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Our Insights 6 Sep 2018

Summer Reading List

By Kate Newbury-Helps

Looking for something to distract you now the evenings are getting darker? We’ve rounded up a selection of the SustainAbility team’s favourite books, podcasts and documentaries we’ve enjoyed this summer.

All In

By David Grayson, Chris Coulter & Mark Lee

Co-authored by Chris Coulter (GlobeScan), Mark Lee (SustainAbility) and David Grayson (Cranfield School of Management), All In identifies the essential attributes of high-impact corporate sustainability leadership and describes how companies can combine and apply those characteristics for future success. Find out more here.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

By Hans Rosling

In his posthumously published book, Rosling dispels incorrect beliefs humans have about the world and shows the ways in which the world is better than we think. Find out more here.

‘It’s refreshing to not only read, but see the progress that’s been made in many areas of human development and be inspired to never be complacent. Thanks, Hans Rosling. We all needed that this year.’ – Denise Delaney

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

by Elizabeth Rush

Rising guides readers through some of the places where climate change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area, weaving firsthand accounts from those facing this choice with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced. Find out more here.

‘Rising is not your average climate change book, an accessible and beautifully written read.’ – Sarah Volkman

Happy Hero

By Solitaire Townsend

The Happy Hero reveals the secret of enjoying a better life and sets out the principles of how to feel good by doing good. Find out more here.

Turning the Tide on Plastic

By Lucy Siegle

Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. Find out more here.

‘If you want to do something on single-use plastics, and want to understand why or how, let Lucy Siegle be your authoritative and passionate guide.’ – Denise Delaney

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

By Andrea Wulf

The Invention of Nature reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Find out more here.

‘Alexander von Humboldt has largely faded from memory, but was responsible for changing the way we perceive and understand nature today, including the concepts of ecology and systems-thinking. His works and travels impacted the works of Darwin, Muir, Emerson, Thoreau, and influenced the creation of the modern environmental movement’ – Jonathan Sim

Other Minds

By Peter Godfrey-Smith

A scuba-diving philosopher of science explores the wonder of cephalopods, smart and playful creatures who live outside the brain-body divide. Find out more here.

This fascinating and empathetic book reminded me that we are not alone(!!) and left me more mindful and feeling a bit more connected with Mother Earth and all of her beloved creatures.‘ – Amy Hawke

Danny in The Valley


Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world – and make loads of money while doing it. Find out more here.

A chance to get inside the minds of people trying to change the world through breakthrough innovations. From Beyond Meat to whatthreewords to Ethereum, this podcast digs into the challenges companies are trying to solve.– Kate Newbury-Helps

Chasing Coral

A Netflix Original Documentary By Jeff Orlowski

A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling adventure to document the disappearance of the world’s coral reefs. Find out more here.


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