Reading List

Reading List for Mastering Strategic Design and Innovation

Business and Enterprise Philosophy

  1. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future  – Peter Theil
  2. Parecon: Life After Capitalism – Michael Albert
  3. The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future – Geoff Mulgan

Business and Enterprise Strategy

  1. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers – Alex Osterwalder
  2. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business – Josh Kaufman
  3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers – Ben Horowitz
  4. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness – Steven Covey
  5. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company – Steve Blank
  6. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries
  7. Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean Series) – Ash Maurya
  8. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything – Guy Kawasaki
  9. The Open Book on Social Innovation – Geoff Mulgan, Julie Caulier-Grice, Robin Murray
  10. Recipes for Systemic Change – Bryan Boyer,Justin W. Cook,Marco Steinberg
  11. Shape of Design – Frank Chimero
  12. Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary – Dan Hill

Business and Enterprise Tactics

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) – Tim Ferriss
  2. What’s the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences – Brian Solis
  3. Bootstrapper’s Bible – Seth Godin
  4. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! – Josh Kaufman
  5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip and Dan Heath
  6. Difference – Bernadette Jiwa

Life Philosophy

  1. Roots of the Human Condition (The Library of traditional wisdom) – Frithjof Schuon
  2. The Freedom Paradox – Clive Hamilton
  3. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Vintage International) – Alain de Botton
  4. Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion – Alain de Botton
  5. A Modern Utopia (Penguin Classics) – H.G Wells
  6. Turning the Mind Into an Ally –  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
  7. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being – Martin Seligmang
  8. The Book of Life – From The School of Life
  9. Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees – Lawrence Weschler in conversation with Robert Irwin

Life Strategy

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Steven Covey
  2. Grit – Young Foundation – Yvonne Roberst
  3. The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin

Life Tactics

  1. Brain Rules – John Medina

On the to-read list:

  1. Disruptive Innovation: The Christensen Collection (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, The Innovator’s DNA, and Harvard Business Review article “How Will You Measure Your Life?”)
  2. Do the Work – Steven Pressfield
  3. Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation – Tim Brown


Other Books/Papers of note/ Resources

Stop Stealing Dreams (What is school for?) – Seth Godin

Social Innovation Thinking Resources

Social Innovation Labs

Social Enterprise Resources

Life Lessons – Smart Ways to Live a Life of Well-being

Social Innovation Fellowships and Courses


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