Imagine Non-Profit Society: Utopia or Necessity

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The book can be considered as a guideline to a better, more just and stable society. Professor Sašo Tomažič writes to speak to us on a high plane of enthusiasm but in a simple language about many of the globally pertinent themes: productiveness and unemployment, the profit-generating capital and the crises it procures non-stop, be it in the human or the environmental sphere. More
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About Sašo Tomažič

Saso Tomažič received the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana in 1991. Since 2002, he is a full professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana. He is the head of the Laboratory of Information Technologies and the head of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies. He was an adviser for information and telecommunications system at Ministry of Educational System and Sport from 1992 to 1998, a member of Strategic Council at Ministry of Defiance from 1999 to 2000, and the national coordinator of research in the field of telecommunications at Ministry of Educational System and Sport from 2000 to 2003. His research interests include ICT, signal processing, information theory, data mining and knowledge discovery, and sensors. He has authored and/or coauthored 5 textbooks, 10 chapters in research monographs, and more than 200 journal and conference papers. He was an associate editor of Electrotechnical Review and he is currently the chief editor of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Publisher. He was leading researcher of 15 R&D projects and he is the head of research program Algorithms and Optimization Methods in Telecommunications, which is one of two research programs every time named among the best research programs in Slovenia. Since 2006 his interest is in improving society for better quality of life for all humanity.

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Review by: Ippokratis Anastasiadis on May 11, 2017 :
In a very short and simply written text Sašo Tomažič manages to, not only count up many of the intrinsic failures and future challenges of our current socio-economic systems in the first part, but also, in the second part, to give inspiring relative information as well as comprehensible, hands-on advice on how to remedy those short-comings. His approach clearly favours evolution to revolution and uniquely inspires optimism rather than disbursing blame.
Those, who will read "Imagine" and judge it as pointless dreaming, should consider the following lines of Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin:
"The animal species, in which individual struggle has been reduced to its narrowest limits, and the practice of mutual aid has attained the greatest development, are invariably the most numerous, the most prosperous, and the most open to further progress. The mutual protection which is obtained in this case, the possibility of attaining old age and of accumulating experience, the higher intellectual development, and the further growth of sociable habits, secure the maintenance of the species, its extension, and its further progressive evolution. The unsociable species, on the contrary, are doomed to decay."
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
Review by: paulg123 on April 18, 2017 :
“Imagine - Non-Profit Society: Utopia or Necessity” by Sašo Tomažič provokes thought about our socio-economic system by challenging commonly held views and by suggesting alternatives.

The book is written to appeal to a wide range of people.

• It is only about 60 pages in length and is divided into 22 chapters.
• It is written in a way that can be understood easily by most adults.
• Readers do not need prior knowledge – all they need is an open mind and a willingness to think.

The first 14 chapters of the book are devoted to critically examining our current system.

The following 8 chapters put forward ideas about an alternative system.

The value of this book lies in the issues that it raises – things that we each may see and yet not really notice or question because we take them for granted.

This is important because if we – as society - do not take an interest in such things then our system will evolve in a way that suits other people whose interests need not be the same as ours. Indeed, society tends not to evolve randomly, but change is typically driven by those with the greatest power and the greatest conflict of interest. This bias tends to lead to an erosion of the quality of life for most people and ultimately the collapse of the society either by revolution or other causes.

As individuals most of us lack the power to change the world we live in, but as individuals we can help to raise collective consciousness of those around us. By doing this we can influence the world.

The alternative is to ignore the forces that drive evolution of our socio-economic system and accept our current trajectory, but before making a decision please take time to consider our progress over the last few decades and consider how things may be in another few decades.

The book finishes with optimism in the hope that books such as this stimulate discussion that will lead to new ideas and better solutions and a better future.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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