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Good Work epub ebook

by E. F. Schumacher

Good Work epub ebook

Author: E. F. Schumacher
Category: Anthropology
Language: English
Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (July 1, 1979)
Pages: 223 pages
ISBN: 0060138572
ISBN13: 978-0060138578
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 869
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Schumacher's writings in 'Good Work' clarified for me more than ever the important things in human life and society, what we need to. .Schumacher's essays on work, technology, business culture, and related issues. Very insightful and applicable even almost 40 years later.

Schumacher's writings in 'Good Work' clarified for me more than ever the important things in human life and society, what we need to do to sustain meaningful lives, as well putting on paper many things I had "already thought", as is so often the case with real truths and which he put into plain meaningful text thus really crystallizing them. The first 6 Chapters, 145 pages of the book are Schumacher's and are timelessly brilliant. The 7th long chapter (71 pages) was written by Peter Gillingham.

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Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (16 August 1911 – 4 September 1977) was a German-British statistician and economist who is best known for his proposals for human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (16 August 1911 – 4 September 1977) was a German-British statistician and economist who is best known for his proposals for human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies. He served as Chief Economic Advisor to the British National Coal Board from 1950 to 1970, and founded the Intermediate Technology Development Group (now known as Practical Action) in 1966.

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Fritz Schumacher's ideas were the product of a highly original and creative mind; they are generally radical, demanding drastic alterations in conventional ways of thinking and doing; and they have a universal quality about them, which appeals to countless people of different ages, classes, races, and shades of political and religious belief. But I think that there is an even more uncommon quality about his ideas, which is that they lend themselves to, indeed invite, action. The most obvious example is his concept of intermediate technology.

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Good Work’ was published after his death, and brings together a series of lectures. It’s easier reading than his books, ‘Small is Beautiful’ and ‘A Guide for the Perplexed’, written in a more relaxed and free-wheeling spoken manner.

The more I read about sustainability, the more obvious it becomes that everything we need to know to avoid ecological disaster has been around since the 1970s. Good Work’ was published after his death, and brings together a series of lectures. It takes in a number of topics, including intermediate technology, education, and cooperative ownership.

The book's subtitle is the less engaging A Study of Economics as if People Mattered  . For the book is not a paean to smallness

The book's subtitle is the less engaging A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, but it is more true to its content. For the book is not a paean to smallness. It is more a polemic against industry's brutality and (among other things) its despoiling of the environment and of the human spirit.

Indicates directions individuals can take to make a workable future for themselves, stressing that man can control and redirect technology and large institutions by recognizing the importance of the human being
Reviews (6)
Macage
I first read this book when I was in Engineering school and I loved it. I was a little taken aback at first by Schumacher's religious orientation, but he does not preach or proselytize; he finds the gospels of Christ to provide what he feels are the guiding principles in evolving a meaningful and realistic economic system. In short, the work we do is important and it is through our daily labors that we forge a connection to the world and people around us. It is important, in Schumacher's eyes, that we feel our lives to be important and that we see our actions have consequence on every level; spiritual, physical and emotional. When feel disenfranchised we act on our anger seeking out any form of escapism that will free us, however temporarily and ineffectively, from the ennui and isolation that our lives have become. Our environments reflect our state of mind.
If you believe the free market can do no wrong, love Aynn Rand, see Mousseline and Franco as powerful men of vision, unafraid to do what is necessary, this book is not for you. If you think our relations toward one another are important and give value and meaning to our lives, if you think we can do a lot better, this book is for you.

Kajishakar
If you have stumbled upon this title, you have probably already read the authors magnum opus, Small is Beautiful. This book is a collection of Schumacher's thoughts put into practice. He doesn't introduce any new ideas that were not already covered in his previous book. Instead he explains how he went about incorporating his ideas while also serving as Chief Economist of the British Coal Board.

He called each of them "spare-activities" and in no particular order they are:

1) The Soil Association: concerned with research and production of organic food
2) Helping Ernest Bader set up a stakeholder corporate structure for his plastics company
3) The Intermediate Technology Group

Schumacher also dedicates some chapters to point out the faults of capitalism in order to build his case for "intermediate technology." He is on point with all of them, and best of all he does it from a rather bipartisan, non-politically motivated stance. His goal isn't to change the system but to help improve it.

At the beginning of the book, he rips OPEC for pricing out European coal mines only to raise the prices as soon as they were the dominant energy supplier of the world because they could via the Law of Scarcity. I don't know enough about energy to be able to comment here, however in retrospect we all know that coal has it's own inherent problems and is not a sustainable source of energy for the world. Schumacher probably knew this and it seems that the real problem that he had here was not that European coal lost importance but that Europe became dependent on Middle Eastern oil and no longer had a self-sustaining source of energy.

This critique lays the ground work for why Schumacher believes in self-sustaining economic systems founded upon the use of "intermediate technology." He cites Zambian egg farmers as an example. They were dependent on European and American made egg trays in order to ship their eggs into the local markets. When the shipments stopped, so did the farmers ability to sell their eggs.

The dark side of specialization and foreign trade are that you become dependent on a foreign entity which has no vested interest in the prosperity of your own people. If the infrastructure of the global economy changes, you must change with it. Furthermore, there are high upfront capital costs to infrastructure making fluid change difficult. The problem is even more critical for poorer countries with very little technological infrastructure at all, as in the case of the Zambian egg farmers. They did not posses the human capital to reproduce there own egg trays. Hence the need for "intermediate technology" that is easy to make and reproduce for these types of economies.

Schumacher also devotes some time to rip the boring and repetitive work that many white collar professionals are tasked with doing, something I thought would have been a more focal point of the book as referenced by the title. His arguments are well intended, however at the same rate I highly doubt that the work done by peasants in the Middle Ages was any more fulfilling, and unlike them, white collar professionals have better standards of living and safer working conditions.

Schumacher truly was a pioneer of his time and it is amazing to see much of his ideas actually being applied 40 years later. I took of one star for the review because the writing is more conversation than book. However, if you were fascinated by Small is Beautiful and would like a closer look into some of his ideas as well as a more concrete guide towards how to apply them, do not hesitate to buy this book.

Wen
Schumacher's writings in 'Good Work' clarified for me more than ever the important things in human life and society, what we need to do to sustain meaningful lives, as well putting on paper many things I had "already thought", as is so often the case with real truths and which he put into plain meaningful text thus really crystallizing them. The first 6 Chapters / 145 pages of the book are Schumacher's and are timelessly brilliant.

The 7th long chapter (71 pages) was written by Peter Gillingham. While Gillingham's writing may be fine in a stand-alone book covering his own ideas, I felt it to have been inappropriately "tacked on" to Schumacher's priceless work. By doing so I it feel watered down or diverted the reader away from Schumacher's genius, with the book drifting off into other domains.

This book "Good Work" is 100% worth getting and reading, and is especially relevant to life today (2005) . Although written 30 years ago, it was way ahead of its time, and the points it makes about society, its obsessive addiction to oil and unnatural systems of living are very relevant to what's happening today - in effect, the chickens it writes about in the mid-1970's are now coming home to roost.

Akelevar
Schumacher's essays on work, technology, business culture, and related issues. Very insightful and applicable even almost 40 years later. I'll be using this book in my graduate level course on Good Work, Meaningful Work.

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Yozshubei
Thanks, the book is just great.

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