Introduction Tim Aldrich and Mireille Kaiser 1. Perspectives on Time Sir Martin Rees 2. Natural Clocks Sir Ghillean Prance 3. Too Many, Too Fast? Jonathon Porritt 4. Living Time Jay Griffiths 5. The Arrival of Time Politics Geoff Mulgan 6. Time and Money Will Hutton and Alexandra Jones 7. Taking People's Time Seriously David Boyle 8. Ethics in Time Baroness Mary Warnock 9. Time and Technology James Goodman and Britt Jorgensen 10. Conclusion Vidhya Alakeson
A high-profile collection aimed at creating debate about where the values of our contemporary society are taking us. It will foster reflective thinking about different aspects of time, using the concept of time to communicate and illuminate the idea of sustainable development and question our idolatry of speed. Contributors include Will Hutton and Baroness Mary Warnock. "Eat faster, get the news faster, communicate faster, date faster, mate faster: 'life in the fast lane' is the aspiration of countless millions, regardless of the career crashes and life-wrecks that litter that particular lane. Jeremy Clarkson, the high priest of speed for speed's sake, has a lot to answer for." Jonathan Porritt in About Time
Edited by the think-tank Forum for the Future, About Time brings together ten of the world's leading thinkers and writers, from disciplines including biology, business, sociology, ethnography, astronomy, philosophy, politics, and sustainability.
This thought provoking compilation of essays should be the reference list of all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes concerned with social issues, time and future trends. It also needs to be brought to the attention of occupational scientists who seek to contribute to wider contextual issues of what people do in relation to a healthy, sustainable future ... While each chapter could stand alone as a comment upon how technology or politics influences time, the editor has melded the contributions successfully to engage readers in debates about sustainability and how that impacts on society. - 'Journal of Occupational Science' Vol. 14, No. 1 (April 2007) || ... brings the many linkages between time and sustainability into sharper focus ... a collection of very readable essays ... it's a bit sobering to be reminded how out of synch we've become in our just-in-time, multitasking, everything-on-demand. 24/7 lifestyles ... and how dissatisfied ... A central theme running through many of the essays is the importance of individual choice in determining our relationship with time ... Could it be that our relationship to sustainability is similarly constrained by a perceived lack of freedom to make choices? - Worldchanging.com - Joel Makower