© Lewis J. Perelman, 2012
In The Global Mind: Beyond the Limits to Growth, Lewis J. Perelman theorizes that the establishment has failed to realize that the ecological crisis is not a crisis of things, but of ideas. Modern industrial/technological civilization has been structured on a foundation of bad ideas, and the attendant errors are just now manifesting themselves. The result is a crisis of crises―energy, food, fiscal, and so on.
It is time to go beyond arguing about limits to growth, and instead work on developing sustainable systems for social and economic advancement.
The biosphere, the web of life that envelops the the earth, must be viewed as
a mental system: a global mind. Ecological crisis is the breakdown of that mind―a
result of ill-
“…one of the best scientific/technical books of the year.”
‒ Library Journal
“Perelman makes a strong case…. [The book] raises several important questions that educators and students should carefully examine.”
‒ Godfrey Roberts, AAAS Science Books & Films
“The emergence of a new ‘ecology of Mind,’ according to Lewis J. Perelman, requires an abandonment of our ‘obsolete selves,’ a ‘reduction of the scope of the conscious self,’ and a repudiation of the ‘conceptual separation of man from nature.’”
‒ Christopher Lasch, The Minimal Self
“...Perelman attempts both to reflect the cultural evolution that is already upon
us, and to guide that evolution along paths that he thinks can lead to survival and
possibly even a new―’ecotopian’―state of well-
‒ Robert C Schultz, Educational Studies
“…[T]his book provides a fair introduction to the radically altered world view which
traces "ecocrisis" to a fatal flaw in epistemology, the structure of our knowing,
and which re-
‒ Kirkus Reviews
In public policy and private management, America hungers for new ideas. Of the new
ideas that have percolated into the agenda of public debate in recent days, I can
think of none more provocative, more innovative, or more important than Lew Perelman's
vision of the "learning enterprise." Its central concept is a stirring challenge
to conventional wisdom: Learning is the key capital-
Perhaps what most distinguishes this report…is Perelman’s urgent concern for
the costs as well as the benefits of training and education…. To meet the needs of
an increasingly knowledge-
...[T]his is a milestone statement in the national debate swirling about work and learning, and about education and the economy. I believe Perelman's concept of the learning enterprise will force a basic change in the terms of this debate. His report is destined to be controversial. But the new ideas it offers are just what America needs today.
‒ Pat Choate, from the Introduction
Perelman's argument is right on target: the adult learning sector of the economy deserves far more attention than it has received. The Learning Enterprise offers a unique and timely vision of the adult learning system, of the barriers as well as the opportunities, and of the needs of both individuals and the economy as a whole.
‒ Paul Barton, President, National Institute for Work and Learning
School as we know it is dead or dying. Education―costing hundreds of billions of
dollars a year―has become a sold-
In his revolutionary book, School’s Out, Lewis J. Perelman shows that instead of education, what we need is genuine learning: more, better, faster, cheaper.
In fact, there is a learning revolution taking place right before our eyes―and
largely outside school classrooms. A new wave of knowledge technology has put the
access to enhanced learning at our fingertips. This “hyperlearning” (HL) technology
can enable anyone to learn anything, anywhere, anytime with grade-
The radical precept at the heart of School’s Out is that hyperlearning does not represent an avenue for educational reform but a total replacement for conventional education, an essential new industry for any nation hoping to prosper in the next millennium; it is also “the greatest business opportunity since Rockefeller found oil.”
An extraordinary synthesis of economic analysis and technological expertise, School’s Out is the radical departure that will alter our thinking about learning forever; it depicts a future reality that is fast approaching.
“…a revolutionary approach to economic strategy…” GEORGE GILDER ‒ Author of Microcosm
“…profoundly disturbing and exciting…” TOM PETERS ‒ The Tom Peters Group
“…first rate in every respect…” GENERAL DAVID C. JONES ‒ Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
"…the end of schooling…makes sense.” (Wall Street Journal)
"…worth taking seriously…” (Financial Times)
"…difficult to refute…” (The Washington Times)
"…[a] prophet now being heard loud and clear…” (The Daily Telegraph)
"...[a] remarkable book―should dominate the education debate for years to come.” (Vancouver Province)
Energy policy is a mess: a tangle of interconnected problems stirred by competing
political agendas. Whether it’s soaring fuel prices, noxious pollution, climate worries,
security risks, or threats to the economy and jobs, energy politics are vexed by
the tendency of single-
Many look to technology to break the logjam. But current energy technology mostly is either cheap or “clean”—not both.
With Energy Innovation, Lewis J. Perelman builds on the emerging consensus of
leading analysts who insist that accelerating innovation to create new, breakthrough
technology is essential to resolving the mess of energy-
Yet Perelman warns that achieving really effective technical fixes is easier
said than done. Simply throwing more money at R&D is not the answer. The author lists
a number of real-
To fix the technical fix, Perelman proposes a Plan B strategy for innovation-
Instead, Plan B emphasizes decentralizing and opening up energy innovation efforts to broad, international participation by individuals, businesses, philanthropies, and nongovernment/nonacademic organizations—taking full advantage of the mesh of modern information technology.
In Perelman’s prescription, the open innovation model increasingly being applied in both science and industry provides the key to untangling the energy policy mess. Recent experience shows that open crowdsourcing can produce solutions in as little as days to problems that have stumped experts for years.
Applying social and political realism to the big picture of technical challenges,
Energy Innovation provides an original, timely roadmap toward a more energy-
“Excellent! Right message for the right time in energy policy.” — Dr. Thomas Kuehn, President, Biospherex, LLC; former Executive Director, U.S. Energy Research Advisory Board
“Lewis Perelman’s Energy Innovation is highly informative, comprehensive, thoughtful, and original—a laudable contribution.” — Prof. Suresh Kumar, Chief Scientist, CSIR National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India
“Lewis Perelman provides a unique look at the big picture, the entire process, of getting new energy efficient technologies and systems into place. He emphasizes the critical role of human factors, too often overlooked by others.” — Dr. Peter J. Denning, Director, The Cebrowski Institute for Information and Innovation
“Perelman´s open innovation model, based on evidence from other industries, could
be a game-
“Perelman's discussion of the social limits to technical fixes makes several well-
“Leaders in government, industry, and academia concerned about energy in the 21st century should all read Perelman’s book. His key insight is that learning ‘how’ to solve the problem with a new generation of methodology and scope for innovation must be a prerequisite for realistically solving the problem.” — Dr. Bill Miller, President, 4G Innovation, LLC
“Energy Innovation provides a comprehensive blueprint for a new energy pathway. Lewis Perelman builds a pragmatic framework around realism and bypasses the idealistic viewpoint that promises much but delivers little.” — Dr. Barry Stevens, President, TBDAmerica, Inc.