Books can be dangerous, which is why throughout history they have sometimes been burnt by people who don’t approve of what they have to say. Books that make a compelling case for change are particularly dangerous for those who don’t want that change. It is those books that we have highlighted in 2021 in our inaugural series of Books Driving Change podcasts, in which we discuss each book with its author, to understand why they wrote it and explore their vision for change.
Each of them would make a great holiday gift, that could change the life of whoever receives it, and the people touched by their lives.
Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder of innovative investment fund Acumen, was our first guest this year, talking about her book, Manifesto For A Moral Revolution: Practices To Build A Better World.
Meighan Stone’s book, Awakening: #MeToo And The Global Fight For Women’s Rights, written with Rachel Vogelstein, looks at those who have made the #MeToo movement a springboard for a new phase of female empowerment.
Noreena Hertz explained why leaders should prioritise the growing problems of personal isolation, which she described entertainingly and insightfully in The Lonely Century: Coming Together In A World That’s Pulling Apart.
Best-selling psychologist Adam Grant took on the issue of closed-mindedness directly in Think Again.
Peter Coleman, founder of Columbia University’s Difficult Conversations Lab, gave a great set of ideas for finding common ground with those who we disagree with most, in The Way Out: How To Overcome Toxic Polarization.
Gillian Tett of the Financial Times tells leaders to develop cultural self-awareness, as she explained in her autobiographical agenda-setter, Anthro-Vision: A New Way To See In Business And Life.
Paul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever, sets out a challenging agenda for corporate leaders in his book (with Andrew Winston), Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive By Giving More Than They Take.
Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, who has led efforts around the world to create protected areas of the oceans, set out his vision for saving the planet in The Nature Of Nature: Why We Need The Wild.
Francois Bonnici, head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, with Cynthia Rayner, has written a compelling practical guide to The Systems Work Of Social Change: How To Harness Connection, Context, And Power To Cultivate Deep And Enduring Change.
In Renewal: From Crisis To Transformation In Our Lives, Work, And Politics, Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation, takes a hard look at her past, America’s failures to fulfill its foundational promise, and finds grounds for hope.
We hope you find these podcasts to be warm, engaging, and inspiring, giving you a real insight into the authors and the work they do, which we hope will prompt you to read their books, not burn them!