Living Above the Store
Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community

By Martin Melaver

Living Above the Store
Paperback, 336 pages £7.50
Published: 9th September 2010
ISBN: 9781603582537

Category: BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, POLICY & EDUCATION

The economic crash of late 2008 was just the latest evidence of the truth that many had known for so long: that too much of our modern economy is based on a house of cards. We need businesses that not only factor their impact on people and places into their equations for success but also strive to restore the communities and environments in which they operate. How can this be done?

In Living above the Store, Martin Melaver provides a roadmap for creating such a business. He challenges business owners and managers to move beyond business as usual and create real change.

Living above the Store brings us into the story of Melaver, Inc., an American third-generation, seventy-year-old family real-estate business, as it evolves toward becoming a thought and product leader in sustainable business practices. It is part business-management theory and part case study, showing readers where sustainable principles meet sustainable practices on a day-to-day basis.

Living above the Store demonstrates how to:

  • Adopt a business model that provides for economic success while contributing to society and the environment
  • Shape a business culture that is restorative to a workforce by helping employees realize their highest potential
  • Leverage an ethos within a business that 'ripples outwards' to foster restoration of both land and community
  • Embrace a notion of limits to growth
  • Reframe ideas about competition, proprietary knowledge and business success

Living above the Store is for readers who want to learn more about how a socially responsible business can first redefine, and then find, success.

"Martin Melaver has enlarged the vocabulary of commerce and restored it to a place of honor, a timely gift in an era of disillusionment. You may put it down to absorb what has been written, but you will not forget the stories of courage, the humility of reflection or the import of what has been said, and you will want to read it straight through to the end." - Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce

“Living Above the Store is the right book for these difficult times, when business needs to regain trust. Melaver starts with specific stories of running a family business, sharing successes and failures, frustrations and joys, and then broadens out to illuminate general principles for running a sustainable business. These stories still stick in my mind, long after I have put the book away.” - Marc Gunther, contributing editor, Fortune

"Living Above the Store breaks the mold on business writing. This is a tale of three generations of the Melaver family, the purported end of the world, and the true nature of enterprise. It is a book about the greening of business to be sure, but it is literature first, brilliant disquisitions and narratives that place commerce within the broader context of history, culture, and the cherished human values that bind us together. Martin Melaver has enlarged the vocabulary of commerce and restored it to a place of honor, a timely gift in an era of disillusionment. You may put it down to absorb what has been written, but you will not forget the stories of courage, the humility of reflection or the import of what has been said, and you will want to read it straight through to the end."

- Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce

Living Above the Store is the right book for these difficult times, when business needs to regain trust. Melaver starts with specific stories of running a family business, sharing successes and failures, frustrations and joys, and then broadens out to illuminate general principles for running a sustainable business. These stories still stick in my mind, long after I have put the book away.”

- Marc Gunther, contributing editor, Fortune

"This is a heartwarming and inspiring story of how business ought to be conducted at the intersection of community, common sense, and caring."

- David Orr, author of Design on the Edge and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Stud

Martin Melaver

Martin Melaver has been CEO of Melaver, Inc., since 1992. Never content with the well-trod path, he has a PhD in literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He is actively involved with numerous community organizations in and around Savannah, Georgia. Melaver splits his time between Savannah and Tel Aviv, Israel.



Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781603582537

BIC Code: KJVS, RNU
BISAC Code:  BUS060000, BUS072000
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing


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