no idea about the dramas that would ensue, or the mixture of fun and games and pain and heartache that could be telescoped into 12 short years. I needed to get a lot of this off my chest for cathartic and purely selfish reasons, but in doing so, and in my current role as small business advisor/coach/mentor/NEC, I realised along the way that the lessons learned might be instructive as well as just entertaining, which is where it originally started. The title is taken from the scurrilous in-house ‘newsletter’ our creative department took to compiling a couple of times a year, to debunk any of our employees who… oh, just anyone who worked for us (including me). We begin the journey in 1985. The key protagonists (at the beginning) all have gainful employment at another local agency, and on the face of it should be content with their lot. But then this thing called ambition comes knocking, and a 12-year roller coaster ride begins. A couple of reviewers have described the content as part business handbook, part memoir, part comic novel, which makes it difficult to categorise in publishing terms. Its style and tone of voice is what makes it unique, and it will appeal to small business owner/managers - from start-ups to established businesses - anywhere: they will recognise many of the issues and problems that we confronted along the way. So it's a personal account, but one that will resonate with anyone who has ever run a small business (or aspires to). Here's a video about the business that is the book's subject matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2_heofh0WE

    • Computing & IT
      January 2014

      The Audacity to Spy

      How Government, Business, and Hackers Rob Us of Privacy

      by Catherine Nolan and Ashley M. Wilson, JD

      Ever get the feeling you're being watched? The thieves that steal identities are using cutting-edge, high-tech tools that can take one fact from a social media site, another from an online travel survey, a third from a purchase made via the internet and even access highly confidential medical records. Little by little they piece together your buying habits, your religious and school affiliations, the names of your family and pets, your political views, your driving habits, the places you have vacationed, and much, much more. This is not science fiction and this is not the future, this is what is happening to each and every one of us now - today. And although the vast majority of adults say they are concerned about providing personal information online, nearly 1/3 say they have never used a privacy setting on their computer, never inquired about the charities to whom they donate their money, never worried about someone accessing their medical information and never thought twice about giving a financial institution their social security number over the internet. The Audacity to Spy, written by an attorney with an interest in privacy laws and legislation and her grandmother who is an experienced Information Analyst, reveals the ways in which your identity and personal data have been stolen by various sources. Yes, you should be concerned about the NSA and other government agencies having your phone logs and emails; but you should worry more about the insidious data brokers that are collecting information about you every time you log on to your laptop, use your cell phone, access an app, or use your GPS. Companies are collecting a variety of data about you, combining it with location information, and using it to both personalize their own services and to sell to other advertisers for behavioral marketing. Law enforcement agencies are tracking your car and insurance companies are installing devices to monitor your driving. Clerks are making copies of your credit cards. And if that wasn't enough, the FBI has reported that hackers have been discovered embedding malicious software in two million computers, opening a virtual door for criminals to rifle through users's valuable personal and financial information. More than warning you about the ways your data can be stolen, at the end of each chapter are suggestions for limiting the amount of personal data that is available to be seized and divulged. Can you completely cut off the flow of information about yourself? The answer is no, not completely - there is already too much data out there and increasingly sophisticated ways to obtain bits and pieces. But knowing how it is collected, and by whom, gives you the power to control sensitive information and determine how much of your life you wish to expose to those more than willing to exploit it.

    • Computing & IT
      January 2014

      Non-Invasive Data Governance

      The Path of Least Resistance and Greatest Success

      by Robert S. Seiner

      Data-governance programs focus on authority and accountability for the management of data as a valued organizational asset. Data Governance should not be about command-and-control, yet at times could become invasive or threatening to the work, people and culture of an organization. Non-Invasive Data Governance™ focuses on formalizing existing accountability for the management of data and improving formal communications, protection, and quality efforts through effective stewarding of data resources. Non-Invasive Data Governance will provide you with a complete set of tools to help you deliver a successful data governance program. Learn how: Steward responsibilities can be identified and recognized, formalized, and engaged according to their existing responsibility rather than being assigned or handed to people as more work. Governance of information can be applied to existing policies, standard operating procedures, practices, and methodologies, rather than being introduced or emphasized as new processes or methods. Governance of information can support all data integration, risk management, business intelligence and master data management activities rather than imposing inconsistent rigor to these initiatives. A practical and non-threatening approach can be applied to governing information and promoting stewardship of data as a cross-organization asset. Best practices and key concepts of this non-threatening approach can be communicated effectively to leverage strengths and address opportunities to improve.

    • Business & management
      January 2014

      Facilitator's and Trainer's Toolkit

      Engage and Energize Participants for Success in Meetings, Classes, and Workshops

      by Artie Mahal

      "Master frameworks, techniques, and tools for conducting meetings, leading sessions and workshops, and transferring knowledge through education and training. In addition to focusing on proven methods, this book contains many new and innovative ideas developed through decades of the author's experience. There are 12 chapters: Chapter 1, Facilitation Framework, classifies all facilitation types into four generic categories: Strategies and Solutions, Programs and Processes, Learning and Development, and Cooperation and Collaboration. Chapter 2, Value Proposition, leverages the Career Steps Framework to prove the return on investment of facilitation skills and competency. Chapter 3, Facilitation Process, explains each phase of the facilitation process: Contract, Prepare, During Session, Conclude, and Evaluate. Chapter 4, Facilitation Leadership, explores Napoleon Hills' eleven factors of leadership, along with values, ethics, and competencies established by the International Association of Facilitators. Chapter 5, Engagers and Energizers, reveals the art and science of educating and transferring learning to adults and optimizing the engagement of session participants using Dr. Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. Chapter 6, Tools, introduces the foundational technique of brainstorming and shows how to use 35 handy facilitation tools for a variety of situations including problem solving, group dynamics, and storytelling. Chapter 7, Workshop Environment, outlines facilitation-friendly principles followed by guidance on room set up, various seating patterns, equipment, food, and supplies. Chapter 8, Virtual Facilitation, provides suitable alternatives to face-to-face facilitation using practical techniques in four key areas: Engagement, Relationship, Communication, and Technology. Chapter 9, Cross-Cultural Facilitation, introduces proven techniques for how to facilitate learning transfer and effective collaboration across cultures through the application of Dr. Geert Hofsgtede's dimensions of cross-cultural communication. Chapter 10, Visual Facilitation, introduces the power of Visuals and Graphics Recording as a tool for effective collaboration and communication in organizational settings. Chapter 11, Self-Development, provides guidelines on how to develop your facilitation competency and track your progress. This chapter concludes with the author's own journey on becoming an accomplished facilitator. Chapter 12, Tools Library, outlines a step-by-step approach along with templates and examples where each of the 35 tools from Chapter 6 can be successfully leveraged. The book concludes with a section on facilitator and trainer resources.

    • Law
      September 2014

      You & the Law in Spain (2015 Edition)

      The complete and readable guide to Spanish Law for foreigners

      by David Searl

      With this information-packed new edition You & the Law in Spain celebrates some thirty years of helping foreigners navigate the minefield of Spanish law. The book is designed to serve the tens of thousands of foreigners who take up residence or buy a holiday home in Spain every year, even in these recessionary times. According to official estimates almost two millions foreigners own property in Spain and more than four million hold residence and work permits meaning that Spain is their real home. All these residents and property owners are confronted with an unfamiliar legal system and a language that they do not usually speak. This book is not a substitute for a lawyer or a tax accountant but will enable the user to ask his or her lawyer or tax accountant the right questions and to understand the answers. In line with readers feedback the book is divided into five key content areas which have reflected users’ information needs over the years, namely, Moving to Spain, Living in Spain Property in Spain You and Your Money in Spain On the Road in Spain Community of Property Owners and each new edition contains a "Changes" feature which facilitates access to the new pieces of legislation that have come into being since the previous edition. Prominent among these for 2015 are • Obligation to declare foreign assets on Form 720 • Non-Spanish 'lifetime' driving permits to be invalidated • Rental property to be registered as a 'tourist let' for tax purposes • Tax reform foresees a reduction in Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax • Revised Horizontal Law allows closure of terraces • Bank restitution is made possible for overpayment of mortgages With half the first print-run of this 23rd Edition already sold, You & the Law in Spain looks set to continue its unchallenged reign as the premier reference work for anyone with a stake in Spain. Author's Note: David Searl moved from his native America to Spain more than thirty years ago and has been writing, lecturing and broadcasting on legal matters during that period.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      Housing: Where's the Plan?

      by Kate Barker

      Housing is a fundamental necessity, and yet we have a ‘housing crisis’ in the UK. The housing market has worked well for many people (who have enjoyed the steeply rising values of their homes) which is why change, especially new building, is resisted. But for increasing numbers of people home ownership is out of reach. Government finds it easier to introduce short-term policies that are not really effective and so the long-term issues are never resolved. Reforms are urgently needed. This short book provides some answers, concluding with a list of policy recommendations and success criteria which would go far to improve the opportunities for families to be served better by the market. Along the way a number of myths are identified – either facts about the housing market or quick-fix solutions to the problems – that the author argues are mistaken.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      Identity is the New Money

      by David Birch

      This book argues that identity and money are both changing profoundly. Because of technological change the two trends are converging so that all that we need for transacting will be our identities captured in the unique record of our online social contacts. Social networks and mobile phones are the key technologies. They will enable the building of an identity infrastructure that can enhance both privacy and security – there is no trade-off. The long-term consequences of these changes are impossible to predict, partly because how they take shape will depend on how companies (probably not banks) take advantage of business opportunities to deliver transaction services. But one prediction made here is that cash will soon be redundant – and a good thing too. In its place we will see a proliferation of new digital currencies.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      The BRIC Road to Growth

      by Jim O'Neill

      The idea that Brazil, Russia, India and China (the ‘BRICs’) are the rising stars of the world economy should by now be widely accepted. However, Jim O’Neill shows that this is not the case. The ‘old’ developed nations have not adjusted to the new world order as they struggle with the legacy of the financial crisis. The BRICs and others (the ‘MINT’ countries) have already ‘emerged’ as economic powers. This requires rapid adjustment in economic policies and especially global economic institutions. This book makes a strong case for a radical overhaul of global economic governance to put these powerful new economies at the heart of decision-making. The author argues that, while the new growth economies still have significant policy adjustments to make, it is also essential for old-world economies to learn from them too and to accept the new order. He looks at the roles of China, Korea and Africa and at the scale of South-South trade. What does all this mean for the EU and for the UK in particular? How should the world engage with the new economic powerhouses?

    • Business, Economics & Law

      Rediscovering Growth

      After the Crisis

      by Andrew Sentance

      The difficult economic climate in Europe and the US since the financial crisis is set to continue as the 'new normal', despite frantic efforts to stimulate growth. The long phase of expansion that lasted from the 1980s until 2008 was driven by easy money, cheap imports and confidence - all gone. And the shift of geopolitical power to Asia is permanent. This does not mean that Western economies are inevitably condemned to 'lost decades' ahead. They can rediscover productivity and growth - but governments face formidable political obstacles to the reforms this would require.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      Why Fight Poverty?

      by Julia Unwin

      Poverty, and calls to end it, date back centuries. Even in prosperous modern times, despite the huge transformation of society, poverty has persisted. The challenge is getting harder because of more recent changes in society such as the social chasm between poor people and the rest, changing family structures and changing community patterns - and because of the negative emotions and stories about poverty. The recent crisis seems set to leave us with a very different economy in which some may never work. This book looks back at the struggle to end poverty and asks if it is worth it. What would a poverty free country be like?

    • Business, Economics & Law

      Reinventing London

      by Bridget Rosewell

      London has enjoyed an extraordinary period of growth in the past generation, symbolised by the towers of Canary Wharf built on the skeleton of the old docks. Finance was at the heart of this, but London's economy is already reinventing itself after the financial crisis. Success will depend on several factors that must go together: growing service sectors in addition to finance; making it possible for the people who work in London to live there in pleasant and affordable surroundings; and investing in communications and transport links. This must include an early decision on airport investment to improve global links, given that the capital's main airport is full to capacity - where the extra capacity is located is less important than starting work on expansion as soon as possible.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      The Post-growth Project

      How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society

      by Ray Cunningham and John Blewitt

      This book challenges the assumption that it is bad news when the economy doesn’t grow. For decades, it has been widely recognised that there are ecological limits to continuing economic growth and that different ways of living, working and organising our economies are urgently required. This urgency has increased since the financial crash of 2007-2008 - but mainstream economists and politicians are unable to think differently. The authors demonstrate why our economic system demands ecologically unsustainable growth and the pursuit of more ‘stuff’. They believe that what matters is quality, not quantity - a better life based on having fewer material possessions, less production and less work. Such a way of life will emphasize well-being, community, security, and what Ivan Illich rightly called ‘conviviality’. That is, more real wealth. The book will therefore appeal to everyone curious as to how a new post-growth economics can be conceived and enacted. It will be of particular interest to policy makers, politicians, business people, trade unionists, academics, students, journalists and a wide range of people working in the not for profit sector. All of the contributors are leading thinkers on Green issues and members of the new think tank Green House.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      The Itinerant Economist

      Memoirs of a Dismal Scientist

      by Russell Jones

      Economists and bankers have long been much maligned individuals; but never more so than in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis. Working as an economist for various financial institutions for more than 25 years Russell Jones had a foot in both camps. He plied his trade in a number of global financial centres, including London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Abu Dhabi - experiencing at first hand the extraordinary ebb and flow of an industry that came to exert a disproportionate influence on the lives of almost everyone on the planet. This is the story of his journey. Along the way, he met some remarkable people, witnessed dramatic shifts in the balance of global economic and political power, explored in detail the labyrinthine complexities involved in managing modern day macroeconomies, and observed all the arrogance, hubris and day-to-day absurdities of an industry that was allowed to run out of control. It was quite a ride and not one without its moments of pathos and humour. The author’s clarity of explanation, candour and honesty are refreshingly different. For anyone interested in the reality of economics and ‘high’ finance, this is a fascinating read.

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