Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World

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Rocky Mountain Books Ltd, Oct 15, 2012 - Nature - 168 pages
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Provocative, passionate and populist, RMB Manifestos are short and concise non-fiction books of literary, critical, and cultural studies.

Global sustainability in the 21st century seems to be an elusive goal. There are too many issues, too many problems—and, increasingly, too many people—to make the major changes required in the time various experts tell us we have left before it’s too late.

To create a sustainable future, we need to change the game itself. We cannot simply try to solve our problems one at a time. Instead, we need to reimagine sustainability in all its dimensions—social, cultural, environmental and economic—to create a global system that reflects how we should be living together, one that generates both hope and possibility.

In this thought-provoking work, Peter Denton argues that the attitudes and values associated with the economics of exchange are in part to blame for our current situation. We need to rediscover what it means to live in a universe of relations, not merely in one that can be counted and measured. The more we are able to replace an economy based on transactions with an ecology based on gifts, the more likely a sustainable future becomes for all of Earth’s children.


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Intriguing book - raises some interesting ideas about why and what change is needed
It caught my eye as I was browsing a list of new books to library - so decided to check it out as ebook from
I know I will come back to the ideas / concepts Peter Denton is raising multiple times.
Am planning to purchase (likely even in print) - this is a book I will want to have at hand to draw from, quote from and discuss with others.
Highly recommend (and I have not finished reading it yet! - which is why I gave it only 4 stars right now)
The book is highly readable - think it will appeal both to those new to these concepts, as well as to readers more familiar with exchange concepts


Prelude On Ethics Technology
Mechanics Methodists andMe
Interlude Lessonsfrom a Scrub Oak
Towarda Gift Ecology
Postlude The Turtles Gift

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Peter Denton has spent the last 30 years exploring the interrelationships of science, technology, religion and society and is an instructor in ethics and sustainability at Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology in Winnipeg, associate professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. Peter lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gift Ecology is his fourth book.

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