100 Must Read Books For Global Changemakers & Social Innovators


If you were to ask 55+ global change-making leaders what books they would recommend to social entrepreneurs and innovators, which ones would come out on top?

We're happy to say that we have the answer!

The following list comprises of the 100 most recommended books from our social impact podcast series in 2017. Which ones have you read?

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." We hope that insights from the following books build on your knowledge and provide some spark to get out there and continue to create some great impact in this world.

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The top 100 books for global changemakers


Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard



Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman      



The Art of The Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki



Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela



21. Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken

22. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein

23. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

24. Solving Tough Problems by Adam Kahane

25. Startup Communities: Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City by Brad Feld

26. Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Talib

27. The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change The World by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan

28. This Is Service Design Thinking by Stickdorn and Schneider

29. The Purpose Economy by Aaron Hurst

30. Social Enterprise In Anytown by John Pearce

31. Gamestorming by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo

32. The Blue Economy by Gunter Pauli

33. Emotionally Durable Design by Jonathan Chapman

34. The Four Dimensional Human by Lawrence Scott

35. The New Culture Of Learning by Douglas Thomas and John Sealy Brown

36. Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

37. Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl

38. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

39. The Field Guide To Human Centred Design by Ideo

40. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

41. Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley

42. Birth of The Chaordic Age by Dee Hock

43. Happy City by Charles Montgomery

44. Recoded City by Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant

45. Think Like A Commoner by David Bollier

46. Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research For The Front End Of Design by Liz Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers

47. Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

48. Failed It! How to Turn Mistakes Into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up by Erik Kessels

49. Ten Types of Innovation by Larry Kelley

50. Talking to Humans by Giff Constable (free PDF)

51. Education and the Commercial Mindset by Samuel E. Abrams

52. Educar para ser: Vivencias de una escuela activa by Rebeca Wild

53. The Gift by Lewis Hyde

54. Ecological Communication by Niklas Luhmann

55. The Coming Community by Giorgio Agamben

56. Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Du Flo

57. Digital Kenya by Bitange Ndemo and Tim Weiss

58. Walk Out, Walk On by Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

59. Here Comes Everybody - The Power of Organising Without Organisations and Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

60. The Seven Day Weekend by Ricardo Semler

61. The Starfish And The Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom

62. Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works by Roger Martin and Sally Osberg

63. Dark Matter and Trojan Horses by Dan Hill

64. Hooked: Creating Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal

65. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Stephen Johnson

66. Fooled By Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

67. This Is Service Design Doing by Lawrence, Schneider, Stickdorn and Hormess

68. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got by Jay Abraham

69. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

70. Design for Sustainable Change by Anne Chick and Paul Micklethwaite

71. Design Revolution by Emily Pilloton

72. Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss

73. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

74. Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed by Jared Diamond

75. Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

76. My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem

77. The Clean Money Revolution by Joel Solomon

78. Beautiful Trouble, A Toolbox For Revolution, assembled by Andrew Boyd

79. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

80. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

81. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

82. One Plus One Equals Three by Dave Trott

83. The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

84. Creating Shared Value by Michael Porter & Mark Kramer

85. Conscious Business by Fred Kofman

86. Firms of Endearment or Conscious Capitalism by Raj Sisodia

87. The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer

88. People With Purpose by Kevin Murray

89. The Purpose Effect by Dan Pontefract

90. Drawdown—The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warmingby Paul Hawken

91. The New Grand Strategy by Joel Makower, Mark Mykleby and Patrick Doherty

92. Integrated Investing: Impact Investing with Head, Heart, Body, and Soul by Bonnie Foley-Wong

93. Overcrowded by Roberto Verganti

94. Glut: Mastering Information Through The Ages by Alex Wright

95. Mission Inc. by Kevin Lynch and Julius Walls

96. Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works by Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley

97. Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice by Rory Ridley-Duff and Mike Bull

98. An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin

99. Venture Capital For Dummies by Nicole Gravagna and Peter Adams

100. The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

What's a booklist without a bonus? On Episode 1 with Steve Williams, we were also recommended Buddism Without Beliefs and The Magic Pudding.

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