Earth Day, Natural Capitalism, and Lean Thinking
Earth Day is April 22. (Let's stay out of the controversy on whether the real Earth Day is March or April.) I am reminded of a fascinating book Natural Capitalism, Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. The authors argue our world view is the limitation to living in a world economy that doesn't deplete the ecosystem by accounting for resource productivity — doing (much) more with less.
In chapter seven, "muda (waste), Service, and Flow", the authors paraphrase Jim Womack's and Dan Jones' book Lean Thinking. These are some of the best 19 pages on lean thinking that you will find. If you don't buy the book, at least read the chapter over a cup of latte at Barnes and Noble.