In search of a new normal. But not that of the technocrats, who want to "reset" the world to their model, that of the World Economic Forum. The authors advocate a softer new order, a "Beautiful reset". From analyses, confrontational viewpoints, old and new visions of sustainability, they end up with innovative social and technical innovations. Bottom up instead of top down.
This quest takes you from brutal neoliberalism, from earning models based on crises and wars, to an inclusive economy. Past the complementary emotion- and knowledge-based economy views. Along the fallacy that permanence and flux lie on the same x-axis, likewise with the concepts of freedom and security. And to the appalling discovery that Earth is warming up so fast because the cooling system – based on cloud formation, i.e. water – is getting way out of control due to desiccation and desertification. Collateral damage from ill-considered economic action. Follow Jonathan Fonck on his intense journeys into the outer and inner worlds. Outwardly he is the successful top journalist of an economic daily in Amsterdam. See also his inner struggles, victories and defeats. He has been seen, weighed and found fit to provide the world with a new paradigm lest the planet, the life bearing Gaia, remains habitable. Jon is an astute analyst; you can follow him in dialogues, expositions, reflections, lectures and letters, from himself and from the people he meets. His considered views on circular and human scale economics, embedded in an ecology-protecting paradigm, may seem familiar to you. After all, they are so obvious. Parts I and II play out in 2019. Part III, set in 2020 and 2021, offers innovative insights into how an economy, based on think global, act local not only brings ecological salvation, but also returns self-determination over production and consumption to human communities, thanks to new technologies, sustainable transportation and proper education. Actually, the only fictional thing in this thriller is the benevolence with which big money finances small-scale enterprise with a 25-year return horizon. An incentive.
PART I CONFRONTATION: THE BANKERS’ CONGRESS 0 2021. PROLOGUE: ESCAPE FROM CRISIS 1 2019. I’M STRUGGLING... WILL I EVER RISE AGAIN? 2 EXCHANGE OF THOUGHTS 3 IN FREE FALL... AND THEN THERE’S A PARACHUTE 4 A SURPRISING LANDING 5 GENERATION GAP 6 LEAP OF FAITH 7 FLOUNDERING TO KEEP FROM DROWNING 8 RECOGNIZED 9 THE CIRCLE 10 SHOCKING 11 INSIGHTS WITH ESTHER 12 NERDS AND PAW HOOKS 13 ESTHER AGAIN AND A STRANGE INTERVIEW 14 ON THE CUTTING EDGE 15 BYE BYE TO BASEL 16 GLOBAL WARMING 17 REDUCTIONIST VS HOLISTIC 18 SAVED BY ‘LA BELLE’ 19 KICKBACK PART II CONFLICT: ECOLOGY > ECONOMY 1 BACK TO NORMAL AMSTERDAM LEVEL 2 LONDON 3 SUMMERHOUSE - AMSTERDAM V.V. 4 SUMMERHOUSE II - COMING CLOSE 5 EDITORIAL WORK 6 FRANKFURT 7 ESTHER ESCAPES 8 CRISIS WITH ANTON 9 FURTHER JAMMING 10 EMMA’S INITIATION 11 THREE WOMEN 12 DAVOS CIRCLE II 13 THE SECOND DAY 14 THIS DID NOT GO WELL 15 ANGER, PANIC AND NEW ORDER 16 TRACKING IN VERMONT 17 LIBERATION 18 BACK TO AMSTERDAM PART III CRISIS AND NEW WAYS 1 FLIP OUT 2 MIAMI, THE SHIP 3 GROWING TENSIONS 4 BREAKING 5 SAN FRANCISCO, EMMA 6 DISCLOSURES, HOME 7 COHESION 8 LETTERS 9 CRISIS CONSULT 10 SURPRISES, PLEASANT AND UNPLEASANT 11 “NACHT UND NEBEL” 12 GOING HOME 13 ESTHER INCOGNITO 14 OPENLY ON TARGET 15 TO EUROPE 16 HYDROGEN AND FORESTRY 17 DEEPER AND DEEPER 18 WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 19 WORK IS LOVE IN PROGRESS 20 THREATS AND BRIGHT SPOTS 21 WITH MARC 22 WITH ANTON ON CHANGE AGENTS 23 WITH LODI AND VIC ON “ISLANDS OF CHANGE “ 24 MANIFESTO 25 A NEW STRATEGY 26 TEAM 27 BIOMASS SYMPOSIUM 28 THE BIRTH 29 BACK IN THE LOCKDOWN APPENDIX: THE PARLIAMENT OF THINGS EPILOGUE