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Taking back our lives in the age of corporate dominance

Author: Ellen Schwartz; Suzanne Stoddard
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, 1999, ©2000.
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Reveals the profound impact of the global corporate economy on our daily lives; details 75 immediate and long-term Action Steps for empowering ourselves both individually and as a society. Offers specific tips, ideas, and resources on how to pare down our lives and open up our time. This book provides questions for reflection that help readers to think in new ways about what matters most to them. Corporate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Schwartz, Ellen, 1950-
Taking back our lives in the age of corporate dominance.
San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, 2000
(DLC) 99054916
(OCoLC)42745427
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Schwartz; Suzanne Stoddard
OCLC Number: 795703080
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 224 pages)
Contents: Part I: How corporate structures, products, and processes impact our work and personal lives: Introduction --
A time of turbulence: when too much information keeps us from knowing the truth --
The gift that keeps on taking: how the bottom-line mentality is bottoming out our lives and the planet --
The hidden costs of competition: the heavy price we pay to win --
This is entertainment? : TV as purveyor of a culture of disrespect and promoter of a passive populace --
Media, girls, and body image: how impossible images of physical perfection are making our girls sick --
The best government big money can buy: can a corporate-sponsored democracy serve the people? --
What do world trade agreements have to do with me? : globalization means equalizing down to the lowest common denominator --
Time: a nonrenewable resource: why are we finding time to live --
Part II: Fresh choices: saying yes! to amore expansive life: Change and the comfort zone: embracing risks that have been foisted upon us by life --
What's an inner life and who needs it? : trading fear for trust and planting seeds for loving-kindness --
Flashpoints: how our stresses play out in the family crucible, damaging those we love most --
Nurturing what is precious: finding new ways to communicate and connect withour loved ones --
Meaningful work: livelihoods both personally satisfying and earth-friendly --
Giving time, getting joy: life as a banquet for the servers --
Together we are whole: new ways to create a support network while beating the high cost of living --
Paring down our lives: how less can be made more --What is and what can be: starting from wherever you are with a passionate consciousness --
Way more fun than TV: surefire ways to release your playful spirit.
Responsibility: Ellen Schwartz and Suzanne Stoddard.
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Reveals the profound impact of the global corporate economy on our daily lives; details 75 immediate and long-term Action Steps for empowering ourselves both individually and as a society. Offers specific tips, ideas, and resources on how to pare down our lives and open up our time. This book provides questions for reflection that help readers to think in new ways about what matters most to them. Corporate structures, products, and processes permeate our society -but what do they really mean to us in our daily lives? The bottom-line mentality that drives corporate America, say Ellen Augustine (formerly Schwartz) and Suzanne Stoddard, is creating a world unresponsive to human needs, corrosive to the democratic process, and destructive to the planet itself. Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance shows the links between our mundane everyday struggles and the global corporate economy, image-driven media, and the relentless pace which consumes us all. And it tells us how we can change things by transforming both our work and leisure. The authors use hard-hitting examples and illuminating personal vignettes about confronting fear, anger, death, family problems, and the stultifying effects of staying in the "comfort zone." They detail over 75 steps for personal and societal actions-some quick and immediate, others in-depth and long term-for retaking control of our lives. The authors include provocative questions for reflection that shock, prod, and jump-start the reader into thinking about what matters most to them.

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