With so many books, articles, newspapers, pamphlets and emails out there, how are you supposed to choose what to read? To help you out a little, here are my recommendations.
There is not much I enjoy more than curling beneath a blanket on a snug couch and turning the pages (or, more recently, tapping the screen on my e-reader) of an engaging book. Here are some books I have enjoyed and think you might too:
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – William McDonough & Michael Braungart
I read Cradle to Cradle halfway through my master’s degree, when I was first exposed to the concept of a circular economy. Providing an alternative to the “cradle-to-grave” model that dominates our manufactured world, McDonough and Braungart challenge the notion that we humans can’t help but damage the world we live in. Their “cradle-to-cradle” philosophy proposes that products should be made to be made again.
An Optimist’s Tour of the Future – Mark Stevenson
If, like me, you are interested in what the world might be like in the future then this is a book you should really get your hands on. Stevenson draws upon interviews from a smorgasbord of characters, ranging from farmers in Australia to futurists in the United States, to paint a refreshingly positive picture of the world we might end up living in.
What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live – Rachel Botsman & Roo Rogers
If you have scrolled down the front page of this site at all you will know that I am a proponent of collaborative consumption (or the sharing economy). Well this is the book that first put the idea into words. What’s Mine is Yours explores the effect that the collaborative movement it having on the way we consume products. This is a must-read for anyone sick of owning as much “stuff” as possible.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All – Tom Kelley & David Kelley
How many times have you said, or heard, the words, “I couldn’t do that, I’m not creative,” or something to that effect? The fact is you are, no matter what you think. Tom and David Kelley, from leading innovation consultancy IDEO, maintain that everybody is creative, some people just lose the confidence to believe it somewhere along the way. Creative Confidence uses inspiring tales of unexpected creativity to convince its readers that they have that creativity in them somewhere too. It’s a fascinating read.
On My Reading List
- Thinking in Systems: A Primer – Donella H. Meadows
- Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World – Mark Miodownik
- A Whole New Mind – Daniel H. Pink
If you have got a suggestion for a book that you think I, and your fellow readers, should get their hands on I would love to hear about it! Post your ideas in the comments below.