Here are a few of the non-fiction books the team shared, with a brief synopsis:
- An Army of Problem Solvers by Shaun Loney: One of Canada’s leading social enterprise developers offers good news at a time when we need it most (we also recommend checking out The Beautiful Bailout)
- A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus: Calls for a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown: Learn to embrace vulnerability, live wholeheartedly and engage courageously in your life (The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring to Lead are also must-reads)
- Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them by Shakil Choudhury: Identify your bias and discover practical ways to break the prejudice habits we’ve all learned in order to tackle systemic discrimination
- Do the Kind Thing by Daniel Lubetzky: Advice for success in business, life and building a more compassionate world
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: Learn about the three elements of true motivation – autonomy, mastery and purpose
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth: Why talent doesn’t guarantee success – and what other factors are more crucial
- Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact by Michael Gelobter: How the lean startup concept can be applied to the social sector
- Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work by Indi Young: Focusing on people can help you make better decisions, improve your strategy and collaborate successfully
- Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy: Simple techniques to liberate yourself from fear in high-pressure moments and empower others to do the same
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain: How introverts can champion innovation
- Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie: How to make a difference in the world
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek: Great leaders inspire everyone to take action
- Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results by David Peter Stroh: What systems thinking is and why it’s important in your work
- Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff: A manifesto about how when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace
- The B Corp Handbook, Second Edition: How You Can Use Business as a Force for Good by Ryan Honeyman, Tiffany Jana and Rose Marcario: Using business as a force for good can be better for consumers, employees, local communities, the environment, and your company’s long-term bottom line
- The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line by Jason Haber: Social entrepreneurship is creating jobs, growing the economy and making a positive difference
- The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few by Marjorie Kelly, Ted Howard and Naomi Klein: A compelling vision of an equitable, ecologically sustainable alternative that meets the essential needs of all people
- The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World by Aaron Hurst: How the quest for self-expression is reshaping corporate behaviour and creating new economic opportunities
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: Little things can make a big difference
- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki: Uncover why large groups of people (not elite individuals) are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, and even predicting the future
- Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows and Diana Wright: Insights on problem solving – from the personal to the global
- WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World by Craig Kielburger, Holly Branson and Marc Keilburger: A blueprint for living by your personal values, achieving career success and changing the world
What might you add to this list? Tag us on social @georgiancollege
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This article was originally published in October 2018. It was updated and reshared in October 2019.