The Next (Regenerative) Industrial Age: guest blog compliments of the Capital Institute

We want to share with you — our long-time supporters as well as newcomers to the Capital Institute community — the exciting news of the release of our first eBook, The Next (Regenerative) Industrial Age: The Story of the National Manufacturing Renaissance Campaign.

This latest study is the fourth in our Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy initiative, a series of case studies that explore the common design principles, and challenges, of exemplary real-world business models that represent the emergence of a regenerative economy.  We chose the eBook format in order to engage with you and the regenerative economy story in a more immersive way.

The story of the Manufacturing Renaissance is a compelling one.  An unusual public-private partnership now incubating a Polytechnical Career Program at Austin Polytechnical Academy in Chicago’s inner city, the Manufacturing Renaissance is forging unlikely collaborations among leaders of government, organized labor, public education, the private sector, and civil society who have put their differences aside to rally around a shared belief: that manufacturing, in its current advanced evolution, can and must be mobilized to restore our damaged societal and biophysical systems.  Earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city will invest $1.25 million in advanced manufacturing education programs led by the Manufacturing Renaissance initiative and its managing partner, the Center for Labor and Community Research.

The Manufacturing Renaissance challenges our conventional wisdom that the decline of manufacturing in the U.S. is inevitable.  On the contrary, we have seen that the challenges facing this vital, wealth-generating sector of the economy are surmountable.  A manufacturing renaissance is possible with a public-private partnership approach to education and innovation, along with a recognition that business ownership must be accompanied by a commitment to long-term stewardship in a viable capitalist system.

Our eBook is available in its most digitally enhanced format as an iBook for the iPad.  The iBook includes videos, evocative photo galleries, and hyperlinking to external resources.  We also encourage you to access the direct email links in the eBook to share your own regenerative economy stories and reflections.  For those who don’t have access to an iPad, we have also published the eBook on the Vook web-based platform.  Nook and Kindle versions will be released soon.

In an effort to make this important field study available to everyone, we are currently offering it for free.  We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we did, and that you’ll share it with your colleagues and friends.

Finally, we slaute the courageous entrepreneurs that are the subjects of our Field Guide.

How to access the FREE eBook:
Download iBook for iPad
Download Vook

Warm regards,
John Fullerton (Founder & President)

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