Planet Home: living green

Planet Home is a guide to going green, but this book goes a step further and challenges readers to think deeply about how our actions and purchases are part of a much larger planetary system than we may be aware of. This book was written in 2010, but it is just as, if not more, potent now in 2015. Making ‘green’ the new normal goes beyond the material, and...

How Multi-National Business Holds the US Economy Hostage

In Jeffrey Sachs’ new book, The Price of Civilization, he states in no uncertain terms that the US economy is held hostage to a narrow group of corporate interests. ”Corporate wealth translates into political power through campaign financing, corporate lobbying and the revolving door of jobs between government and industry; and political power...

The Startup Playbook

Fantastic new book out today that I highly recommend by entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author David S. Kidder called THE STARTUP PLAYBOOK: The Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs.  Kidder shares the raw experiences of some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and CEOs, revealing their...

Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop Per Child

Just released today, Learning to Change the World by Charles Kane, Walter Bender, Jody Cornish and Neal Donahue delves into the implications of one of the largest social entrepreneurial initiatives, One Laptop Per Child. From Amazon’s description: Learning to Change the World is the story of One Laptop per Child—a story that will resonate with...

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts by Lawrence Lessig

“There is a feeling today among too many Americans that we might not make it. Not that the end is near, or that doom is around the corner, but that a distinctly American feeling of inevitability, of greatness—culturally, economically, politically—is gone. That we have become Britain. Or Rome. Or Greece. A generation ago Ronald Reagan rallied the nation to...

America the Possible?

Guess which country I’m describing? This country has: • the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children; • the greatest inequality of incomes; • the lowest social mobility; • the lowest score on the UN’s index of “material well-being of children”; • the worst score on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index; • the highest carbon dioxide...