Across the world, in an ever-growing number of cities, people are starting to rise up against a global financial cabal that has, essentially, bought governments and left economies in tatters. Debt-stricken European countries are witnessing demonstrations from angry citizens as their economies crumble and pundits discuss how long it will take for neighbouring nations to follow suit. These protestors may not clearly understand the roots of the economic problems, nor be able to articulate solutions. But they know one thing: their lives have been radically changed, for the worse, by an unsustainable financial paradigm.
In Occupy World Street, Ross Jackson delivers one of the most incisive, clear descriptions of the global financial practices that have driven economies to the brink of collapse. He also puts forth a compelling, detailed plan to let sovereign nations regain control of their economies, reorganise global trade alliances on a more human scale, and gradually phase out global institutions that have wreaked havoc, replacing them with institutions that support sustainable economies, uphold human rights and respect environmental standards.
In essence, Jackson has done what few others have dared to do: constructed a specific, implementable plan to reorganise the way world economies work. It’s a plan that, according to sustainable economics pioneer Hazel Henderson, “has the potential to unite hundreds of NGOs and millions of ordinary citizens in the streets behind a single simple proposal that could change the current dysfunctional game."
See Ross talk about his book and ideas in his RSA talk from March 2012
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“Many writers have inventoried the unfolding disasters that threaten the human future. Ross Jackson is one of the very few who go on to spell out a visionary, yet practical, program of sufficient ambition to achieve a positive future. Best of all, he draws on his distinctive experience and credentials as a global currency trader to outline sound proposals for redesigning the badly flawed systems of global trade and finance that currently drive the world toward economic, social, and environmental collapse. This is a truly important book.”
- David Korten - cofounder of YES! magazine, author of Agenda for a New Economy
“Occupy World Street is a masterpiece that deserves to get wide circulation and commitment by world leaders. Never has the kind of ‘breakaway’ Ross Jackson envisages been more necessary to our prospects for survival.”
- Maurice Strong - Secretary-General of the UN Earth Summit, Rio 1992
“Ross Jackson’s proposal for post-collapse strategy is the first plausible, constructive scenario I have seen. An excellent text. Even amazing.”
- Dennis Meadows - author of The Limits to Growth
" The Occupy movement has captured imaginations and support around the world and I hope this book does the same – it is a timely analysis of the extent to which global economics has got its priorities wrong and, crucially, offers powerful and radical alternatives. Anyone who cares about social or environmental justice should get their hands on a copy and use it to change the world."
- Caroline Lucas - MP
"The Occupy World Street initiative has the potential to unite hundreds of NGOs and millions of ordinary citizens in the streets behind a single simple proposal that could change the current dysfunctional game."
- Hazel Henderson - author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy
"Ross Jackson has been both a successful financier and an inspirational grassroots innovator. This new book brings his wealth of experience to bear in a powerful and pragmatic response to our social, ecological and economic malaise."
- Helena Norberg-Hodge - author of Ancient Futures
"If you have seen the Occupy Wall Streeters but can't quite fathom either what they are trying to say or how they might actually succeed, Ross Jackson has something to tell you."
- Albert Bates - author of The Biochar Solution
"Ross Jackson has written the definitive analysis of why the current system cannot reform itself and why a completely new system must be born."
- Jim Garrison - Chairman and President, State of the World Forum
"Occupy World Street! is a monumental and inspirational call to action -- and a long-awaited blueprint for how the actions should be implemented."
- John Perkins - author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman
Ross Jackson was born in Canada, where he studied Engineering Physics as an undergraduate, which was followed by a Master’s degree in Industrial Management at Purdue University, USA, then a PhD in Operations Research – the science of problem-solving – at Case Western Reserve University, USA. He has for many years been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. His business career has been as an independent IT consultant and software designer, specialising in international finance. In 1971 he co-founded Simcorp, which is now a leading global financial software company and listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange. In 1988 he founded the first international hedge fund dealing exclusively with interbank currency trading. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based charitable entity, co-founded by him in 1987 to promote a more sustainable and spiritual world. The Trust has financed hundreds of sustainability projects in over 30 countries as well as several ‘green’ startups in Denmark, and continues to support two major international NGO initiatives – the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education.
Jackson has lived in Denmark since 1964, and became a Danish citizen in 1972. His current business interests include Urtekram, the leading organic foods wholesaler in Scandinavia, of which he is the director and major shareholder. He lives with his Danish wife Hildur on an organic farm near Copenhagen. He is the author of a number of books, including And We ARE Doing It: Building an ecovillage future, and is co-editor of When No Means Yes: Danish visions of a different Europe and Gaian Economics: Living well within planetary limits.