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We take a look at the books we have reviewed that cover a range of sustainability issues, opinions, experiences and solutions.

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1. The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism – David Harvey (2011) – David Harvey examines how capitalism has shaped western society over the last three years and whether it is time for a change inThe Enigma of CapitalRead more.

2. Investing in a Sustainable World: Why Green is the New Colour of Money on Wall Street – Matthew J Kiernan (2008)Investing in a Sustainable World demonstrates that ‘going green not only has a positive impact on the environment, but also pays off financially. Read more.

3. The Nature of Investing – Katherine Collins (2014)The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry is constructed on the foundations of extensive knowledge and experience in the field of investing. Read more.

4. The Skeptical Environmentalist – Bjørn Lomborg (2001) – Controversial book The Skeptical Environmentalist looks at the claims around environmental and social issues such as overpopulation, energy resources, water shortages and climate change. Read more.

5. A Fate Worse Than Debt – Susan George (1990) – Political and social scientist Susan George considers the third world debt crisis and looks at how and why the global wealth gap is continuing to wider in her 1990 book, A Fate Worse Than Debt. Read more.

6. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – Eric Schlosser (2001) – Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes how the fast food industry has altered America and inspires readers to consider what they are eating and the impact it has on society and themselves in Fast Food Nation. Read more.

7. Treasure Islands – Nicholas Shaxson (2012) – In Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens, Nicholas Shaxson, a former Financial Times and Economist correspondent, argues that tax havens play a central role in a number of crises, including economic stagnation, countries facing bankruptcy and recession. Read more.

8. The End of Poverty – Jeffery Sachs (2005) – The End of Poverty: How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime argues that extreme poverty could be eliminated within a 20-year period through carefully planned development aid. Read more.

9. The World We Made – Jonathon Porritt (2013) – The World We Made: Alex McKay’s Story from 2050 presents a credible, positive vision of our planet in the future. Read more.

10. The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel – Polyp (2012) – The Co-operative Revolution is a graphic novel by Manchester-based cartoonist Polyp that looks at the beginnings of the co-operative movement and the benefits and positive impacts this business model has had on society, the environment and business. Read more.

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Book Review: Ubernomics




Step inside the next generation of economics, business strategy and investing.

In this radical business book, Barbara Gray makes it clear that all is not as it seems. Just when we think we know the rules of the road, we find we have hit the age of economic abundance—and surprises await.

Gray navigates us through this journey with great insight and acuity, sharing stories and case studies about a new breed of “rebel with a cause” companies such as Starbucks, LinkedIn, Airbnb, and Uber, whose founders relish disruption of the status quo. Taking us through the highlights of her research, Gray reveals her discovery of the next generation of business strategy for companies looking to create economic abundance and rise above the competition.

Barbara Gray is a former top-ranked sell-side equity analyst and the founder of Brady Capital Research Inc., a leading-edge research and strategy consulting firm. She has more than fifteen years of sell-side equity research experience in Canada and the United States covering a wide range of sectors. Barbara has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia (1993) and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two sons.


Ubernomics is über-needed by any organization that wants to be around in the next five years. Read it and you’ll be here for fifty–and more! Barbara Gray is half brilliant analyst and half seer. The result is a book that is both crystal clear and a crystal ball.”
–Joey Reiman, Chairman, BrightHouse and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

“Barbara is one of the most astute and forward-looking analysts who covered lululemon. Ubernomics gave me a framework to think about the sharing economy capital structure and the value that can be gained from that.”
–Christine Day, CEO, Luvo (former CEO, lululemon)

“Barbara’s overall analysis centering on the three new values of advocacy, connection and collaboration is very powerful. And the examples, both of firms born in the new economy and others trying to adapt to it, are fascinating.”
–Jean-Claude Larreche, Professor of Marketing, INSEAD, and author of The Momentum Effect


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Book Review: Business as an Instrument for Societal Change




Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is the result of two decades of research and dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders in business, government, science and education. Author Sander Tideman, a lawyer and banker who has maintained a friendship with the Dalai Lama over all these years, presents a practical framework and methodology to develop a new kind of leadership – one fit to repurpose the business world and tackle escalating social, economic and environmental needs.

The Dalai Lama rarely speaks directly on the topics of business, leadership and economics. Yet in the dialogues recounted here, his wisdom – combined with key insights from business and public leaders – creates a unified shift towards a consciousness of interconnectedness, offering profound insights for practitioners and general readers alike.

Tideman unites the scientific worldviews of physics, neuroscience and economics with the positive psychology of human relationships, and ancient spiritual wisdom, to formulate practical business leadership solutions. At the heart of this book lies the journey to discover our shared purpose. This ignites new sources of value creation for the organisation, customers and society, which Tideman terms ‘triple value’.  We can achieve triple value by aligning societal and business needs, based on the fundamental reality of interconnection.

Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is a readable and intelligent exploration of how leaders can actually help to shape a sustainable global economy by embracing innate human and humane behaviour. It is also Tideman’s fascinating personal journey, which brought him to question the underlying motivations and goals of business leadership and to seek a new paradigm for a more sustainable approach. Reflecting Tideman’s sharp perceptions and infused with the Dalai Lama’s unmistakable joy, this book has the power to change your way of thinking.


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