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: 

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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. 

    The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

    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.

    The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

    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…


    Founded in 2002, our friends at Better World Books are truly…well…’better’ booksellers. Their B Corporation Certification says so. As does the fact that at Better World Books, they “believe profit is not the only way to measure business success.” 

    It wouldn’t be unreasonable to consider these folks one of the most ‘socially responsible’ online bookstores. 

    Each time you buy a book, Better World Books donates a book to someone in need. Simple. 

    The Better World Books team offers to offset the carbon emissions from the shipping and handling of your book sale, they’ve donated well over $28,000,000 to fund literacy and libraries and have reused or recycled over 300 million books!

    Buy better when buying online books, and shop with Better World Books. We do!


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    Independent bookstores play an essential role in local communities and economies. 

    Contrast that with buying books with Amazon or another national chain…if you spend that $100 with them (a ‘big’ bookseller), only $43 will go back into your local community’s economy.

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