Small-Mart Revolution How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition

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ISBN-13: 9781576754665
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Annotated)
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Description: Defenders of globalization, free markets, and free trade insist there's no alternative to mega-stores like Wal-Mart -- Michael Shuman begs to differ. In "The Small-Mart Revolution, Shuman makes a compelling case for his alternative business model,  More...

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List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Defenders of globalization, free markets, and free trade insist there's no alternative to mega-stores like Wal-Mart -- Michael Shuman begs to differ. In "The Small-Mart Revolution, Shuman makes a compelling case for his alternative business model, one in which communities reap the benefits of "going local" in four key spending categories: goods, services, energy, and finance. He argues that despite the endless media coverage of multinational conglomerates, local businesses give more to charity, adapt more easily to rising labor and environmental standards, and produce more wealth for a community. They also spend more locally, thereby increasing community income and creating wealth and jobs. "The Small-Mart Revolution presents a visionary yet practical roadmap for everyone concerned with mitigating the worst of globalization.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

Foreword
Introduction: From Wal-Mart to Small-Mart
The Gathering Gale
Wreckonomics
The LOIS Alternative
Amazing Shrinking Machines
The Small-Mart Patriots
Consumers
Investors
Entrepreneurs
Policymakers
Community Builders
Globalizers
The Fall and Rise of Small-Scale Competitiveness
The Scale of Existing Business by Payroll
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Notes
Index

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