© Lewis J. Perelman, 2012

Lewis J. Perelman
Author, Analyst, Consultant

Books

The Global Mind: Beyond the Limits to Growth (Mason/Charter, 1976)


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-conceived and ineffectual ideas that, like weeds, have disrupted the growth of healthy ecology. Curing mental-ecological disorder requires a process of education that does not now exist. This book calls for a new kind of education―an ecological one―that can help achieve the goals of human survival, welfare, and development.


“…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-being.”

‒  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-places man and his culture firmly within the network of information and relationship which is life.”

‒ Kirkus Reviews


The Learning Enterprise: Adult Learning Human Capital and Economic Development  (Council of State Planning Agencies, October 1984)


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-forming industry of the postindustrial economy….

   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-based economy, we must vastly increase the productivity of the learning process by taking full advantage of the burgeoning power of computers and telecommunications…. Ultimately, there is a message of hope in these pages for…the nation’s work force: the same technology that is transforming work can increase our power to learn and to choose a future….

   ...[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’s Out: Hyperlearning, the New Technology, and the End of Education (William Morrow, 1992; Avon Books, 1993)


School as we know it is dead or dying. Education―costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year―has become a sold-gold life jacket: The longer we cling to it, the deeper it will sink us.

   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-A results. And HL technology is getting rapidly cheaper and more powerful, while classroom teaching gets steadily more expensive and unproductive.

  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.




Leaders praise:


“…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


"…meets head-on the opportunity of the knowledge age…” GEORGE A. KEYWORTH, II Former Science & Technology Adviser to President Ronald Reagan


"…demonstrates…a customer-driven, hands-on approach…” WILLIAM NISKANEN Chairman, Cato Institute


Rave reviews:


"…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 Innovation: Fixing the Technical Fix (Intersect, 2012)


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-issue solutions to make other problems worse.

    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-related problems.

    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-world hurdles to creating useful innovations—including corruption, special interest lobbying, money and budget issues, tensions between government and private sector roles, and political instability. And financially strapped governments simply may not have the money others have called for.

   To fix the technical fix, Perelman proposes a Plan B strategy for innovation-on-a-budget. Plan B begins with the recognition that a big energy innovation program need not be big in cost to the public treasury to be big in the scope of its reach, engagement, diversity, and impacts.

    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-secure global economy.

“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-changer. His proposal for open collaboration among developed and developing economies certainly would help realize Chile’s immense renewable energy potential.” —Alfredo Barriga, President, South Pacific Business Promotions SA, Santiago, Chile


“Perelman's discussion of the social limits to technical fixes makes several well-taken points that should inform work focused on adoption and diffusion of new energy technology.” — Dr. Christopher Green, Professor of Economics, McGill University School of Environment, Montreal, Canada


“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.

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