Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Sustainable Business Development. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

A New York Times bestseller Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations.

  • Author: Douglas W. Tallamy
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Illustrated edition (February 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-1604699005
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches


2. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great, Book 2)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took 18 truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?" Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

  • Author: Jim Collins
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Quality Control & Management, Total Quality Management


3. Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

Entrepreneurs have a problem: startups. Almost all startups either fail or never truly reach a sustainable size. Despite the popularity of entrepreneurship, we haven't engineered a better way to start...until now. What if you could skip the startup phase and generate profitable revenue on day one? In Buy Then Build , acquisition entrepreneur Walker Deibel shows you how to begin with a sustainable, profitable company and grow from there. You'll learn how to: buy an existing company rather than starting from scratch; use ownership as a path to financial independence; spend a fraction of the time raising capital; find great brokers, generate your own "deal flow", and see new listings early; uncover the best opportunities and biggest risks of any company; navigate the acquisition process; become a successful acquisition entrepreneur; and more. Buy Then Build is your guide to outsmart the startup game, live the entrepreneurial lifestyle, and reap the financial rewards of ownership now.

  • Author: Walker Deibel
  • Genre: Business & Money, Economics, Development & Growth


4. Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

The classic book on systems thinking, with more than half a million copies sold worldwide! "This is a fabulous book… This book opened my mind and reshaped the way I think about investing."— Forbes "Thinking in Systems  is required reading for anyone hoping to run a successful company, community, or country. Learning how to think in systems is now part of change-agent literacy. And this is the best book of its kind."—Hunter Lovins In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth —the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet— Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems , is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life. Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

  • Author: Donella H. Meadows
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (December 3, 2008)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Business Culture
  • ISBN: 978-1603580557
  • Dimensions: 6.02 x 0.79 x 9.02 inches


5. Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

"A pioneering work of science."― Business Insider "This book helped launch modern environmental computer modeling and began our current globally focused environmental debate . . . . a scientifically rigorous and credible warning."― The Nation   In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global 'overshoot,' or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. Now, preeminent environmental scientists Donnella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows have teamed up again to update and expand their original findings in The Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Global Update . Meadows, Randers, and Meadows are international environmental leaders recognized for their groundbreaking research into early signs of wear on the planet. Citing climate change as the most tangible example of our current overshoot, the scientists now provide us with an updated scenario and a plan to reduce our needs to meet the carrying capacity of the planet. Over the past three decades, population growth and global warming have forged on with a striking semblance to the scenarios laid out by the World3 computer model in the original Limits to Growth . While Meadows, Randers, and Meadows do not make a practice of predicting future environmental degradation, they offer an analysis of present and future trends in resource use, and assess a variety of possible outcomes. In many ways, the message contained in Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update is a warning. Overshoot cannot be sustained without collapse. But, as the authors are careful to point out, there is reason to believe that humanity can still reverse some of its damage to Earth if it takes appropriate measures to reduce inefficiency and waste. Written in refreshingly accessible prose, Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update is a long anticipated revival of some of the original voices in the growing chorus of sustainability. Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Update is a work of stunning intelligence that will expose for humanity the hazy but critical line between human growth and human development.

  • Author: Donella H. Meadows
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 3rd edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Economics
  • ISBN: 978-1931498586
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches


6. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

A Financial Times "Best Book of 2017: Economics” 800-CEO-Read “Best Business Book of 2017: Current Events & Public Affairs” Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike. That’s why it is time, says renegade economist Kate Raworth, to revise our economic thinking for the 21 st century. In Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like. Raworth handpicks the best emergent ideas―from ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science―to address this question: How can we turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow? Simple, playful, and eloquent, Doughnut Economics offers game-changing analysis and inspiration for a new generation of economic thinkers.

  • Author: Kate Raworth
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Illustrated edition (March 29, 2018)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1603587969
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches


7. The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

“Innovation” is the hottest buzzword in business. But what if our obsession with finding the next big thing has distracted us from the work that matters most? “The most important book I’ve read in a long time . . . It explains so much about what is wrong with our technology, our economy, and the world, and gives a simple recipe for how to fix it: Focus on understanding what it takes for your products and services to last.”—Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media   It’s hard to avoid innovation these days. Nearly every product gets marketed as being disruptive, whether it’s genuinely a new invention or just a new toothbrush. But in this manifesto on thestate of American work, historians of technology Lee Vinsel and Andrew L. Russell argue that our way of thinking about and pursuing innovation has made us poorer, less safe, and—ironically—less innovative.    Drawing on years of original research and reporting,  The Innovation Delusion  shows how the ideology of change for its own sake has proved a disaster. Corporations have spent millions hiring chief innovation officers while their core businesses tank. Computer science programs have drilled their students on programming and design, even though theoverwhelming majority of jobs are in IT and maintenance. In countless cities, suburban sprawl has left local governments with loads of deferred repairs that they can’t afford to fix. And sometimes innovation even kills—like in 2018 when a Miami bridge hailed for its innovative design collapsed onto  a highway and killed six people.   In this provocative, deeply researched book, Vinsel and Russell tell the story of how we devalued the work that underpins modern life—and, in doing so, wrecked our economy and public infrastructure while lining the pockets of consultants who combine the ego of Silicon Valley with the worst of Wall Street’s greed. The authors offer a compelling plan for how we can shift our focus away from the pursuit of growth at all costs, and back toward neglected activities like maintenance, care, and upkeep.   For anyone concerned by the crumbling state of our roads and bridges or the direction our economy is headed,  The Innovation Delusion  is a deeply necessary reevaluation of a trend we can still disrupt.

  • Author: Lee Vinsel
  • Publisher: Currency (September 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences


8. Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

“She offers something both broad and scarce: a compelling new story about how to create a desirable future.”— New York Times   An award-winning author and leading international economist delivers a hard-hitting and much needed critique of modern capitalism in which she argues that, to solve the massive crises facing us, we must be innovative—we must use collaborative, mission-oriented thinking while also bringing a stakeholder view of public private partnerships which means not only taking risks together but also sharing the rewards.  Capitalism is in crisis. The rich have gotten richer—the 1 percent, those with more than $1 million, own 44 percent of the world's wealth—while climate change is transforming—and in some cases wiping out—life on the planet. We are plagued by crises threatening our lives, and this situation is unsustainable. But how do we fix these problems decades in the making?  Mission Economy  looks at the grand challenges facing us in a radically new way. Global warming, pollution, dementia, obesity, gun violence, mobility—these environmental, health, and social dilemmas are huge, complex, and have no simple solutions. Mariana Mazzucato argues we need to think bigger and mobilize our resources in a way that is as bold as inspirational as the moon landing—this time to the most ‘wicked’ social problems of our time.. We can only begin to find answers if we fundamentally restructure capitalism to make it inclusive, sustainable, and driven by innovation that tackles concrete problems from the digital divide, to health pandemics, to our polluted cities. That means changing government tools and culture, creating new markers of corporate governance, and ensuring that corporations, society, and the government coalesce to share a common goal. We did it to go to the moon. We can do it again to fix our problems and improve the lives of every one of us. We simply can no longer afford not to.

  • Author: Mariana Mazzucato
  • Publisher: Harper Business (March 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government


9. Quitless: The Power of Persistence in Business and Life

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

Now a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-seller! HELICOPTER CRASHES, CORPORATE LAYOFFS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN: UNDERSTANDING THE MINDSET OF THE UNSHAKEABLE !   Every single day there is an entrepreneur that comes to life for the first time – and every single day there is another, who is giving up on their dreams. Eleven letters. That’s all that separates them. Why are some catapulted to great professional heights, where others fail? Persistence .   QUITLESS is a comprehensive anthology of some of the most successful, die-hard, and tirelessly working entrepreneurs in the world. Together they weave a compelling narrative about the cruciality of learning to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the game. Direct from the source, learn the art of responding purposefully, deliberately and pragmatically to the myriad obstacles standing between you and your own personal success story.  Start reading now to: Learn specific tactics and strategies for perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds Develop a mindset that welcomes challenges and adversity via cognitive programming Explore the value and usefulness of failure in developing resilience and new points of view Understand the paramount importance of orienting yourself in the right direction before you unleash your will power Set yourself apart as a forward-thinking leader of tomorrow’s professional landscape Save time, energy and fiscal resources by consistently checking in with your personal and professional “Why?”  Understand how blind persistence can actually be a massive impediment to your own success  Learn about how some of the greatest in the game, almost never were Whether you’re an artist, a teacher, a programmer or an entrepreneur - come one, come all! Set yourself up for continued success by conditioning your mind to adapt, overcome and thrive! The life you’ve always dreamed of living is right here, on the other side of fear - grab your copy of QUITLESS today! ​

  • Author: Alinka Rutkowska
  • Publisher: Leaders Press (March 13, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Business & Money


10. Grand Transitions: How the Modern World Was Made

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sustainable Business Development - August 2021

What makes the modern world work? The answer to this deceptively simple question lies in four "grand transitions" of civilization--in populations, agriculture, energy, and economics--which have transformed the way we live. Societies that have undergone all four transitions emerge into an era of radically different population dynamics, food surpluses (and waste), abundant energy use, and expanding economic opportunities. Simultaneously, in other parts of the world, hundreds of millions remain largely untouched by these developments. Through erudite storytelling, Vaclav Smil investigates the fascinating and complex interactions of these transitions. He argues that the moral imperative to share modernity's benefits has become more acute with increasing economic inequality, but addressing this imbalance would make it exceedingly difficult to implement the changes necessary for the long-term preservation of the environment. Thus, managing the fifth transition--environmental changes from natural-resource depletion, biodiversity loss, and global warming--will determine the success or eventual failure of the grand transitions that have made the world we live in today.

  • Author: Vaclav Smil
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Economics
  • ISBN: 978-0190060664
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.4 x 6.2 inches