GOODCo: Five Books to Inspire Your Enterprise
Ryan Martens, founder and chief technology officer of GOOD Company finalist Rally Software, recommends five books that have shaped his approach to business, his company and life.
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This App Tells You How Your Town Will Look After Decades of Climate Change How one of the world’s biggest problems will look in your hometown.
Meet the Army of Moms Now Patrolling Chicago’s Toughest Streets The police couldn’t keep Chicago kids safe. So these moms stepped in instead.
Interracial Couples Open Up About How Stereotypes Have Affected Their Relationships Racial stereotypes are no joke, but these couples try to see the funny side.
Solar-Powered Backpacks Bring Portable Light To South African Schoolchildren How one group turned recycled materials into hope, providing much needed light for studying.
Iranian and Israeli Special Olympics Athletes Pose an Example for Sports Diplomacy Players from the two nations became friends on the flight to Los Angeles.
So Here’s Exactly How Much is Your Body Worth The heart is crazy expensive.
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
By Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins
416 pages, Back Bay Books, $10.81
I love this book: Chapter 7, on Muda, Flow and Service, formed the basis for Rally Software. The work in this book, like Cradle to Cradle, gives you so many great examples about how commerce could be different, better and work to make a more sustainable society all at the same time. This book gives me hope and purpose.
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
By Colin Beavan
288 pages, Picador, $10.20
I love the humor in this story and the net-zero conclusion. You need to keep track of your Net score, not just your reduction of your negative impacts. For many of us, amplifying the positive work we are doing is way more impacting than racing to zero negative impact.
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
By Eric Ries
The subtitle is just perfect: "How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses." This is a very approachable book for any business manager, and is a great gift. If you read his Lessons Learned blog, you have read the book.
Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model
Wow. Anderson pushed me to confront the issues of climate change with bold steps in the business. His mission-zero concept is an amazing demonstration of the kind of steps necessary to lead your company and change commerce.
It was a real bummer to see him pass away in 2011. His FLOR carpet is all over my house and office.
Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering