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    We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: poverty  human 
     
    A local company has more accountability.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: company 
     
    How is it that we have created an economic system that tells us it is cheaper to destroy the earth and exhaust its people than to nurture them both? Is it rational to have an pricing system which discounts the future and sells off the past? How did we create an economic system that confused capital liquidation with income?
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: people  future  earth  economics  sell 
     
    I'd rather fail at something important than succeed at something trivial.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: fail 
     
    We subsidize the disposal of waste in all its myriad forms - from landfills, to Superfund cleanups, to deep-well injection, to storage of nuclear waste. In the process, we encourage an economy where 80 percent of what we consume gets thrown away after one use.
    — Paul Hawken
    Only caring individuals can restore the places we inhabit. The 'simple act of planting a tree' not only restores the places we live, but makes us whole and powerful again.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: live  powerful 
     
    We have an economy that tells us it is cheaper to destroy earth in real time rather than renew, restore, and sustain it. You can print money to bail out a bank but you can't print life to bail out a planet.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: time  earth  real  renew  money 
     
    If they [companies] believe they are in business to serve people, to help solve problems, to use and employ the ingenuity of their workers to improve the lives of people around them by learning from the nature that gives us life, we have a chance.
    — Paul Hawken
    Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations. It can also be expressed in the simple terms of an economic golden rule for the restorative economy: Leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life or the environment, make amends if you do.
    — Paul Hawken
    The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: rules 
     
    Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: time  economics 
     
    his planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don't poison the water, soil, or air, don't let the earth get overcrowded, and don't touch the thermostat have been broken.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: earth  broken  rules  water 
     
    Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: people  impossible 
     
    My advice for people is to love the world they are in, in whatever way makes sense to them. It may be a devotional practice, it may be song or poetry, it may be by gardening, it may be as an activist, scientist, or community leader. The path to restoration extends from our heart to the heart of sentient beings, and that path will be different for every person.
    — Paul Hawken
    Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night, and we watch television.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: world  sleep  star  night  god  religious  year 
     
    The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: future 
     
    Business is the only mechanism on the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global environments and social degradation.
    — Paul Hawken
    What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.
    — Paul Hawken
    All is connected ... no one thing can change by itself.
    — Paul Hawken
    When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: people  live  future  earth  poor 
     
    Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: work  problem  management 
     
    Information from destructive activities going back a hundred years right up until today is being incorporated into the system. And as that happens the underlying framework of industrialism is collapsing and causing disintegration.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: right  year 
     
    You can blame people who knock things over in the dark or you can begin to light candles. You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: people  dark  problem 
     
    If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change - even though they don't really know what they're trying to prevent - then you can get pessimistic.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: focus 
     
    We need to revise our economic thinking to give full value to our natural resources. This revised economics will stabilize both the theory and the practice of free-market capitalism. It will provide business and public policy with a powerful new tool for economic development, profitability, and the promotion of the public good.
    — Paul Hawken
    That appropriation of resources and the transformation of them into goods and services through the European production system characterized, and characterizes to this day, all industrial systems including the information age.
    — Paul Hawken
    What a great time to be born! What a great time to be alive! Because this generation gets to essentially completely change the world.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: time  world 
     
    We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward increasing the productivity of our natural capital - the resource systems upon which we depend to live - instead of our human capital.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: live  human  path 
     
    We assume that everything's becoming more efficient, and in an immediate sense that's true; our lives are better in many ways. But that improvement has been gained through a massively inefficient use of natural resources.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: live  improvement 
     
    Luck is earned. Luck is working so hard at your craft, service or enterprise that sooner or later you get a break.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: service  luck  craft 
     
    We are the only species on this planet without full employment.
    — Paul Hawken
    The generations before you failed. They didn't stay up all night. They got distracted and lost sight of the fact that life is a miracle every moment of your existence. Nature beckons you to be on her side. You couldn't ask for a better boss. The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense when it doesn't make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.
    — Paul Hawken
    Being a good human being is good business.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: human  business 
     
    I think an old style of addressing environmental problems is ebbing, but the rise of the so-called conservative, political movement in this country is not a trend towards the future but a reaction to this very broad shift that we are undergoing.
    — Paul Hawken
    It costs the same to send a person to prison or to Harvard. The difference is the curriculum.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: people  prison 
     
    The bottom line is down where it belongs - at the bottom.
    — Paul Hawken
    First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.
    — Paul Hawken
    Being in business is not about making money. It is a way to become who you are.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: business  money 
     
    The promise of business is to increase the general well-being of humankind through service, a creative invention and ethical philosophy.
    — Paul Hawken
    We are losing our living systems, social systems, cultural systems, governing systems, stability, and our constitutional health, and we're surrendering it all at the same time.
    — Paul Hawken
    tags: health  time  living 
     
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