Social Change Reading List

Social Change
Book Club

The Social Change Book Club meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Heine Bros. Coffee in St. Matthews, 119 Chenoweth Lane, Louisville, Kentucky

The Social Change Book Club is open to everyone who is interested in understanding, participating, leading, or supporting social change.

People just show up if they are interested--no RSVP, commitment, etc. It is great when people have read the book, but that is not a requirement to come and discuss.

We got this going because there is a lot to learn about how to make social change happen and people who are interested in changing the world need opportunities to share stories and experience community with others who care.

Each month we select a book and get together to discuss. Selections rotate among three themes: social changes, how we work with others to make change happen, and the inner qualities needed to bring change into the world.

Here are the club’s books:

July, 2006
Letters to a Young Activist
by Todd Gitlin

August, 2006
The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D.

September, 2006
Appreciative Intelligence
by Tojo Thatchenkery and Carol Metzker

October, 2006
Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time
by Margaret Wheatley

November, 2006
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind & Spirit, 
a novel by Daniel Quinn

December, 2006
The Tipping Point
, by Malcolm Gladwell

January, 2007
Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer
by Jim Collins

February, 2007
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

March, 2007
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd

April, 2007
Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future
or Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society by Peter M. Senge, Joseph Jaworski, C. Otto Scharmer, and Betty Sue Flowers

June, 2007
The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters
by Peter Block

August, 2007
Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement
by Cynthia Gibson

September, 2007
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
 by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

October, 2007
Thinking Points: Communicating our American Values and Vision
 by George Lakoff

November, 2007
The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
by Wendell Berry

December, 2007
The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry
by Sue Annis Hammond

January, 2008
The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back
by Bill Shore

February, 2008
The Covenant with Black America
 edited by Tavis Smiley

March, 2008
Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
by Margaret J. Wheatley

April, 2008
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding
by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.

May, 2008
Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World 
by Bill Plotkin

June, 2008
The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D.

August, 2008
Community: The Structure of Belonging 
by Peter Block

September, 2008
Louisville 2035
by Steve Wiser

October, 2008
The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These 
by Christina Baldwin

November, 2008
Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening and Creating New Realities
by Adam Kahane

December, 2008
In the Presence of Fear: Three Essays for a Changed World
by Wendell Berry

January, 2009
The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
 by Van Jones

February, 2009
The Tao of Personal Leadership
 by Diane Dreher

March, 2009
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
 by Seth Godwin

April, 2009
Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation
by Rebecca Ryan

May, 2009
Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self-Organizing World by Harrison Owen

June, 2009
Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forest
by Erik Reece

July, 2009
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brained People Will Rule the Future
by Daniel Pink

August, 2009
Make Hope Real
by Rich Harwood— Available on line

September, 2009
The Art Of Possibility
by Benjamin  Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander

October, 2009
Why Don't Students Like School:
by Daniel Willingham

November, 2009
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough

December, 2009
Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World
by Wendell Berry

January, 2010
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
by Chris Hedges

February, 2010
Letters to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

March, 2010
Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change by Adam Kahane

May, 2010
Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street by Jim Wallis

June, 2010
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

July, 2010
Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good), by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey

August, 2010
The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ron Heifetz, Marty Linsky with Alexander Grashow

September, 2010
Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

October, 2010
The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods by John McKnight and Peter Block

November, 2010
Journey to the East by Herman Hesse

December, 2010
The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace by John Paul Lederach

January, 2011
Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity by Peggy Holman

February, 2011
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

March, 2011
A Hidden Wholeness: the Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer

April, 2011
Practically Radical: Not So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by William C. Taylor

May, 2011
The Social Animal: Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement by David Brooks

June, 2011
Poke the Box by Seth Godin

July, 2011
Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now
by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

August, 2011
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

September, 2011
A Spirituality for Brokenness: Discovering Your Deepest Self in Difficult Times by Terry Taylor

October, 2011
No Meeting

November, 2011
Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer  
by Duncan Watts

December, 2011
The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry

January, 2012
That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

February, 2012
Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz

March, 2012
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong 

April, 2012
Betterness: Economics For Humans  by Umair Haque

May, 2012
What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel

June, 2012
The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain by George Lakoff

July, 2012
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

August, 2012
Stop Stealing Dreams: What Is School For?  by Seth Godin 

September, 2012
Priceless Money: Banking Time for Changing Times  
by Edgar S. Cahn

October, 2012
No meeting

November, 2012
How to Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World  by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

December, 2012
It All Turns on Affection: The 2012 Jefferson Lecture by Wendell Berry

January, 2013
So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World  by Margaret Wheatley

February, 2013
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World by Tony Wagner

March, 2013
Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory by Neil Johnson

April, 2013
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

May 2013, No meeting

June, 2013
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

July, 2013
Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams

August, 2014
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitch 

September, 2014
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success  by Carol Dweck

October, 2014
Radical Inclusivity: Expanding Our Minds Beyond Dualistic Thinking by Jeff Carreira

November, 2014
The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ron Heifetz, Marty Linsky with Alexander Grashow

           December, 2014
The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit by Dimitri Orlov

January, 2015
No Meeting

February, 2015
Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer

March, 2015
Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future by Adam Kahane

April, 2015
Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness by Frederic Laloux

May, 2015
How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody by Abby Covert

June, 2015
Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Bornstein and Susan Davis

July, 2015
The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education by Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge

August, 2015
Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders by Jennifer Garvey Berger, Keith Johnston

September, 2015
SQ 21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth

October, 2015
Laudito Si: On Care of Our Common Home encyclical letter by Pope Francis 

November 16, 2015 
Engaging Compassion Through Intent And Action by Vanessa F. Hurst 

December 21, 2015 
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer

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