5 impact readings of August 2020

Lily Cole. Who Cares Wins: Reasons for Optimism in our Changing World

A rousing call to action, this book will leave you feeling hopeful that we can make a difference in the midst of an age of turmoil, destruction, and uncertainty. The climate crisis, mass extinctions, political polarization, extreme inequality - the world faces terrifying challenges that threaten to divide us, yet Lily Cole argues that it is up to us to actively choose optimism, collaborate, make changes, and define what is possible. Cole writes: "We are the ancestors of our future. The choices we make now and the actions we take today will define and transform future generations." Having collaborated with experts working on solutions to humanity's biggest challenges, Cole distills a vision for a sustainable and peaceful future.

John Zinkin. The Challenge of Sustainability (The Alexandra Lajoux Corporate Governance)

The Challenge of Sustainability: Corporate Governance in a Complicated World reviews the evolution of five types of corporate governance and their different sustainability objectives. It discusses the challenges for boards in achieving sustainability from an environmental, economic, employment, and social perspective and introduces the concept of a political tragedy of the commons if boards do what is in the best interests of their profitability only, without considering their responsibilities and unintended consequences for their stakeholders. It explains how volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity complicate making sustainable decisions. This book explores ways of helping prevent such negative outcomes.

Michael O'Leary, Warren Valdmanis. Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism

This provocative book takes us inside the fight to save capitalism from itself. Corporations are broken, reflecting no purpose deeper than profit. But the tools we are relying on to fix them—corporate social responsibility, divestment, impact investing, and government control—risk making our problems worse. With lively storytelling and careful analysis, O’Leary and Valdmanis cut through the tired dogma of current economic thinking to reveal a hopeful truth: If we can make our corporations accountable to a deeper purpose, we can make capitalism both prosperous and good. 

Fareeha Mahmood. The Impact Mind: Unlocking Your Ability to Create Change

Are you striving to effect positive change in your community or the world at large? In her book The Impact Mind: Unlocking Your Ability to Create Change, author Fareeha Mahmood uncovers the 14 key principles that can help you become a more impactful individual and make a difference in your society. The Impact Mind is a non-fiction book that speaks to driven and ambitious individuals who are looking to explore impact-oriented roles and become socially conscious thinkers. You will love this book if you are curious to learn how to maximize your impact and shape your life around your mission.

Trista Bridges, Donald Eubank. Leading Sustainably: The Path to Sustainable Business and How the SDGs Changed Everything

Inspired by the launch of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the book captures the ideas of more than 100 change makers from around the world about how business is putting sustainability at the core of strategy to survive, thrive, and realign its interests with society’s. Leading Sustainably looks at how sustainability has evolved in a business context, offering powerful insights, key facts, and guidance on building sustainability capability within companies, measuring and managing impact, sustainable finance’s transformation, and other topics critical to aligning businesses’ central activities with sustainable principles.

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