The Solutions Project
Providing clear, accessible solutions to the world’s greatest social, economic and environmental problems.
 

Current Titles

The series has begun with the following titles:

Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering

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Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering, by Ethan Smith with Guy Dauncey. New Society Publishers, Fall 2007.

Winner of a 2008 NAPRA Nautilus Award.

Ethan is author who lives on Pender Island, BC.

Building an Ark is a book after my own heart: it is all about taking action to make the world a better place.”
- Dr. Jane Goodall

"Finally, a practical and engaging book of solutions for animals!
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- Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education



Climate Challenge
The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming, by Guy Dauncey. New Society Publishers, 2001.

"What an amazingly (insanely!) comprehensive and useful book. This is a joyous, hope-filled manual for facing the greatest crisis humanity has ever encountered." - Bill McKibben, 350.org


Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic

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Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic, by Liz Armstrong, Guy Dauncey, and Anne Wordsworth. New Society Publishers, Spring 2007.

Winner of a 2008 NAPRA Nautilus Award.

Liz is cofounder of the Women's Environmental Health Network and the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition, and lead author of Everyday Carcinogens: Stopping Cancer Before It Starts, the background paper for the "Stop Cancer" conference held at McMaster University, Ontario, March 1999.

A wonderful tool for enhancing your own health, and the health of our planetary home.”
- Dr. Warren Bell, MD

A well researched analysis of today's cancer epidemic, that will surely inspire readers to action.
- Ruth Grier, former Minister of Health, Ontario


Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, & War

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Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, & War, by Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, MD with Guy Dauncey. New Society Publishers, Spring 2006.

Mary-Wynne is past Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Mary-Wynne is a palliative care physician who lives in Victoria, Canada. She is working with advisors from the Hague Appeal for Peace, Physicians for Global Survival, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the Oxford Research Group, Canadian Pugwash, Voice of Women, the Carter Center, Physicians for Global Survival, and Peace Magazine.

Must be in everyone’s quiver of inspiration and motivation so that we can leave this world a safer and saner place for our children and grandchildren.”
- Cora Weiss, President Hague Appeal for Peace and International Peace Bureau


Introduction

At the opening of the 21st century, we face an enormous, multi-layered, global crisis that combines poverty, disease, oppression and ignorance with overconsumption, waste and ecological exhaustion, and also with frustration, anger, violence and war.

Many people feel overwhelmed at the cumulative nature of the problems, and the apparent deficit of progressive, forward-looking solutions. Others turn away and remain absorbed in their own lives, thinking there is nothing they can do.

When you dig deeper, however, you discover that there are organizations, businesses and governments all around the world that are already implementing solutions to the many problems that beset us. Their successes are scattered, however, and most people have little awareness that we already possess practical solutions to many of our problems.

The Solutions Project aims to address the world’s major problems, one by one, informing people about solutions that are already being practiced, and promoting their adoption. It seeks to inspire people and governments with optimism about the achievability of the solutions, and to shift the global attitude from one of depression and despair to one of steadfast determination and engagement.

Background

In July 2001, New Society Publishers released Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change, written by Guy Dauncey with Patrick Mazza. The book provides comprehensive, systematic solutions to the challenge of global climate change for each sector of society:

10 Solutions for Individuals
10 Solutions for Schools, Colleges, Churches & Action Groups
10 Solutions for Cities & Towns
10 Solutions for Businesses
15 Solutions for Power Utilities
5 Solutions for Auto Corporations
10 Solutions for State & Provincial Governments
10 Solutions for National Governments
10 Solutions for Developing Nations
10 Global Solutions
1 Solution for All of Us

Almost all of the solutions in Stormy Weather are drawn from practices and policies that are already being implemented around the world. After laying out the basics of climate change and an overview of the solutions, the book features a comprehensive, illustrated, 2-page illustrated layout for each solution, showing where that solution is taking place and listing relevant websites. Its purpose is to eliminate forever the belief that we do not know how to solve the problems of global climate change, and to give people the tools they need to become engaged.

Stormy Weather received critical acclaim both for its contents and for the way it is organized, and it won a Nautilus Award at the New York Book Expo in May 2002. The public has responded very positively to the book’s organization and overall approach, which has inspired the formation of the Solutions Project.

Description

Adopting the same organizational approach used for Stormy Weather, and in partnership with New Society Publishers, the Solutions Project will undertake three key initiatives:

    1. Organize the publication of a complete set of 25 titles
    2. Form partnerships to assist with the development and promotion of each title
    3. Establish a "Solutions for Leaders" initiative for each title.

25 Titles

In partnership with New Society Publishers, the Solutions Project will organize the publication of 25 titles over the next few years, laying out proven solutions to the world’s biggest problems. Each book will be written by a leading author or authors in the field, and will have a global reach, with a view to translation and co-publication in other countries.

Each of these books is like a triathlon in its complexity, detail and scope. Having completed the first two books, however, and with two more underway, it is clear that the task can be achieved.

Taken together, the solutions will create a cohesive body of practical experience that will foster a comprehensive approach to social, economic and environmental problem-solving, combining individual action, community action, ethical consuming, socially responsible business and investment, environmentally sensitive technologies, appropriate government policies, and global initiatives.

The solutions described in each book will be rooted in values of individual fulfillment, community wellbeing, socially responsible business, social justice, respect for human rights, cultural diversity, democratic strength, ecological sustainability, and economic development that embraces the need for a triple bottom line, representing economic, environmental, and social performance. Each book will recognize the obstacles that are placed in the way of positive solutions by vested interests, such as the disruptive tactics used by the coal, oil and auto companies to slow and obstruct progress on global climate change, and will include strategies to overcome the obstacles among the solutions.

The series aims to capture the public’s imagination by concentrating on what works. The style is personal and journalistic, but with no loss of scientific rigor or attention to detail. The books are designed to appeal to the widest possible readership - whoever is motivated to try to build a better world - with a special effort to reach out to young people, who are our future.

Partnerships

New Society Publishers, based on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, is lead partner in the Solutions Project. It is their commitment to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society that makes the Solutions Project possible.

Like any publisher, however, their attentions are occupied with the 20 – 25 books that they publish annually. It is not easy for books about social and environmental change to win major attention in the media, where they fight for attention among the several thousand books that are published every week.

It has been the Project founder’s experience that a new title that deals with social and environmental change requires considerable partnership building and community outreach among supportive NGOs if it is to maximize its reach and penetration. Also, the wider the net is cast to seek input while preparing the title, the easier it is for the book to succeed in its purpose when it is published.

The intention behind the Solutions Project is that we can turn the mindset of the world from despair to hope, from negativity to engagement. For each problem that the Project will address, hundreds of NGOs, governments and businesses are already working on the solutions. It is their stories that the Solutions Project will tell, and their involvement that it seeks to engage.

To succeed in its task, the Solutions Project will reach out to like-minded individuals and organizations around the world, seeking Project Advisors, Title Advisors, Partner Organizations, and Members.

Project Advisors

The project needs Advisors who will help it become a success, and advise on:

  • The most appropriate titles to publish next
  • Possible authors with the experience, values and skills
  • Likely sources of funding
  • Other partnership possibilities
  • The design and delivery of the Solutions Project.

Title Advisors

Each title needs Advisors who will:

  • Advise on the title’s organizational method, and the solutions being proposed
  • Review sections of the manuscript
  • Offer contacts, advice and ideas
  • Open doors for interviews, book reviews, magazine articles, and publication in other countries
  • Promote the title to colleges, NGOs, businesses, and government leaders
  • Help with Internet promotion, using the project’s website
  • Advise in the quest to generate associated NPR and CBC Radio programs, and a TV film.

Partner Organizations

The project also needs NGOs and other organizations who will:

  • Offer advice on titles where they have expertise
  • Assist with promotion and outreach as the titles are published
  • Invite their members to join the "Solutions for Leaders" initiative on a title-by-title basis.

Members

The Solutions Project also needs individuals around the world who will:

  • Share the vision of the project
  • Use their skills and resources to offer advice, ideas and connections
  • Tell their friends and networks about the books as they come out
  • Support the Solutions for Leaders initiative.

Solutions for Leaders

For each title, The Solutions Project will develop a "Solutions for Leaders" initiative to reach out to local, national and global leaders, so that they become aware of the solutions to the problems they face, and are encouraged to implement them. The Project will work with members and partners to promote the solutions featured to government, business and community leaders, and encourage them to adopt similar legislation and practices. This initiative will work through two programs:

  1. Gifts for Leaders. Members of the Solutions Project will be able to purchase copies of the titles below cost to donate to local, civic, business, national and global leaders. 75 copies of the first title, Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change, have been donated to leaders in Canada and US, including 21 to Canadian government cabinet ministers, 40 to Washington State legislators, and several to leaders in Washington DC, including Al Gore.
  2. Policies for Leaders. Members and partner organizations will encourage leaders to introduce the legislation and other solutions featured in the books into city halls, legislatures, parliaments, senates and congresses.

People

Guy Dauncey is an author, activist and consultant who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and translate that vision into action. He is author of Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change and other titles, and publisher of EcoNews, a monthly newsletter serving the vision of a sustainable Vancouver Island. He is co-founder of the Victoria Car-Share Cooperative, President of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (www.bcsea.org), and Co-Chair of Prevent Cancer Now (www.preventcancernow.ca). He lives in Victoria, BC, Canada, where he also works as a consultant in sustainable ecovillage and green building development.

Project Advisors:

  • Sarah van Gelder, Editor, YES! Magazine, Bainbridge Island, USA
  • Fran Korten, Positive Futures Network, Bainbridge Island, USA
  • Bob Freling, Executive Director, Solar Electric Light Fund, Washington DC, USA
  • John Todd, Biologist, author, co-founder of Living Technologies, Inc, USA.
  • Nancy Jack Todd, Vice-president, Ocean Arks International, USA.
  • Chris Plant, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, Canada
  • Judith Plant, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, Canada
  • Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club, Ottawa, Canada
  • Jakob von Uexkull, Founder, Right Livelihood Foundation, UK/Sweden
  • Peter Russell, author of The White Hole in Time and Science and God. San Francisco, CA, USA

Future Title Themes

There is no set method for choosing an author for a new title. They come from a mix of chance, serendipity, and personal invitations.

Social and Economic Change

101 Solutions to Poverty in the North *
101 Solutions to Corporate Globalization *
101 Solutions for Our Cities *
101 Solutions to Crime *
101 Solutions for Democracy *
101 Solutions to Poverty in the South
101 Solutions for Health Care
101 Solutions to AIDS
101 Solutions to Racism
101 Solutions to Homelessness
101 Solutions for Affordable Housing
101 Solutions for Schools
101 Solutions for Handicapped People
101 Solutions for Rural Communities
101 Solutions for a Green Economy
101 Solutions for Businesses

Environmental Change

101 Solutions for Farms *
101 Solutions to the Global Water Crisis *
101 Solutions to the Loss of Nature *
101 Solutions to the Loss of the World’s Forests
101 Solutions to World’s Ocean Crisis
101 Solutions for the World’s Transport Future

Personal and Family Change

101 Solutions to Grief, Anger, and Hurt
101 Solutions for Marriage
101 Solutions for Children

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