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A love of learning. The most inspiring and important publications I came across in 2015.
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A love of learning

Here is a list of the most inspiring and important sustainability and social good publications we came across in 2015.


Theory U and U Lab by Otto Scharmer

A great thesis suggesting that the quality of results we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

A Systems View of Life by Fritjof Capra & Pier Luigi Luisi

Integrating life’s biological, cognitive, social, and ecological dimensions into a single, coherent framework.

Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux

Exploring the global emergence of a new management and organisational paradigm based on self-organisation, wholeness and evolutionary purpose.

Designing for Hope by Dominique Hes & Chrisna du Plessis

How designers can make the shift from ‘doing less harm’ on selective issues, to make a positive contribution to society and living systems.

The Nature Principle by Richard Louv

Why the future will belong to the nature-smart. “We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not see. And touch. And hear,”

The B-Corp Handbook by B-Corporation

Redefining success in business, showing how using business as a force for good can be better for people, business and the planet.

The Master and his Emissary by Ian McGilchrist

Exploring how the divided brain has influenced the making of the western world 

A Force for Good by The Dalai Lama & Daniel Goleman

The Dalai Lama’s vision for our world. Exploring how every compassion-driven human act – no matter how small – is integral for a more peaceful, harmonious world.

Altruism by Matthieu Ricard

Eastern philosophy meets western science, exploring how compassion can not only change your life, but can also change the world. 


Shifting from Sustainability to Regeneration by Bill Reed

A great paper exploring why making the shift from a fragmented, to a whole systems approach to design is a significant cultural leap that society needs to make.

Conscious Leadership for Sustainability by Barrett Brown

A PHD paper exploring how leaders and change agents design and engage in complex change initiatives.

Mindsets in Action by Cynthia McEwen & John Schmidt

Exploring the often untapped potential of a leaders mindset.

Trim Tab: The Equity Issue by the International Living Future Institute

Sharing stories of inspiring people who are working toward communities that are inclusive and equitable for every person.

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices by the World Green Building Council

Presenting the “overwhelming evidence” that green office design can significantly impact the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

The WELL Building Standard by the International WELL Building Institute

A new tool and design philosophy that puts people’s health and wellness at the centre of design.