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Environmental disasters. Terrorist wars. Energy scarcity. Economic failure. Is this the world's inevitable fate, a downward spiral that ultimately spells the collapse of societies? Perhaps, says acclaimed author Thomas Homer-Dixon - or perhaps these crises can actually lead to renewal for ourselves and planet earth. The Upside of Down takes the reader on a mind-stretching tour of societies' management, or mismanagement, of disasters over time. From the demise of ancient Rome to contemporary climate change, this spellbinding book analyzes what happens when multiple crises compound to cause what the author calls "synchronous failure." But, crisis doesn't have to mean total global calamity. Through catagenesis, or creative, bold reform in the wake of breakdown, it is possible to reinvent our future. Drawing on the worlds of archeology, poetry, politics, science, and economics, The Upside of Down is certain to provoke controversy and stir imaginations across the globe. The author's wide-ranging expertise makes his insights and proposals particularly acute, as people of all nations try to grapple with how we can survive tomorrow's inevitable shocks to our global system. There is no guarantee of success, but there are ways to begin thinking about a better world, and The Upside of Down is the ideal place to start thinking.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Thomas Homer-Dixon
Publisher: Island Press
Release: 2010-04-16
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781597266307

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Next time you go to a conference or hire a consultant to be told, 'We live in a VUCA [Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous] world, ' leave the room. You are wasting your time. In a world of fake news, deep-fakes, manipulated feeds of information and divisive social-media agendas, it's easy to believe that our time is the most challenging in human history. It's just not true. It is a time of extraordinary opportunity. But only if you have the right mindset. Fear of the future breeds inaction and leads to strategic paralysis. We put off decisions until we can have certainty. We look for signals. We wait. And while we do that, the world moves on around us. Problem-solvers thrive in chaotic and uncertain times because they act to change their future. Winners recognise that in a world of growing uncertainty, you need to resort to actions on things you can control. And the only things over which you have absolute control are your attitude and your mindset. These, in turn, determine the actions you will take and that will define your future. A robust mindset is the one common characteristic Bruce Whitfield has identified in two decades of interrogating how South Africa's billionaires and start-up mavericks think differently. They are not naive Pollyannas. They don't ignore risk or hope that problems will go away. They constantly measure, manage, consider and weigh up opportunities in a tumultuous sea of uncertainty and find ways around obstacles. If, as Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller suggests, the stories we tell affect economic outcomes, then we need to tell different stories amidst the noise and haste of a rapidly evolving world.

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Author: Bruce Whitfield
Publisher:
Release: 2020-04
File: 244 Pages
ISBN-13: 1770107258

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This book is a compelling true-to-life story which chronicles a family’s collective and collaborative efforts to help their loved one, born with Down syndrome, navigate through life’s labyrinth of challenges. Shortly after JuJu’s birth, the physician predicted she would not survive passed her fifth year, and yet she lived decades beyond the physician’s prediction by sixty-two years. Thanks in part to a loving and stimulating home environment. Overall, JuJu had a cheerful childhood which carried on into her teens, adulthood, and part of her senior citizen years.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Mary Joan Reasby
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
Release: 2016-11-17
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781683488187

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An entertaining, humorous, and inspirational memoir by the founder and chief creative officer of the multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand ban.do, who “has become a hero among women (and likely some men too) who struggle with mental health” (Forbes). After graduating from college, Jen Gotch was living with her parents, heartbroken and lost, when she became convinced that her skin had turned green. Hallucinating that she looked like Shrek was terrifying, but it led to her first diagnosis and the start of a journey towards self-awareness, acceptance, success, and ultimately, joy. With humor and candor, Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely path to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar brand. From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and ADD were misdiagnosed, to her winding career path as a waitress, photographer, food stylist, and finally, accidental entrepreneur, she illuminates how embracing her flaws and understanding the influence of mental illness on her creativity actually led to her greatest successes in business and life. Hilarious, hyper-relatable, and filled with fascinating insights and hard-won wisdom on everything from why it’s okay to cry at work to the myth of busyness and perfection to the emotional rating system she uses every day, Gotch’s inspirational memoir dares readers to live each day with hope, optimism, kindness, and humor.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Jen Gotch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2020-03-24
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781982108830

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“Clever, surprisingly fast-paced, and enlightening.” —Forbes Most new products fail. So do most businesses. And most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run? What separates those who keep treading water from those who harness the lessons from their mistakes? One of our most popular business bloggers, Megan McArdle takes insights from emergency room doctors, kindergarten teachers, bankruptcy judges, and venture capitalists to teach us how to reinvent ourselves in the face of failure. The Up Side of Down is a book that just might change the way you lead your life.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Megan McArdle
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-02-11
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780698151499

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Like a roller coaster ride, life is filled with stomach-wrenching drops, dips, and sudden curves. But there is an upside to being down: God, who works in and through our troubles and never abandons us to disaster, provides a well-engineered superstructure and a carefully planned set of tracks and guardrails. Even when the ride is too hectic, unsettling, and twisted for us to sense His support and guidance, He is still there. This book is about learning to trust in God's work and provisions as the divine superstructure underneath every trial. When we understand the ultimate purpose behind our suffering, we will be willing to stay on board.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Joseph M. Stowell
Publisher: Our Daily Bread Publishing
Release: 2013-07-10
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781572939011

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Susan Biggar fell in love with a New Zealander. Maybe as an American, she saw Darryl as a ticket to an exhilarating, global life. When her first son arrived, he came with fierce blue eyes, a curly toe and cystic fibrosis. The doctors said he would be lucky to reach the age of thirty. A job offer in Paris snatched the family from New Zealand, depositing them in the city of lights, romance—and a whole new medical world. When Susan’s second baby was also born with cystic fibrosis , the insignificant worries of her old life slipped away, shifting her from ‘normal mum’ to ‘gotta-figure-out-how-to-keep-the-kids-alive-mum’. This—and all that followed—was not what she expected. Set across the globe—in California, New Zealand, France and Australia—The Upside of Down is a story of belief, of learning that sometimes joy is a decision. ‘A rare combination of laugh-out-loud humour and an intensely honest exploration of difficult issues … It’s like Eat, Pray, Love but with children, a husband and health issues along for the ride! Anyone who has ever experienced illness in their family or considered an expatriate life will want to read this book.’ — ANDREA J. MILLER, Shares in Life Foundation, NZ

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Susan Biggar
Publisher: Transit Lounge
Release: 2014-09-01
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781921924750

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Discover the Upside of Down enlightens readers and give them investment strategies for both protection and profits. Chapters include information on the hot button economic topics of today and for the foreseeable future: oil, gold, real estate, stocks, the dollar, the U.S. and global economies and the future outlook from a longterm viewpoint for each. A timely book with a timely message, this book targets the investor concerned about maintaining their investments during volatile times.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Ron Coby
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release: 2009-01-23
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0470442972

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Natalie Drake certainly has her hands full with raising a large family, dealing with her difficult mother, and maintaining a relationship with her rebellious teenager. But when she's called to be the Relief Society president and finds out she's pregnant as well, Natalie must learn to trust in a plan that isn't what she imagined and discover that every situation has an upside.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Rebecca Talley
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Release:
File: 249 Pages
ISBN-13: 1599558491

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One young woman's memoir of her time with depression and how she managed to overcome it. During her struggle, Tamra experimented with natural therapies and concepts until she developed a toolkit that others could also use to guide them out of the pit of negativity. The Upside of Down recognises that there is no magic pill for depression, and that a holistic approach is needed to permanently end the pain.

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Genre: Depression, Mental
Author: Tamra Mercieca
Publisher:
Release: 2009
File: 270 Pages
ISBN-13: 0646516663

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