“All change is not systems change or even political change. sometimes positive change upholds the status quo, we are not here to feel good all the time, but to do good.” – Adrienne Maree Brown

Emergent Strategy, Adrienne Maree Brown

Emergent Strategy is perhaps one of the most influential books anyone on our team has read. Pulling from Octacia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, this book redefines our relationship to a world in continuous flux. Not seeing change through the traditional, humanist lens, Brown invites readers to see change as a flow of time, space, consciousness and reality, that is not privy to only the humans who live on earth, but all beings and forces of nature. This book gives the modern activist the language and framework to radically reimagine our collective futures together.

Design for the Real World, Victor Papenek

Design for the Real World has become a classic, and is one of the world’s more widely read books and has been translated into over twenty-three languages. In this English version, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the throw away, frivolous items that are so popular in our modern world. Instead he offers a schematic and a call for more responsible design, that doesn’t continue to over consume already diminished resources.

The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein

In The Color of Law, Rothstein exposes the reality of how segregation still thrives modern America. Drawing attention to the prejudices and systematic racism that exist so openly, such as racial zoning, segregated public housing, tax exemptions for institutions that reinforce and support segregation. Rothstein’s work is both transformational and fundamental to understanding urban history and how urban planning has been weaponized against African Americans. A must read for anyone searching for the language to explain environmental racism and unconstitutional housing policy in the US.

All We Can Save, Dr. Ayanna Elizabeth Johnson

All We Can Save is a bestselling collection of work by 60 women across a multitude of disciplines, all at the forefront of the climate movement. Each offering their own perspective, providing a spectrum of insights on how to radically change and reform society.

Where Do We Go From Here, Chaos or Community? Martin Luther King Jr

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community, outlines King’s acute examination on the state of American society after a decade of his involvement in civil rights efforts. He calls out the drastic disparities widely prevalent across the globe, touching on topics of inequalities in pay, housing, and education, among others. He demands that we make a choice – we now have the resources to end poverty, but we as a collective, must make the choice to do so. 

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Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass is a book that will forever enhance your capacity to see yourself as part of ecosystems and to marvel in the complex beauty of this planet. As a botanist and a mother with Potawatomi heritage Kimmerer provides observations and insights that are equal parts scientific, spiritual and nurturing. This book will lure you into a place of enhanced reverence for the natural world and will leave you curious and caring.

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Nudge, Richard H. Thaler and‎ Cass R. Sunstein

Nudge draws on decades of the behavioral science of choices. It examines the way we do what we do, from the good to the bad. It asks readers to examine the unconscious motivations that guide us, how to harness them, and how we can use them to “nudge” people towards the right decision.

Creative Confidence, Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Creative Confidence is an acknowledgement to how creativity has the capacity to create unparalleled value and lasting impact on our lives. It discusses how not just musicians and artists are creative, but how anyone willing to put effort into curating the right mindset is able to unleash their full creative potential, allowing for us to increase happiness and success in both our professional and personal spheres. MUST READ for anyone looking to start a new idea or company.

Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

First published in 1992, Cameron’s Artist’s Way, has become a cornerstone work when it comes to the subject of creativity. Throughout this book she lays out a comprehensive guide to recovering/establishing your creativity and how it can help you connect with yourself, your peers, and your work, while also establishing the connection as one akin to spirituality. A must read for anyone looking to find their creative voice.

The School of Life: An Emotional Education, Alain de Botton and The School of Life

For most, we spend our formative years in school learning facts, figures and theories. However the thing never talked about, and often most needed, is how to live a life of fulfillment. Established over a decade ago by philosopher Alain de Bottom, The School of Life, and this book of the same name, aims to help individuals both survive and thrive in a world that does not teach emotional intelligence. Through its collection of research, this book is in short a crash course on emotional maturity, and is a guide rooted in the practical, the achievable, and most importantly, the satisfaction we all deserve.

The Fragile Earth, David Remnick and Henry Finder

The Fragile Earth features some of the most impactful work written on climate change from the last three decades. Taking readers across the globe, through fields and labs, to offer its readers a comprehensive understanding of the global climate emergency. Written to provide context, passion and solutions, this book looks at our past, present, and future of the planet

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