Spirit Level (book review)

coverWilkinson, Richard and Kate Pickett (2009) The Spirit Level: Why greater equality makes societies stronger. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press.

Short History of Progress

cover Wright, Ronald (2004) A Short History of Progress. New York, NY: Carroll and Graf Publishers.

Color of Wealth (book review)

coverLui, Meizhu et al (2006) The Color of Wealth: The story behind the US racial wealth divide. New York, NY: The New Press.

Getting Green Done

Schendler, Auden (2009) Getting Green Done. New York, NY: Public Affairs.

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Klare, Michael 2008) Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The new Geopolitics of Energy. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books.

City Making and Urban Governance in the Americas

Irasabal, Clara (2005) City Making and Urban Governance in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland. Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
If you want an unvarnished look at two of the ‘paragons’ of sustainable cities, warts and all, take a look at this book. It reads like a dissertation (which it probably is) and includes some editorial errors (things missing like an X where she meant to put in a number for Portland’s population) this is nonetheless an interesting back-story to how Curitiba and Portland came to be what they are.

Sustainability Champion's Guidebook

Willard, Bob (2009) The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Changing People's Lives

Kottler, Jeffrey and Mike Marriner (2009) Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Global Human Rights. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.
Not what I expected. This book is personal stories about volunteer experiences and internships. It might be helpful as preparation for voluntourism vacations.

Skeptical Economist

Aldred, Jonathan (2009) The Skeptical Economist: Revealing the Ethics inside Economics. London: Earthscan.
Imagine a philosopher waxing eloquent about economics….not a pretty picture. On one page, with the exception of three lines, it’s all one paragraph. Thank heavens he’s good a using analogies. It’s actually a fairly interesting read, as he rips apart the prevailing assumptions of economists, which include:
Economic growth is always good
People should get what they want
People act rationally
More choice is better

Good Governance for Nonprofits

Laughlin, Fredric and Robert Andringa (2007) Good Governance for Nonprofits. New York, NY: Amacom.
This might have better been titled How to Write a Board Policy Manual for Nonprofits. It provides a good overview of what to include, along with good tips about how to set up and manage a nonprofit board. I appreciated that they were specific about, for example, when an executive committee is helpful and not.
It’s organized around their 8 steps:
Assign a coordinator
Start with a template
Fill in the template with known data