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Sustainability through soccer : an unexpected approach to saving our world

Leidy Klotz (Author)
"In the quest for sustainability, we strive to meet our present needs without sacrificing the same opportunity for future generations. Our success or failure depends on our ability to think in 'systems, ' integrating environmental, social, and economic considerations. But how do we learn systems-thinking? In a series of engaging, rapid-fire stories, Sustainability through Soccer takes readers on a journey through a progression of systems-thinking and sustainability concepts. Using the beautiful game of soccer as an analogy, Leidy Klotz illuminates real-world interdependencies (such as between climate change and human rights), building the chain of concepts in a fun, accessible way. Soccer nerds and newbies alike will be entertained on the way to a deeper understanding of sustainability science"--Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2016
University of California Press, Oakland, California, 2016
xii, 182 pages ; 24 cm
9780520287808, 9780520287815, 0520287800, 0520287819
On sustainability, what soccer and systems-thinking have to do with it, and how I'm qualified to explain
My Delayed Epiphany about Sustainability
Why Soccer? Socrates Has Our Answer
The Black Panther and the Sacred Monster
Systems-Thinking for Sustainability
Why Me? An Autobiography in Less Than Twelve Hundred Words
How to Use This Book
Systems-thinking is the guide for our sustainability quest, and systems are made up of some basic parts: elements, flows, stocks, feedback loops, and purposes
Maputo and the Sacred Monster
Overview: System Parts
People and Players
System Elements
Floating Jabulanis and the River of Grass
Overlooked System Elements
"Remember Istanbul" and the Cross Bronx Expressway
Physical Flows
Smoking Managers and Electric-Bill Peer Pressure
Information Flows
Porto/Chelsea and a Russian "Oil" garch
Obsessive Shooting Practice and Population Bombs
Feedback Loops
Falling Balls in Baltimore and Happy Bhutanese
Our approach to sustainability depends on how we define our system boundaries. What must we consider? What can we leave out? And what can we reasonably infer from the perspective we define?
From Droughts to Floods in Maputo and Captain Sacred Monster
Overview: System Boundaries
"El Loco" Higuita and the Nine-Dots Puzzle
Space Boundaries
Glory-Days, Sour Grapes, and Seven Generations
Time Frames
A Bent-Legged Angel and Sustainable Hamburgers
Level of Detail
Icelandic Volcanoes and the Best Team Ever
Inputs and Outputs
Greece vs. Europe and Ehrlich vs. Simon
Insight, Not Clairvoyance
With parts and boundaries defined, we can detect system-level behaviors and discover how they affect sustainability
A United Nations Report and the Sacred Monster's Broken Nose
Overview: System Behaviors
The Worst Game Ever and Martin Luther King Jr. as an Environmentalist
Pickup Games and Hungry Ants
Mayan Ball Games and Chimpanzees
Unfair Goals and Lewis's Lizard
Zidane and Disappearing Ice
Threshold Crossing
To evaluate sustainability in our systems, and check our progress, there are properties to consider and methods to apply
Mozambique's Civil War and Portugal's Best World Cup
Overview: Evaluating Sustainability
Lampard and Me, Highways and Railroads
Path Dependence
Panenka's Gift and New Jersey Dune Grass
Argentine Defenders and Unsuicidal Lemmings
Carrying Capacities
My Missed Penalty and a Stern Review
Barbosa, Bigode, and the Choice to Eat Dirt
The Five Whys
Footprints of the World Cup
Life-Cycle Assessment
Once we've defined and evaluated our systems, we're ready to create systems that are more sustainable
Trees in Maputo and the Sacred Monster in Amsterdam
Overview: Creating Sustainable Systems
False-Brooding Runs and Wind Turbines
Soccer-Shirt Quilts and the Recycling Distraction
Closing Loops
The Goalkeeper Pick Trick and Irish Lumpers
"Los Galacticos" and New England Lobstermen
The Fan Who Scored for West Ham and Divestment
"Take the Piss" and "Let Them Eat Cake"
Fixing Inequality
Breakaways, Pass-Backs, and My Repurposed Office