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The New Economy Library: Books for Building a Better World

Happy #BookLoversDay! For those of you who love books and innovative ideas about how we can shift into a more equal, less wasteful, more sustainable economy – here’s a list of books for you <3

This list includes books featuring very practical ways we can begin building the new economy right now, as well as more philosophical approaches to how we can connect with our current situation in a meaningful, inspiring way to begin writing a new story for humans and the planet.

Human beings are the most social creature on this planet. When we get the story right, we move quickly. – Jeremy Rifkin

This list is merely intended as a beginning – are there books you think should be included? Please let us know on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and we’ll add them! Let’s grow our knowledge base and build a better world together #CommunityStrong. Eventually, we would like to have ‘new economy libraries’ at each of our locations so you can borrow books about the new economy alongside your camping gear, tools, board games, children’s toys, event supplies and sports equipment. That way, you can participate in the new economy and read about it, too 😉

 

 

The New Human Rights Movement, by Peter Joseph

When this higher view is taken – one that positions the individual in a network of factors, bypassing the illusion of singular will and autonomy – a more holistic and effective sense of the problem solving emerges. As such, social activism must become a social science in and of itself. The synergetic, biopsychosocial nature of the human condition needs to be not only understood but also used as a strategy for instigating needed social change.

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Curing Affluenza, by Richard Denniss

People who have been brought up in a culture that encourages wasteful consumption cannot be blamed for their eagerness to replace last year’s coolest gadget with this year’s. Those who want to stop the spread of affluenza need to focus on creating smarter, more attractive patterns of behaviour, rather than chiding people for their current conduct and consumption patterns. – Richard Denniss

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Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing, by Thomas Widlok

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

We see a world of abundance, not limits. In the midst of a great deal of talk about reducing the human ecological footprint, we offer a different vision. What if humans designed products and systems that celebrate an abundance of human creativity, culture, and productivity? That are so intelligent and safe, our species leaves an ecological footprint to delight in, not lament? – Michael Braungart

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The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing For Abundance

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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, by Kate Raworth

For over 70 years economics has been fixated on GDP, or national output, as its primary measure of progress. That fixation has been used to justify extreme inequalities of income and wealth coupled with unprecedented destruction of the living world. For the twenty-first century a far bigger goal is needed: meeting the human rights of every person within the means of our life-giving planet. – Kate Raworth

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Change Everything, by Christian Felber

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The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, by Jason Hickel

“Only reuse and recycle have gained any kind of traction, and specifically recycling because it allows a continuation of your consumer patterns without any threats to the status quo. To reduce consumption is not something that’s compatible with capitalism, it’s not compatible with the imperative for growth. So that’s where the real challenge lies.” – Jason Hickel

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Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work and Remake the World, by Annie Lowry

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Basic Income: And How We Can Make it Happen, by Guy Standing

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Transition to Common Work: Building Community at the Working Centre, by Now and Stephanie Moncini

 

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The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene, by Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Mason

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Project Drawdown: the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, by Paul Hawken

We are stealing from the future, selling it to the present and calling it GDP. – Paul Hawken

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The Caribou Taste Different Now: Inuit Elders Observe Climate Change

The Pan-Canadian/cross-community collaborative effort in this important publication, which brings together the Elders and knowledge holders as they share their observations, is absolutely invaluable.” -Sheila Watt Cloutier

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism VS the Climate, by Naomi Klein

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The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard

We depend on this planet to eat, drink, breathe, and live. Figuring out how to keep our life support system running needs to be our number-one priority. Nothing is more important than finding a way to live together – justly, respectfully, sustainably, joyfully – on the only planet we can call home.

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Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

Recycling is better–I won’t write “good”–for the environment. But without economics–without supply and demand of raw materials–recycling is nothing more than a meaningless exercise in glorifying garbage. No doubt it’s better than throwing something into an incinerator, and worse than fixing something that can be refurbished. It’s what you do if you can’t bear to see something landfilled. Placing a box or a can or a bottle in a recycling bin doesn’t mean you’ve recycled anything, and it doesn’t make you a better, greener person: it just means you’ve outsourced your problem. Sometimes that outsourcing is near home; and sometimes it’s overseas. But wherever it goes, the global market and demand for raw materials is the ultimate arbiter.

Fortunately, if that realization leaves you feeling bad, there’s always the alternative: stop buying so much crap in the first place. – Adam Minter

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Geographies of Trash, by Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy

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How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time, by Will McCallum

Plastic is not going away without a fight. We need a movement made up of billions of individual acts, bringing people together from all backgrounds and all cultures, the ripples of which will be felt from the smallest village to the tallest skyscrapers. – Will McCallum

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The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time, by Paul Connett

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Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

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Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, by Bea Johnson

Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest. – Bea Johnson


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Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

We only have a finite amount of time on this earth. It can be spent accumulating monetary wealth, or it can be spent in a meaningful way—the latter of which doesn’t necessarily preclude someone from the former, but the relentless pursuit of riches doesn’t lead to a meaningful life. – Joshua Fields Millburn

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Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism, by Rachel Aust

When you’re trying to live life as a minimalist, you should not subscribe to the concept of shopping as a hobby or entertainment. You shop strictly because you need something, not to kill time. – Rachel Aust

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Zero Marginal Cost Society, by Jeremy Rifkin

Your generation is moving from ownership to access, from markets to networks, from consumerism to sustainability, from market capital to social capital. Does this all sound familiar? It’s a revolution. – Jeremy Rifkin

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Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, by Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl

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Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy, by Robin Hahnel and Erik Olin

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Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World, by Don and Alex Tapscott

We believe that the economy works best when it works for everyone, and this new platform is an engine of inclusion.

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I’m @itsahashtaglife, a social media manager, storyteller and blogger for non-profits and charities in Toronto. I take the tools and techniques of traditional digital media marketing and apply them to organizations working hard to shift our world into a new story – one that is more sustainable and supportive of people and the planet.

 

 

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2 thoughts

  • great collection of books to read.
    maybe a “green” book club could be started in neighbourhoods/towms etc, to engage more people.
    I would be interested in joining one, and I’m not a reader!

    • That is a great suggestion – and someone else has mentioned the same thing to us on social media! This will likely be something we get going in the future. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and leave a thoughtful comment <3

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