Book review : Changing business from the inside out

As you might have gathered from my specialised list on Twitter I am starting to interest myself to the world of Corporate (Social) Responsibility, aka CSR. After a long search, I found the perfect book on this fast expanding field in business. 

Screw Business As Usual, by Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the serial entrepreneur of genius behind Virgin. Having studied him in my management classes at Audencia back to 2006, I have to say that I really wanted to read his latest book, Screw Business As Usual. Having read it in a couple of days, I have to say that it is highly… Continue reading Screw Business As Usual, by Richard Branson

Book review : Cradle to cradle

Inspiring : that’s the adjective that comes to mind as I have just finished reading Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. I had heard about that book for quite some time and I understand now why. The book  was written  in 2002 –with a 2008 reedition – and is replete with enlightening… Continue reading Book review : Cradle to cradle

Books on sustainability, energy and climate

Ever since I first started interesting myself to energy and climate and afterwards to sustainability issues – somewhere around 2004 – I have read and reviewed quite a significant amount of great interesting books. If the previous version of this website offered at the bottom of each page a randomized selection of these reviews, the… Continue reading Books on sustainability, energy and climate

Book review : Reinventing Fire, by Amory Lovins

Since I started this blog – and even before – I have read quite a serious amount of books on energy and climate issues. But today I can say I have found my favorite : Reinventing Fire, by Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Mixing the maths of Sustainable energy – without the hot… Continue reading Book review : Reinventing Fire, by Amory Lovins

The Third Industrial Revolution

Here is my review of The Third Industrial Revolution, by Jeremy Rifkin. After reading the 300 pages I daresay this book provides us a vision and a narrative to achieve it. Here are the five pillars of this revolution : 1. Shifting to renewable energy ; 2. Converting buildings into power plants 3. Hydrogen and… Continue reading The Third Industrial Revolution

2011 in a nutshell : my selection of essential posts

With some delay I would like to propose you today my selection of the most important news of 2011. As I wrote close to 250 articles, selecting only 25 proved to be difficult. I have mixed topics so you will find stuff on climate change, cleantech, environmental issues and sustainable development. I have also mixed… Continue reading 2011 in a nutshell : my selection of essential posts

Book review : Environmental strategy and sustainable development

While looking for a new book in the shelves of the ESSEC Business School’s learning center, I found this one. With such a promising and current title, little was I doubting that it was written more than 15 years ago. Indeed, published little after the Rio summit, the author – Richard Welford – outlines what… Continue reading Book review : Environmental strategy and sustainable development

Book review : The Sustainable MBA

Here is another book review as I just finished The Sustainable MBA, by Giselle Weybrecht. Albeit I believe it is a great book and am strongly recommending it, I don’t feel like I learned a lot. But this might be explained by two facts : 1. I graduated very recently (2006) from a Master in… Continue reading Book review : The Sustainable MBA

Book review : The Plundered Planet

Here is a review of a book I finished in February. After reading Crossing The Energy Divide, I started right away  The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier, a professor of Economics at Oxford who worked for the World Bank. This is the sequel of The Bottom Billion, which was published in 2007 and explained why… Continue reading Book review : The Plundered Planet

Book review : Factor five

We all know it : energy – and resource – efficiency is the panacea to all our energy and environmental woes. As I finished reading another excellent book on the very matter, I am sharing with you today the main findings. Factor Five is the sequel of the 1997-book Factor Four. It demonstrates how our… Continue reading Book review : Factor five