The Overstory

The Overstory, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world.”

From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Pulitzer Prize: “For distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.

Making Public Organizations Work

Bert George | Borgerhoff & Lamberigts

Publieke organisaties zijn belangrijk, nu meer dan ooit. Of het nu gaat om ziekenhuizen die ons gezondheidszorg bieden, scholen die ons onderwijs bieden, politieagenten die onze straten veilig houden, musea die ons cultureel erfgoed beschermen, er zijn tal van voorbeelden te geven van de wijze waarop publieke organisaties ons dagelijks leven beïnvloeden. Maar het runnen van publieke organisaties is complex en de verwachtingen ten aanzien van deze organisaties zijn nog nooit zo hoog geweest – ze moeten efficiënt en effectief zijn, kwalitatief hoogwaardige en rechtvaardige diensten leveren, en ontvankelijk zijn voor de burgers die ze dienen. Public organizations matter, now more than ever. Be it hospitals providing us healthcare, schools offering us education, police officers keeping our streets safe, museums safeguarding our cultural heritage, one can provide multiple examples of how public organizations impact our daily lives. But running public organizations is complex and expectations towards these organizations have never been greater — they need to be efficient and effective, provide high-quality and equitable services, and be responsive towards the citizens they serve.

Making public organizations work biedt een op onderzoek gebaseerd overzicht van publieke managementactiviteiten die publieke managers, of mensen die dat willen worden, helpen om na te denken over hun prestaties en deze te verbeteren. Het is hét boek voor iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in de praktijk van het leiden van publieke organisaties en richt zich op het managen van hervormingen, prestaties en waarden; het managen van publieke organisaties en netwerken; en het managen van bureaucraten, politici en burgers op straatniveau. Theoretische inzichten worden concreet gemaakt aan de hand van praktijkvoorbeelden van publieke organisaties over de hele wereld. Making public organizations work provides a research-based overview of public management activities that help public managers, or people aspiring to become one, reflect on and enhance their performance. It is the go-to book for anyone interested in the practice of running public organizations and centers on managing reforms, performance and values; managing public organizations and networks; and managing street-level bureaucrats, politicians and citizens. Theoretical insights are made concrete through real-life cases from public organizations around the world.

George, B. (2021) Making public organizations work. Gent: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts.