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Global Hive: What The Bee Crisis Teaches Us About Building a Sustainable World

by Horst Kornberger Floris Books
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Pbk 204 pages
AU$44.99 NZ$46.08
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In a world all too familiar with environmental disasters, Horst Kornberger argues that the bee crisis is a more significant problem than deforestation, pollution and global warming put together, as it points to the causes behind all these.

Global Hive is a rallying cry for a new understanding of world ecology. More than a study of bees, this book offers both an entirely new way of thinking about the bee crisis and its causes, and a way to use the crisis to explore wider social and ecological issues.


Kornberger challenges the dominant scientific worldview that reduces everything to minute detail and fails to see the larger holistic picture. He argues that we urgently need to start thinking about ecology in a different way -- by developing a new science which draws on empathy and imagination -- if we want to mend our relationship with the natural world. From this perspective, the worldwide threat of the bee crisis becomes a starting point for global change.


Global Hive is a thought-provoking treatise on what colony collapse teaches us about our society, our choices and how we can build a more sustainable world.



1 From Beuys to Bees

2 Honey Hunt

3 Domestication and What it Means

4 The Bee in All Bees

5 The Caged Queen

6 Enter: Varroa Destructor

7 Mites and Their Mission

8 Microscope and Mind

9 Mating Machinery

10 The Logic of Destruction

11 Macroscope

12 Goethe: The Apprentice of Nature

13 Compassionate Ecology

14 From Conscience to Compassion

15 Global Empathy

16 Beehive Metaphors

17 Bee Frames and Mind Frames

18 The Choreography of Care

19 Swarming Paradigms

20 Compassion Collapse Disorder

21 Imaginal Literacy

22 Global Hive

23 Ecolibrium

24 The Honey Doctrine





About the Author

Horst Kornberger was born in Austria in 1959. He is a poet, artist, writer and lecturer. He has taught at the Rudolf Steiner College in California and now lives in Western Australia. He is the founder of the School of Integral Art where he pioneers creative, biographical and story writing. He is the author of The Power of Stories: Nurturing Children's Imagination and Consciousness.