Author: E F Schumacher
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-05-31
Genre: Business & Economics
Small is Beautiful is E. F. Schumacher's stimulating and controversial study of economics and its purpose. This remarkable book examines our modern economic system - its use of resources and impact on how we live - questioning whether they reflect what we truly care about. The revolutionary ideas are as pertinent, inspirational and thought-provoking today as when they were first published in 1973.
Author: Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Competition, International
A controversial study, first published in 1973, of the economic structure of the western world. Schumacher maintains that man's current pursuit of profit and progress has resulted in gross economic inefficiency, environmental pollution and inhumane working conditions.
Author: Ernst F. Schumacher
Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Book Description: Small Is Beautiful is Oxford-trained economist E. F. Schumacher’s classic call for the end of excessive consumption. Schumacher inspired such movements as “Buy Locally” and “Fair Trade,” while voicing strong opposition to “casino capitalism” and wasteful corporate behemoths. Named one of the Times Literary Supplement’s 100 Most Influential Books Since World War II, Small Is Beautiful presents eminently logical arguments for building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations. - Review: “Embracing what Schumacher stood for--above all the idea of sensible scale--is the task for our time. Small is Beautiful could not be more relevant. It was first published in 1973, but it was written for our time.” (Bill McKibben, from the Foreword ) “An eco-bible” (Time magazine ) “Small Is Beautiful changed the way many people think about bigness and its human costs.” (New York Times ) “Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom. . . . Schumacher believes economists need a new set of values, to obtain maximum well-being with minimum consumption.” (Newsweek )
This title includes Foreword by Sheila Kitzinger, Writer, Researcher, Activist and Honorary Professor, Wolfson School of Health Sciences, Thames Valley University. Birth centres are suitable for every woman whose birth is straightforward, which accounts for around 75 per cent of all women. This inspirational guide shows how small scale maternity provision has a profound clinical and organisational advantage over large scale hospital provision, including saving of time and money by reducing intervention rates. It presents the thoughts and feelings of midwives and patients and how both enjoy the humane and compassionate care of the birth centre ethos. The book is invaluable for midwives, obstetricians, doulas, maternity care assistants and maternity service planners and managers. It also provides enlightening information for general practitioners and other health and social care professionals, maternity service users groups and academics with an interest in midwifery and health services. "What birth centres do best is simply providing humane childbirth care. There are no high tech gadgetry, doctors or dramatic stories of childbirth rescues that make it into the media. Yet 'miracles' happen inside their walls every day as women have their babies after normal labours and births. Until now, there have been very few books detailing what happens in birth centres so that women and childbirth professionals can be introduced to an alternative beyond the large hospital model. This book provides a window in on the birth centre model and there are some exciting things to find there about childbirth care in the 21st century." - Denis Walsh, in the Preface. "Denis Walsh has one of the most incisive, analytical and brilliant minds in nursing and midwifery research today. He demonstrates the difference between a quality environment for birth where a woman can create her own 'nest', and a technocratic, bureaucratically controlled, highly medicalised and risk-oriented birth culture dominated by the clock, which is most women's experience today." - Sheila Kitzinger, in the Foreword.
Author: Paola Bongini
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Bancos - Corea
During a systemic financial crisis in Korea, the probability of financial distress was greater for large financial intermediaries (such as commercial banks and merchant banking corporations) than it was for tiny mutual savings and finance companies.
Author: Joseph Pearce
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2014-05-06
Genre: Political Science
A third of a century ago, E. F. Schumacher rang out a timely warning against the idolatry of giantism with his book Small Is Beautiful. Since then, millions of copies of Schumacher’s work have been sold in dozens of different languages; few books before or since have spoken so profoundly to urgent economic and social considerations. Schumacher, a highly respected economist and adviser to third-world governments, broke ranks with the accepted wisdom of his peers to warn of impending calamity if rampant consumerism, technological dynamism, and economic expansionism were not checked by human and environmental considerations. Humanity was lurching blindly in the wrong direction, argued Schumacher. Its obsessive pursuit of wealth would not, as so many believed, ultimately lead to utopia but more probably to catastrophe. Schumacher’s greatest achievement was the fusion of ancient wisdom and modern economics in a language that encapsulated contemporary doubts and fears about the industrialized world. The wisdom of the ages, the perennial truths that have guided humanity throughout its history, serves as a constant reminder to each new generation of the limits to human ambition. But if this wisdom is a warning, it is also a battle cry. Schumacher saw that we needed to relearn the beauty of smallness, of human-scale technology and environments. It was no coincidence that his book was subtitled Economics as if People Mattered. Joseph Pearce revisits Schumacher’s arguments and examines the multifarious ways in which Schumacher’s ideas themselves still matter. Faced though we are with fearful new technological possibilities and the continued centralization of power in large governmental and economic structures, there is still the possibility of pursuing a saner and more sustainable vision for humanity. Bigger is not always best, Pearce reminds us, and small is still beautiful.
Why are there more poor people with small bank accounts than rich people with big bank accounts? Why is the small almost always more numerous than the big in the world? Empirical examinations of real-life data overwhelmingly confirm the existence of such uneven size proportions in favor of the small. There are more small planets and stars than big ones in the cosmos. There are more small molecules than big molecules in the chemical world. There are more small families with few children than big families with many children. In geological data, there are more small rivers than big rivers, and there are more harmless small earthquakes than devastating big ones. There are by far many more small creatures than big creatures in the biological world. There are only about two million big whales swimming the oceans, yet there are over 300 billion small birds flying the sky. Tiny little ants are even more abundant, with estimates of over 100 trillions of them walking the earth In number theory as well, there are more small prime numbers than big prime numbers for integers. In census data, there are more villages than towns, more towns than cities, and more cities than metropolises. In history, there were more small wars with low death toll than horrific big wars with high death toll such as WWII. The vast list of topics & disciplines obeying this quantitative law of nature confirms the fact that the phenomenon is nearly universal. This book discusses in detail several real-life case studies; presents three distinct explanations for the phenomenon; and numerically quantifies the small is beautiful phenomenon in order to obtain an exact measure indicating by how much the relatively small is more numerous than the relatively big.