Recommended Recent Readings:
- Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto
By Stewart Brand
One of the most provocative thinkers of our times makes a powerful myth-shattering call to arms to save the planet. This book changed the way I think about topics I’ve thought about for a long time.
- Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity
by Michael Shuman
The premier localist economist and author (Going Local, The Small-Mart Revolution) makes a strong and stimulating case for moving money from Wall Street to Main Street: why, how and what stands in the way.
- Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
by Marjorie Kelly
In this splendid book the former publisher of Business Ethics Magazine (and author of another great book – The Divine Right of Capital) explores the meaning of the generative economy of the future and examines the current signs of its emergence.
- The Responsible Company: What We've Learned from Patagonia's First 40 Years
by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s enthusiastic first book (Let My People Go Surfing) is followed here with the nuts and bolts: what did Patagonia do to become the most honest, accountable, and ethical company in the world? (as far as I’m concerned!!).
- America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.
by Gar Alperovitz
Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz builds an inspiring vision for long-term change on a withering assessment of the state of U.S. democracy.
- The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality
by Richard Heinberg
The late Kenneth Boulding once said: “Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever is either a madman or an economist. “ Here’s why it can’t , and what a new era of progress might be like.
- A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to BUILDING A GREAT BUSINESS
by Ari Weinzweig
With heavy doses of both humor and wisdom Ari reveals the methods and the madness that led the fabled Ann Arbor deli Zingerman's to become a thriving community of successful and progressive businesses.
- America The Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
by James Gustave Speth
Here it is - the next economy writ large. Uncompromising criticism of where we are and how we got here and a comprehensive prescription for transformation to an attractive and plausible future.
- Born To Run
By Christopher McDougall
An epic adventure about the reclusive Tarahumara Indians in Mexico which, through remarkable characters and stories, becomes a journey about values, community, and human evolution.
- Change By Design
By Tim Brown
The CEO of the legendary design firm IDEO proposed that Design Thinking – the idea that every problem is a design problem – wil need to become a part of every successful organization.
- Come Home America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of our Country
by William Greider
The noted author and National Affairs Correspondent for the Nation helps us understand the profound challenges and opportunities of the great transitions to come.
- Down To The Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse
By David Orr
Another eloquent – and troubling – call to action for the planet. Orr combines science, history, and public policy to make a compelling case that effective political leadership is the essential missing ingredient standing in our way.
- Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
By Bill McKibben
For McKibben, climate change is not about the future – we’ve already changed the planet irrevocably. Now, as we try to minimize the damage, we have to learn how to live in this new place.
- Plan B 4.0
by Lester Brown
For over 30 years Lester Brown has been keeping us abreast of the State of the World, environmentally. His latest, Plan B 4.0, is a road map to real climate change solutions
- The Great Disruption
by Paul Gilding
The former director of Greenpeace and long-time corporate sustainability consultant takes us on a journey to the future of our economy
- The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future
by Tom Wessels
In this beautifully written small volume the author makes a compelling statement about why perpetual growth is not – and can’t be – the answer to our economic struggles.
- The Real World of Employee Ownership
by John Logue and Jacquelyn Yates
The best primer on employee ownership, this useful book comes from the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, which has actively and successfully helped Ohio companies for decades
- The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking our Way out of Extinction
by Rebecca Costa
Sociobiologist Costa explores the capacity of the human brain, and how we can use ours to solve our greatest problems.
- What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
by Tina Seelig
The subtitle is A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World – it’s about innovation, radical collaboration and harnessing the unexpected.