Book Club


Abundance by Peter Diamandis

“Quite simply, good news doesn’t catch our attention. Bad news sells because the amygdala is always looking for something to fear.” 

This was the book that started us off. It is a compendium of technological advances that could make a huge difference in our collective future, but need to be seen as a pattern to be appreciated. We loved many of the ideas and the general optimism but felt it needed cultural components to support and manage the technologies.

Drawdown by Paul Hawken

“The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense when it doesn't make sense to be hopeful.”

There are many good ideas here, with the numbers to back them up. Mostly this book is about going beyond the standard ideas and thinking about social, technological, and cultural issues as data-driven solutions.


Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown

"If we are to overcome the problems we face, we need what I have called a sense of universal responsibility rooted in love and kindness for our human brothers and sisters. In our present state of affairs, the very survival of humankind depends on people developing concern for the whole of humanity, not just their own community or nation. The reality of our situation impels us to act and think more clearly."

This new time calls for a redefinition of the world and our place in it. This book is about how to approach the potential of these new times.


The Green Boat by Mary Pipher

“We can deal with our cultural and environmental crises only after we deal with our human crises of trauma, denial, and emotional paralysis. This will require that most difficult of all human endeavors, facing our own despair. This involves waking from our trance of denial, facing our own pain and sorrow, accepting the world as it is, adapting, and living more intentionally.” 

Mary Pipher applies her dual backgrounds as a psychologist and an environmental activist to our current situation. 

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