I have recently realized that if I wanted to be serious about exploring the issues around sustainability, climate change and ethical and social entrepreneurship, maybe I needed to start reading books about it.
Hmm. The issue is, I am terrible at reading non-fiction books, so I figured I’d make a list of books I want to read here, with deadlines, and try and hold myself accountable.
Here is a list I put together searching all around the Internet for recommandations (of course, if you have other ideas, let me know!).
On climate change:
- This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein (yep, I still haven’t read it, partly out of laziness, partly out of denial – the introduction was really depressing)
- The Conflict Shoreline, text by Eyal Weizman and photographs by Fazal Sheikh
- La Question climatique – Genèse et dépolitisation d’un problème public, Jean-Baptiste Comby
- Greenhouse Gangsters vs. Climate Justice by CorpWatch
- Politics of Climate Justice, Patrick Bond
- Toward Climate Justice, Brian Tokar
- Contours of Climate Justice, Ulrich Brand and others
On alternative consumption models:
- What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers (2010)
- The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance, William McDonough and Michael Braungart
- Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts about How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products, Stephen Leahy. 2014
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We make Things, William McDonough and Michael Braungart (2002)
On business and sustainability:
- The Truth About Green Business, Gil Friend (2009)
- Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto, Adam Werbach (2009)
- The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win, Jeffrey Hollender and Bill Breen (2010)
- Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, Aron Cramer and Zachary Karabell (2010):
- Business Lessons From a Radical Industrialist, Ray C. Anderson (2009)
- The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World, Paul Herman (2010)
So… (try to picture me saying it with a British accent) I am going to try to read one book every 2 weeks. I’ll start with the first one of the first category, then the first one of the second category, etc. I’ll also try to write down notes about each book here so I can remember all the great ideas I hope they are going to spark in me.