If you’re looking to broaden your knowledge of sustainability – or simply want a page-turner to read on holiday – any of these six essential reads would be good places to start.
– Capitalism as if the World Matters
By Jonathon Porritt
Capitalism as if the World Matters argues that it is possible to reform our economic model so that it can provide solutions to the challenges we face, including climate change and poverty. The book takes a pragmatic, yet optimistic, approach and lays out a potential way forward pointing out that we need to prioritise well being over growth. Read more.
– Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming
By McKenzie Funk
Windfall takes a unique look at climate change and investigates the businesses and entrepreneurs that are coming up with solutions and profiting as a result. The author examines the cost of adapting, in both positive, such as developing water desalination, and negative, for example oil companies preparing for melting ice to open up additional resources, ways. Read more.
– The Population Bomb
By Paul Ehrlich
The best-selling Population Bomb looks at the issues surrounding global population growth, in particular access to food, and potential solutions. Despite some of the predictions in the book proving incorrect the author maintains the general argument remains in tact and it continues to be a valuable book on sustainability. Read more.
– The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World
By Joseph Badaracco
The Good Struggle examines how to lead successfully in an uncertain, high pressure and turbulent world. Badaracco, a Harvard Business School professor, looks at how leaders can deal with the complexities that now face them, how to embrace the struggle and details the benefits of doing so. Read more.
– A Life Stripped Bare: My Year Trying to Live Ethically
By Leo Hickman
A Life Stripped Bare is a humorous account of one man’s journey to live ethically over the course of a year. The book doesn’t preach but demonstrates how the decision to live as ethically as possible can impact on your life. The amusing and easy to read writing style will entertain whilst inspiring change. Read more.
– Sustainability: All That Matters
By Chris Goodall
Chris Goodall argues that today’s generation has borrowed from the future and as a result has left subsequent generation to foot the bill for unsustainable practices in Sustainability: All That Matters. The theories and solutions detailed are applied to various industries to demonstrate how the challenges can be overcome. Read more.
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
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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