Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making

By Alan Savory- 644 pages - 1988 (1998)
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"This work shows that on the most fundamental level, environmental problems are cuased by human management decisions rather than the commonly blamed culprits of environmental degradation, overpopulation, poor farming practices and lack of financial support. In considering humans, their economies and the environment as inseparable, the holistic management approach is intended as a revolutionary decision-making framework. It has been practised by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land, and the book is aimed at anyone involved with any form of environmental and resource management who is seeking to make better decisions." (from Amazon)
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Table of Content

  • Part I : Introduction
    • Changing the Way We Make Decisions 3
  • Part II : Four Key Insights
    • The Power of Paradigms 13
    • The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts 17
    • Viewing Environments a Whole New Way 28
    • The PredatorPrey Connection 37
    • Timing is Everything 41
    • A New Framework for Management 50
  • Part III : The Power Lies in the Holistic Goal
    • Defining the Whole: What Are You Managing? 59
    • Forming a Holistic Goal : What Is It You Really Want 67
    • Developing a Sense of Ownership : Are You Sure Thats What You Really Want 86
  • Part IV : The Ecosystem That Sustains Us All
    • The Four Fundamental Processes That Drive Our Ecosystem 101
    • Water Cycle: The Circulation of Civilization's Life Blood 104
    • Community Dynamics: The Ever-Changing Patterns in the Development of Living Communities 120
    • Mineral Cycle: The Circulation of Life-Sustaining Nutrients 141
    • Energy Flow: The Flow of Fuel That Animates All Life 149
  • Part V : The Tools We Use to Manage Our Ecosystem
    • From Stone Age Spears to Genetic Engineering 167
    • Money and Labor: One or Both of These Tools Is Always Required 171
    • Human Creativity: Key to Using All Tools Effectively 178
    • Fire: The Most Ancient Tool 182
    • Rest: The Most Misunderstood Tool 195
    • Grazing: The Most Abused Tool 216
    • Animal Impact:The Least Used Tool Living Organisms: The Most Complex Tool 250
    • Technology: The Most Used Tool 258
  • Part VI : Testing Your Decisions
    • Making Economically Environmentally and Socially Sound Decisions 267
    • Cause and Effect: Stop the Blows to Your Head Before You Take the Aspirin 273
    • Weak Link: The Strength of a Chain Is That of Its Weakest Link 284
    • Marginal Reaction: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck 294
    • Gross Profit Analysis: Bringing in the Most Money for the Least Additional Cost 302
    • Energy and Money: Using the Most Appropriate Forms in the Most Constructive Way 310
    • Sustainability: Generating Lasting Wealth 316
    • Society and Culture: Personal Values and Social Responsibility 326
  • Part VII : Completing the Feedback Loop 33
    • Monitoring Your Plans and Keeping on Track335
    • Part VIIISome Practical Guidelines for Management 34
    • Lessons Learned in Practice 345
    • Learning and Practice: Shifting Your Paradigms348
    • Organization and Leadership: Creating an Environment That Nurtures Creativity 359
    • Marketing: Developing a Strategy in Line with Your Holistic Goal 368
    • Time:When to Expose and Reexpose Plants and Soils to Animals 378
    • Stock Density and Herd Effect: Using Animals to Shape the Landscape 396
    • Cropping: Practices That More Closely Mimic Nature 413
    • Burning: When and How to Burn, and What to Do Before and After 430
    • Population Management: Look to Age Structure Rather Than Numbers, Diversity Rather Than Single Species 439
  • Part IX : Planning Procedures Unique to Holistic Management
    • Departing from the Conventional459
    • Holistic Financial Planning: Creating the Financial Roadmap to Your Holistic Goal 463
    • Holistic Land Planning: Developing Infrastructure on Large Tracts of Land 486
    • Holistic Grazing Planning: Getting Animals to the Right Place, at the Right Time, and for the Right Reasons 501
  • Part X : New Perspectives
    • Expanding the Uses of the Holistic Management Model 527
    • Diagnosing the Cause of Problems529
    • Making Research Relevant 538
    • Creating Sound Policies 545
  • Part XI : Conclusion
  • Changing Course: Creating the Future We Want 559
  • About the Center for Holistic Management 617

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