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Why Life Matters

Why Life Matters: Fifty Ecosystems of the Heart and Mind

Authors: Michael Charles Tobias & Jane Gray Morrison

Interviews conducted by ecology luminaries Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison

 About the book

Dr. Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison are world-renowned ecological philosophers and activists, interdisciplinary social and environmental scientists and broad-ranging, deeply committed humanists. This collection of fifty essays and interviews comprises an invigorating, outspoken, provocative and eloquent overview of the ecological humanities in one highly accessible volume. The components of this collection were published in the authors’ "Green Conversations" blog series, and pieces in the Eco News Network from 2011 to 2013 and feature luminaries from Jane Goodall to Ted Turner to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution to the former head of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Stunning color photographs captured by the authors and contributors makeWhy Life Matters: Fifty Ecosystems of the Heart and Mind a feast for the eyes as well as the mind and soul.

Ethics, science, technology, ecological literacy, grass-roots renaissance thinkers, conservation innovation from the U.S. to the U.K.; from India to Ecuador; from Bhutan to Haiti; from across Africa, the Neo-Tropics, Central Asia and Japan, to Rio, Shanghai and Manhattan – this humanistic ode to the future of life on earth is a relevant and resonating read.

Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, partners who between them have authored some 50 books and written, directed and produced some 170 films, a prolific body of work that has been read, translated and/or broadcast around the world, have been married for more than a quarter-of-a-century. Their field research across the disciplines of comparative literature, anthropology, the history of science and philosophy, ecology and ethics, in over 80 countries, has served as a telling example of what two people – deeply in love with one another – can accomplish in spreading that same unconditional love to others – of all species.

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This Globalizing World edited by Alexander Chumakov & Leonid Grinin


Volgograd: 'Uchitel' Publishing House, 2015. – 224 pp.

Edited by Alexander N. Chumakov and Leonid E. Grinin 
ISBN 978–5–7057–4340–7

Despite the increasing flow of publications on globalization, our ideas and knowledge about this phenomenon still leave much to be desired. That is why the special periodicals and books in the field of Global Studies are of utmost importance for modern society. Of great importance are also the books which accumulate the last achievements of scientific thought in the field of Global Studies. The present edited volume is just the book of the kind. Its title, This Globalizing World,reflects the main idea of the formation of a new World System. This book comprises the best articles which have been published in the interdisciplinary journals Age of Globalization (published in Russian), its English-language digest, as well as in the Journal of Globalization Studies. The articles included in the volume reflect the today's pressing issues, and they also present a number of forecasts for the nearest future and for the more distant periods of the global development as well. In the present volume one can find the perceptions of globalization by a number of scholars from different countries, whose articles have been published in the mentioned journals.

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands. The Well-Being of the Earth and Our Own Well-Being are One and the Same

Ervin Laszlo. Global Bifurcation: The Decision Window



Roland Robertson. The ‘Return’ of Religion and the Conflicted Condition of World Order

Wali Teymouri. Global Leaders and Cultural Diversity

Alexander N. Chumakov. What Must We Do Confronted with Globalization?

Leonid E. Grinin. Which Global Transformations would the Global Crisis Lead to?



Tomasz Kamusella. Central Europe from a Linguistic Viewpoint

Petr Blizkovsky. Stakeholders of Economic Governance: European Perspective

Karl-Heinz Pohl. The Chinese and Western Values: Reflections on the Methodology of a Cross-Cultural Dialogue

Leonid E. Grinin. The Tiger and the Dragon: Development Models and Perspectives of India and China

Anastasia V. Mitrofanova. Religious Aspects of International Terrorism

Patrick A. Taran. Globalization, Migration and Labour: Imperatives for a Rights Based Policy

Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison. The ‘Ahimsa Factor’: Ecological Non-Violence Process Analysis in China and its Implications for Global Paradigmatic Shifts



Ervin Laszlo. The Culture of ‘Oneness in Diversity’: A Manifesto

Endre Kiss. A Possible History of Globalization and Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Tom Rockmore. Social Contradiction, Globalization and 9/11

Peter McCormick. Globalization and Cosmopolitanism: Claims, Attitudes and Experiences of Friendship 184

Alexander N. Chumakov. On the Subject and Boundaries of Global Studies

William C. Gay. Processes of Globalization and the Discipline of Global Studies

Lu Feng. Reflections on the Global Environmental Crisis from Confucian and Ecological Perspectives


Information about previous publications of the articles included in the volume

Contributors to the Volume

Journals related to the study of globalization


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Empower Journal

Empower Journal - Integral Theory in Action

The members of both The Club of Budapest Americas and The Memnosyne Institute will be curating "Empower" Journal with the focus on highlighting the pragmatic, yet visionary steps people all over the world are taking to empower humanity as it faces challenges in an ever more interconnected world.

The Club of Budapest - Americas (COBA) and The Memnosyne Foundation are in the midst of beginning to get their "Empower Journal" available online. The first issue is free and can now be viewed! The journal will be made available soon on all types of internet related technology as well. (However, they are currently researching for a way to make the printing costs more affordable so they can also send the magazine out to independent bookstores. If any of you have any resources/suggestions, please write to them and let them know!)

Congratulations again to those who made such impressive contributions in the first issue and/or who were spotlighted/profiled or included in the "Quotes From Integral Leaders" section! (Jonah Wittkamper, Adam Apollo Amorastreya, Nassim Haramein, Todd Collier, Coke Buchanan, Ervin Laszlo, David Woolfson, Tania Rodriguez, Michael Gosney, Don Edward Beck, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Thomas Friedman, etc.)
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