Book Lists, Notes, & Reviews
Our Read Ensemble book reviews and book lists for the inspired changemaker. Catch what our Grow Ensemble team is reading and thinking about. Learn more. Dive into a new book that’ll inspire you to change the world.
The Latest Read Ensemble Lists & Reviews:
The Social Entrepreneur’s Book List: Getting Introduced, Inspired, and Started in the World of Change-Making (2020)
The Social Entrepreneur’s Book List: Introduced, Inspired, and Started in the World of Change-Making (2020)Want the audio that goes with this post? Listen here:Subscribe:hat’s better than a new book, right? Maybe a new book that also challenges...
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman When the waves are good, surf. When there’s powder on the mountains, ski. Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard didn’t set out to be a businessperson. As he mentions in this very book, Let My People Go...
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Want the audio version of this post? Listen here:Subscribe:n this post, we’ll share with you our experience of reading and digesting Jacqueline Novogratz’s The Blue...
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Every. Single. Monday. We send out our Better World Weekly Newsletter to change-makers and innovators from all sectors all over the world. In it, we share our latest ‘Read Ensemble Reads,’ be them new articles, books, or essays that we feel are worth chatting about. Don’t miss the conversation.
Reading Lists for the Changemaker:
Our Grow Ensemble team is full of voracious readers! And so, below you can find some of our most recent curated lists of the ‘best reads’ by topic, interest, or type of changemaker. Happy reading!
Book Notes & Reviews:
For more lengthy discussions, reviews, and notes of some of our favorite Read Ensemble Reads, we publish longer-form write-ups. If you are interested in a deeper dive into any of the books you know we’ve read before, these are for you. Warning: there are spoilers! Maybe read the book first. Or not, your choice.
In autobiographical fashion, Novogratz shares her journey from a career in international banking to supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in African communities in her book, The Blue Sweater.
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman is part biography, part compilation of Chouinard’s philosophies that underlie what has become one of the most successful and well-regarded outdoor apparel brands in existence: Patagonia.
More to come!…
Read Ensemble Recent Recommendations:
For many of the best books our team hasn’t had the opportunity to write-up or discuss further yet, you can find those here. A few titles we think you might like if you, like us, want to leave the world better than you found it.
Notes on Better Book Buying…
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