Designing Urban Agriculture [EPUB]

Designing Urban Agriculture [EPUB]
Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes by April Philips
2013 | EPUB | 118.74MB

A comprehensive overview of edible landscapes—complete with more than 300 full-color photos and illustrations

Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection of ecology, design, and community. Showcasing projects and designers from around the world who are forging new paths to the sustainable city through urban agriculture landscapes, it creates a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and pave a path to healthier communities and environments.

This full-color guide begins with a foundation of ecological principles and the idea that the food shed is part of a city's urban systems network. It outlines a design process based on systems thinking and developed for a lifecycle or regenerative-based approach. It also presents strategies, tools, and guidelines that enable informed decisions on planning, designing, budgeting, constructing, maintaining, marketing, and increasing the sustainability of this re-invented cityscape. Case studies demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social value of these landscapes and reveal paths to a greener and healthier urban environment.

This unique and indispensable guide:

  • Details how to plan, design, fund, construct, and leverage the sustainability aspects of the edible landscape typology
  • Covers over a dozen typologies including community gardens, urban farms, edible estates, green roofs and vertical walls, edible school yards, seed to table, food landscapes within parks, plazas, streetscapes and green infrastructure systems and more
  • Explains how to design regenerative edible landscapes that benefit both community and ecology and explores the connections between food, policy, and planning that promote viable food shed systems for more resilient communities
  • Examines the integration of management, maintenance, and operations issues
  • Reveals how to create a business model enterprise that addresses a lifecycle approac

Sustainability: A History [EPUB]

Sustainability: A History [EPUB]
Sustainability: A History by Jeremy L Caradonna
2014 | EPUB | 458.29KB

The word is nearly ubiquitous: at the grocery store we shop for "sustainable foods" that were produced from "sustainable agriculture"; groups ranging from small advocacy organizations to city and state governments to the United Nations tout "sustainable development" as a strategy for local and global stability; and woe betide the city-dweller who doesn't aim for a "sustainable lifestyle." Seeming to have come out of nowhere to dominate the discussion-from permaculture to renewable energy to the local food movement-the ideas that underlie and define sustainability can be traced back several centuries.

In this illuminating and fascinating primer, Jeremy L. Caradonna does just that, approaching sustainability from a historical perspective and revealing the conditions that gave it shape. Locating the underpinnings of the movement as far back as the 1660s, Caradonna considers the origins of sustainability across many fields throughout Europe and North America. Taking us from the emergence of thoughts guiding sustainable yield forestry in the late 17th and 18th centuries, through the challenges of the Industrial Revolution, the birth of the environmental movement, and the emergence of a concrete effort to promote a balanced approach to development in the latter half of the 20th century, he shows that while sustainability draws upon ideas of social justice, ecological economics, and environmental conservation, it is more than the sum of its parts and blends these ideas together into a dynamic philosophy.

Caradonna's unique and concise history broadens our understanding of what "sustainability" means, revealing how it progressed from a relatively marginal concept to an ideal that shapes everything from individual lifestyles, government and corporate strategies, and even national and international policy. For anyone seeking understand the history of those striving to make the world a better place to live, here's a place to start.

Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip [EPUB]

Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip [EPUB]
Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip by Jim Rogers
2003 | EPUB | 4.1MB

The bestselling author of Investment Biker is back from the ultimate road trip: a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness record for the longest continuous car journey. In Adventure Capitalist, legendary investor Jim Rogers, dubbed “the Indiana Jones of finance” by Time magazine, proves that the best way to profit from the global situation is to see the world mile by mile. “While I have never patronized a prostitute,” he writes, “I know that one can learn more about a country from speaking to the madam of a brothel or a black marketeer than from meeting a foreign minister.”

Behind the wheel of a sunburst-yellow, custom-built convertible Mercedes, Rogers and his fiancée, Paige Parker, began their “Millennium Adventure” on January 1, 1999, from Iceland. They traveled through 116 countries, including many where most have rarely ventured, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Angola, Sudan, Congo, Colombia, and East Timor. They drove through war zones, deserts, jungles, epidemics, and blizzards. They had many narrow escapes.

They camped with nomads and camels in the western Sahara. They ate silkworms, iguanas, snakes, termites, guinea pigs, porcupines, crocodiles, and grasshoppers.

Best of all, they saw the real world from the ground up—the only vantage point from which it can be truly understood—economically, politically, and socially.

Here are just a few of the author’s conclusions:

  • The new commodity bull market has started.
  • The twenty-first century will belong to China.
  • There is a dramatic shortage of women developing in Asia.
  • Pakistan is on the verge of disintegrating.
  • India, like many other large nations, will break into several countries.
  • The Euro is doomed to fail.
  • There are fortunes to be made in Angola.
  • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are a scam.
  • Bolivia is a comer after decades of instability, thanks to gigantic amounts of natural gas.

Adventure Capitalist is the most opinionated, sprawling, adventurous journey you’re likely to take within the pages of a book—the perfect read for armchair adventurers, global investors, car enthusiasts, and anyone interested in seeing the world and understanding it as it really is.

Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers [EPUB]

Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers [EPUB]
Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers by Jim Rogers
2011 | EPUB |

Legendary investor Jim Rogers gives us his view of the world on a twenty-two-month, fifty-two-country motorcycle odyssey in his bestselling business/adventure book, Investment Biker, which has already sold more than 200,000 copies.

Before you invest another dollar anywhere in the world (including the United States), read this book by the man Time magazine calls “the Indiana Jones of finance.”

Jim Rogers became a Wall Street legend when he co-founded the Quantum Fund. Investment Biker is the fascinating story of Rogers’s global motorcycle journey/investing trip, with hardheaded advice on the current state and future direction of international economies that will guide and inspire investors interested in foreign markets.

Shooter's Bible Guide to Extreme Iron [EPUB]

Shooter's Bible Guide to Extreme Iron [EPUB]
Shooter's Bible Guide to Extreme Iron: An Illustrated Reference to Some of the World’s Most Powerful Weapons, from Hand Cannons to Field Artillery by Stan Skinner
2014 | EPUB | 32.01MB

The Shooter’s Bible is the most trusted guide to firearms in the industry. Now, for the first time, extreme weapons are given a chance to show what they can do. Shooter’s Bible Guide to Extreme Iron is a comprehensive collection of all of the most extreme guns and cannons both in history and in the present. With poetic and flowing prose, author Stan Skinner provides information for awe-inspiring weapons, such as:

  • Hand cannons, also known as “howdah pistols,” which were used on the Indian subcontinent by tiger hunters on elephants’ backs and today roar and thunder with power rarely seen in a handgun
  • Ultra big bore snipers, the roots of which reach back to the Revolutionary War and the Kentucky rifle
  • Gatling guns, a hand-cranked, rapid-fire gun invented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861, a modern version of which is powered by an electric motor and has a four thousand–round-per-minute cyclic rate
  • Muzzle-loading, smoothbore cannons, cast in bronze and iron, which dominated land and sea warfare until they were made obsolete by rifle Parrott guns and breech-loading cannons in the Civil War
  • And much more!

Get fired up with the powerful weapons included in this addition to the Shooter’s Bible. Including historical facts and modern versions, this book is essential to any shooter’s collection.

Big Data Analytics: Disruptive Technologies for Changing the Game [EPUB]

Big Data Analytics: Disruptive Technologies for Changing the Game [EPUB]
Big Data Analytics: Disruptive Technologies for Changing the Game by Arvind Sathi
2014 | EPUB | 2.82MB

Bringing a practitioner’s view to big data analytics, this work examines the drivers behind big data, postulates a set of use cases, identifies sets of solution components, and recommends various implementation approaches. This work also addresses and thoroughly answers key questions on this emerging topic, including

  • What is big data and how is it being used?
  • How can strategic plans for big data analytics be generated?
  • How does big data change analytics architecture?

The author, who has more than 20 years of experience in information management architecture and delivery, has drawn the material from a large breadth of workshops and interviews with business and information technology leaders, providing readers with the latest in evolutionary, revolutionary, and hybrid methodologies of moving forward to the brave new world of big data.

The Crowd Funding Services Handbook [EPUB]

The Crowd Funding Services Handbook [EPUB]
The Crowd Funding Services Handbook: Raising the Money You Need to Fund Your Business, Project, or Invention by Jason R Rich
2014 | EPUB | 605.91KB

Crowdsource funding is the new way to finance start-ups in a networked world

Entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, artisans, or those who merely have a good idea for a business venture have a new and attainable means of securing capital to grow their dreams. Gone are the days when the only options to raise funds for a new business were venture capitalists, angel investors, or Wall Street. Web-based crowdfunding services are now plentiful and offer a variety of options for the aspiring entrepreneur. However, these services are not typically as well-understood as the more traditional means of raising capital.

In The Crowd Funding Services Handbook, author Jason R. Rich offers a step-by-step overview of the various crowdsource funding services available on the Web, as well as the necessary documentation required to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign.

  • Contains details on how to evaluate and select the best online platform for crowdfunding efforts
  • Provides details on creating a business plan to the specifications require to raise capital via crowdfunding
  • Provides an overview of the financial projections that will be required for a crowdfunding initiative
  • Proposes a specific approach to creating a "pitch video" to succeed with a crowdsource funding campaign

The Crowdsource Funding Services Handbook is a thorough, well-developed resource for those seeking to raise capital to start a business or fund the development of an innovative idea. Author and crowdfunding expert Jason R. Rich provides this definitive, hands-on guide to raising capital in the new economy.

The Customer-Funded Business [EPUB]

The Customer-Funded Business [EPUB]
The Customer-Funded Business: Start, Finance, or Grow Your Company with Your Customers' Cash by John Mullins
2014 | EPUB | 903.23KB

Who needs investors?

More than two generations ago, the venture capital community – VCs, business angels, incubators and others – convinced the entrepreneurial world that writing business plans and raising venture capital constituted the twin centerpieces of entrepreneurial endeavor. They did so for good reasons: the sometimes astonishing returns they've delivered to their investors and the astonishingly large companies that their ecosystem has created.

But the vast majority of fast-growing companies never take any venture capital. So where does the money come from to start and grow their companies? From a much more agreeable and hospitable source, their customers. That's exactly what Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Banana Republic's Mel and Patricia Ziegler did to get their companies up and running and turn them into iconic brands.

In The Customer Funded Business, best-selling author John Mullins uncovers five novel approaches that scrappy and innovative 21st century entrepreneurs working in companies large and small have ingeniously adapted from their predecessors like Dell, Gates, and the Zieglers:

  • Matchmaker models (Airbnb)
  • Pay-in-advance models (Threadless)
  • Subscription models (TutorVista)
  • Scarcity models (Vente Privee)
  • Service-to-product models (GoViral)

Through the captivating stories of these and other inspiring companies from around the world, Mullins brings to life the five models and identifies the questions that angel or other investors will – and should! – ask of entrepreneurs or corporate innovators seeking to apply them. Drawing on in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs and investors who have actually put these models to use, Mullins goes on to address the key implementation issues that characterize each of the models: when to apply them, how best to apply them, and the pitfalls to watch out for.

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur lacking the start-up capital you need, an early-stage entrepreneur trying to get your cash-starved venture into take-off mode, an intrapreneur seeking funding within an established company, or an angel investor or mentor who supports high-potential ventures, this book offers the most sure-footed path to starting, financing, or growing your venture.

Resource Revolution [EPUB]

Resource Revolution [EPUB]
Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century by Stefan Heck, Matt Rogers, Paul Carroll
2014 | EPUB | 6.39MB

What do shale gas, Elon Musk’s Tesla, and the global apparel chain Zara share in common? In Resource Revolution, management experts Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers describe how each in its own way exemplifies a resource revolution—a use of natural resources so effective it defies conventional wisdom and enables breakthrough performance where others see only limits and shortcomings.

Resource Revolution shows how to take what is being seen as a worldwide crisis and turn it into the biggest business opportunity of the past one hundred years. The rapid urbanization of a new 2.5-billion-person middle class in Asia will create an unprecedented demand for oil, steel, land, food, water, cement, and other commodities over the next two decades. Heck and Rogers explore the ways in which innovators, including start-ups and global leaders from Cree to GE, have answered the challenge with practical steps to guide managers everywhere.

The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s [EPUB]

The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s [EPUB]
The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s by John Brooks
2014 | EPUB | 727.17KB

A humorous and keen look at the roller-coaster boom and bust of the 1960s and 1970s by the New York Times–bestselling author of Business Adventures

John Brooks blends humor and astute analysis in this tale of the staggering “go-go” growth of the 1960s stock market and the ensuing crashes of the 1970s. Swiftly rising stocks promised fast money to investors, and voracious cupidity drove the market. But the bull market couldn’t last forever, and the fall was just as staggering as the ascent.

Including the astounding story of H. Ross Perot’s loss of $450 million in one day; the tale of America’s “Last Gatsby,” Eddie Gilbert; and the account of financier Saul Steinberg’s failed grab for Chemical Bank, this book is replete with hallmark financial acumen and vivid storytelling. A classic of business history, The Go-Go Years provides John Brooks’s signature insight into the events of yesteryear and stands the test of time.

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938 [EPUB]

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938 [EPUB]
Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938 by John Brooks
2014 | EPUB | 565.51KB

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Business Adventures comes the chronicle of the stock market crash of 1929 and its aftermath

Legend had it that anyone who passed through Golconda, a city in southern India, attained tremendous wealth. But Golconda, now in ruins, ran out of riches, and its glory vanished forever. Some have painted a similar picture of Wall Street between the two world wars. But there is more to the story of the bull market of the 1920s and the ensuing economic devastation that befell the United States.

In fascinating detail, distinguished journalist John Brooks recounts the euphoric financial climb of the twenties as well as the vertiginous crash of 1929. From the heady days of economic prosperity to the sobering time after the collapse, Brooks’s rendering of this tale of vast fortune and then tragic misfortune is both dramatic and percipient. Profiling some of the era’s most famous—and infamous—bankers, traders, and hucksters, Brooks gives a stunning and colorful account of this period of boom and bust.

Turing's Legacy: Developments from Turing's Ideas in Logic [PDF]

Turing's Legacy: Developments from Turing's Ideas in Logic [PDF]
Turing's Legacy: Developments from Turing's Ideas in Logic edited by Rod Downey
2014 | PDF | 5.87MB

Alan Turing was an inspirational figure who is now recognised as a genius of modern mathematics. In addition to leading the Allied forces' code-breaking effort at Bletchley Park in World War II, he proposed the theoretical foundations of modern computing and anticipated developments in areas from information theory to computer chess. His ideas have been extraordinarily influential in modern mathematics and this book traces such developments by bringing together essays by leading experts in logic, artificial intelligence, computability theory and related areas. Together, they give insight into this fascinating man, the development of modern logic, and the history of ideas.

The articles within cover a diverse selection of topics, such as the development of formal proof, differing views on the Church-Turing thesis, the development of combinatorial group theory, and Turing's work on randomness which foresaw the ideas of algorithmic randomness that would emerge many years later.

The Economist Audio Edition [September 6, 2014]

The Economist Audio Edition [September 6, 2014]
The Economist Audio Edition [September 6, 2014]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 184.74MB

The Long Game

  • The Struggle for Hong Kong
  • Marina Silva, Brazil's next leader?
  • Why wages aren't rising
  • Googlephobia in Germany
  • All work and no pay: the intern boom

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.