Book Review & Discussion: Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World

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Restoring happiness, balance, and sanity to our lives and our planet

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In this event, you’ll learn

How the indigenous people of the Easter Island died out

Why the Royal Air Force had to airdrop cats on Borneo

How much of global retail spending goes to the top 10 retailers

The number of credit cards the average person in the US has

How many burgers McDonald’s sells per second and what we can do to get better food in the future

What area we would need to cover to only live off solar energy (it’s not that much)

Two steps towards practicing longer-term thinking

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Jim Brumm has been a writer and editor for over twenty-five years. He has founded and published four magazines, and authored a newspaper column in California’s Napa Valley wine country. He has worked as the staff writer at a Web design firm and at an environmental restoration company. During the 1970s Jim joined the navy and served in submarines where he was put on report for “skylarking,” defined by annoyed officers as “an intolerable lack of seriousness.” Currently he lives in Santa Rosa, California, where he works as a freelance writer and tries his best to adopt a Zen-like attitude when it comes to mowing the lawn. He feeds the birds even when there’s a sign that says “Don’t feed the birds.” He is an award-winning songwriter and performs his original music throughout Sonoma County. He rides a Vespa.


Jim Brumm's Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World focuses on the problems we face today that share a common, rarely discussed theme: a lack of long-term thinking. The book explores examples-past and present-of humanity pursuing short-term gains at the expense of our long-term well being. Topics include energy, debt, consumerism, agriculture and our skewed perceptions of time. "In today's world we are grappling at every turn with an increasing energy shortage, food production systems that struggle to feed increasing millions, environmental problems that threaten our survival, a debt crisis that is crippling individuals and governments, and so much more. All of these problems come with their own unique challenges and examined on their own they may seem completely different from each other, but they share one common, rarely discussed hidden thread that runs through the center of each and binds them together: a lack of long-term thinking. We're very bad long-term thinkers." Jim delivers a message of hope, helping to answer the question, "How can I live my life in a way that brings satisfaction, balance, happiness, and a sense of value? In other words, how can I be part of the solution?" He suggests positive ways to improve our ability to embrace a larger vision of our place in the world. Conversational, provocative, witty and often laugh-aloud funny, Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World will inspire readers who are seeking ways to realign priorities and re-examine what brings true, long-term happiness and sustainability.

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