Emerald Cities

coverFitzgerald, Joan (2010) Emerald Cities: Urban sustainability and economic development. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Local Money

North, Peter (2010) Local Money: How to Make It Happen in Your Community. Transition Books: Devon, UK.Cover

Planning and Community Development

CoverTyler, Norman and Robert Ward (2011) Planning and Community Development: A Guide for the 21st Century. New York, NY: WW Norton and Company.

Tell to Win

Guber, Peter (2011) Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story. New York, NY: Crown Business.Cover

It’s ironic in a book about the power of storytelling that I found myself wanting to scream, “Get to the point!” Storytelling is powerful but I guess the lesson learned is that it has its place but sometimes we just want more how-to.

The Social Animal

Brooks, David (2011) The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement. New York, NY: Random House.Cover

Resilience Thinking

coverWalker, Brian and David Salt (2006) Resilience Thinking: Sustaining ecosystems and people in a changing world. London: Island Press.

The Great Reset

CoverFlorida, Richard (2010) The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity. New York, NY: Harper Collins.


Alone Together

Turkle, Sherry (2011) Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York: Basic Books.

Linking Social and Ecological Systems

CoverBerkes, Fikret and Carl Folke (eds.) (2000) Linking Social and Ecological Systems: Management practices and social mechanisms for building resilience. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. As we move into uncertain ecological times, resilience is a critical concept, one that we should be managing toward.


Buettner, Dan (2010) Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way. Washington DC: National Geographic.