Must Read NOW… or Else

Several times throughout the next few months, you’ll see a list of recommended reading. This is the first list. Time is short, you are so busy, but this brief “the must read now or else” list shouldn’t be put aside for later. You’ll see why as you read through the list.

Top Ten starting with number 10:

10. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz Acumen Fund founder Novogratz blends two narratives in this memoir about her years fighting global poverty.

9. The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves by James Tooley

8. Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism by Patricia Aburdene The coming megatrend, Aburdene asserts, will not be driven by external, social, or technological forces so much as the spiritual megatrend.

7. Twitterville by Shel Israel Social media writer Shel Israel shares revealing stories of Twitterville residents, from CEOs to the student who became the first to report the devastation of the Szechuan earthquake; from visionaries trying to raise money for a cause to citizen journalists who outshine traditional media companies.

6. The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam The premise behind Roam’s book is simple: anybody with a pen and a scrap of paper can use visual thinking to work through complex business ideas.

5. A New Earth (Oprah’s Book Club) by Eckhart Tolle

4. Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki “More uncommon common sense from the bestselling author of The Art of the Start.”

3. Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People by G. Richard Shell

2. Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner

1. Design Revolution (100 products that empower people) by Emily Pilloton (Find this on their webpage.) In January of 2008, with a few hundred dollars, a laptop and an outsized conviction that design can change the world, rising San Francisco-based product designer and activist Emily Pilloton launched Project H Design, a radical non-profit that supports, inspires and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design.


One response to “Must Read NOW… or Else

  1. Interesting reading list! Even though I’m not a student of your course I would be interesting in catching up with some of those books i haven’t read yet.

    One thought came to mind – you didn’t recommend any blogs as part of the reading list?

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