"Extensive fieldwork in Africa, the United States, and elsewhere convinced Allan Savory that neither the forces of nature nor commonly blamed culprits - overpopulation, poor farming practices, lack of financial support - were causing the decline of once-healthy ecosystems. He also noted that, in many parts of the world, once land has become degraded, letting it rest seldom helps revitalize it. Savory came to realize that environmental problems are caused by human management decisions, and only through wholesale changes in the way decisions are made can functioning ecosystems be restored." "In response to his discoveries, Savory developed a revolutionary new approach to decision making and management. Known initially as Holistic Resource Management, and now as simply Holistic Management, it considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable. At the heart of the approach lies a simple testing process that enables people to make decisions that simultaneously consider economic, social, and environmental realities, both short-and long-term." "Holistic Management is a newly revised and updated edition of Holistic Resource Management (Island Press, 1988), which was the first book-length treatment of Savory's decision-making framework and how it could be applied. This is an essential handbook for anyone involved with land management and stewardship and a valuable guide for all those seeking to make better decisions within their businesses, communities, or in any aspect of their personal lives."--BOOK JACKET.
Pt. I. Introduction. 1. Changing the Way We Make Decisions -- Pt. II. Four Key Insights. 2. The Power of Paradigms. 3. The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts. 4. Viewing Environments a Whole New Way. 5. The Predator-Prey Connection. 6. Timing Is Everything. 7. A New Framework for Management and Decision Making -- Pt. III. The Power Lies in the Holistic Goal. 8. Defining the Whole: What Are You Managing? 9. Forming a Holistic Goal: What Is It You Really Want? 10. Developing a Sense of Ownership: Are You Sure That's What You Really Want? -- Pt. IV. The Ecosystem That Sustains Us All. 11. The Four Fundamental Processes That Drive Our Ecosystem. 12. Water Cycle: The Circulation of Civilization's Life Blood. 13. Community Dynamics: The Ever-Changing Patterns in the Development of Living Communities. 14. Mineral Cycle: The Circulation of Life-Sustaining Nutrients. 15. Energy Flow: The Flow of Fuel That Animates All Life -- Pt. V. The Tools We Use to Manage Our Ecosystem. 16. From Stone Age Spears to Genetic Engineering. 17. Money and Labor: One or Both of These Tools Is Always Required. 18. Human Creativity: Key to Using All Tools Effectively. 19. Fire: The Most Ancient Tool. 20. Rest: The Most Misunderstood Tool. 21. Grazing: The Most Abused Tool. 22. Animal Impact: The Least Used Tool. 23. Living Organisms: The Most Complex Tool. 24. Technology: The Most Used Tool -- Pt. VI. Testing Your Decisions. 25. Making Economically, Environmentally, and Socially Sound Decisions. 26. Cause and Effect: Stop the Blows to Your Head Before You Take the Aspirin. 27. Weak Link: The Strength of a Chain Is That of Its Weakest Link. 28. Marginal Reaction: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck. 29. Gross Profit Analysis: Bringing in the Most Money for the Least Additional Cost. 30. Energy and Money: Using the Most Appropriate Forms in the Most Constructive Way. 31. Sustainability: Generating Lasting Wealth. 32. Society and Culture: Personal Values and Social Responsibility -- Pt. VII. Completing the Feedback Loop. 33. Monitoring Your Plans and Keeping on Track -- Pt. VIII. Some Practical Guidelines for Management. 34. Lessons Learned in Practice. 35. Learning and Practice: Shifting Your Paradigms. 36. Organization and Leadership: Creating an Environment That Nurtures Creativity. 37. Marketing: Developing a Strategy in Line with Your Holistic Goal. 38. Time: When to Expose and Reexpose Plants and Soils to Animals. 39. Stock Density and Herd Effect: Using Animals to Shape the Landscape. 40. Cropping: Practices That More Closely Mimic Nature. 41. Burning: When and How to Burn, and What to Do Before and After. 42. Population Management: Look to Age Structure Rather Than Numbers, Diversity Rather Than Single Species -- Pt. IX. Planning Procedures Unique to Holistic Management. 43. Departing from the Conventional. 44. Holistic Financial Planning: Creating the Financial Roadmap to Your Holistic Goal. 45. Holistic Land Planning: Developing Infrastructure on Large Tracts of Land. 46. Holistic Grazing Planning: Getting Animals to the Right Place, at the Right Time, and for the Right Reasons -- Pt. X. New Perspectives. 47. Expanding the Uses of the Holistic Management Model. 48. Diagnosing the Cause of Problems. 49. Making Research Relevant. 50. Creating Sound Policies -- Pt. XI. Conclusion. 51. Changing Course: Creating the Future We Want -- About the Center for Holistic Management
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