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Balaton Reading List

What does a cross-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and inter-generational group of leaders in sustainable development read for inspiration? 

  I asked that question at the recent Balaton Group meeting, and the following list emerged.

Balaton 2012 – Books that Have Inspired Us

Global Citizen by Donella Meadows

 Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

Limits to Growth  by  Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers and William W. Behrens III

Deep Future:  The Next One Hundred Years on Earth by Curt Stager

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The Starfish and The Spider: Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom

Bottom Billion:  By Paul Collier

The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge

La Nature of Nature by Edgar Morin

 Cultural Theory by Michael Thompson

The Systems Thinking Playbook by Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows

How much is enough? The Love of Money and the Case for the Good Life

by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky

Happiness by Richard Layard

Believing Cassandra, by Alan AtKisson

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding

 The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life,

by Jean-Francois Revel, Matthieu Ricard, John Canti, Jack Miles

The Divine Engineer by Phil Ryan

Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World

 by Brian Walker, David Salt

Groping in the Dark   by Donella Meadows, John Richardson, and Gerhardt Bruckman

 Report from Iron Mountain:  The Possibility and Desirability of Peace, by John Doe

Group Portrait With Lady by Heinrich Boll and and Leila Vennewitz

 The Origins of Political Order by Frances Fukuyama

IQ84 by Haruki Murakaami

 The Conundrum by David Owen

Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory:  The Dharma of Natural Systems Studies  By Joanna Macy

The Blue Planet, An Introduce to Earth System Science by Brian J. Skinner and Barbara W. Murck

Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson

To Have or To Be?  Eric Fromm

True Wealth by Juliet Schorr 

Ecomind by Frances Moore Lappe

A Brief History of Everything  By Ken Wilber

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Urban Dynamics by Jay Forrester

Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter

The Natural Alien by Neil Evernden 

Climate Wars by Harald Welzer

Walking on Water by Derek Jensen

Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson

Sustainability Science Textbook by Bert De Vries

Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

By Lance H. Gunderson and C.S. Holling

Out of Our Minds by Ken Robinson

The Natural Alien by Neils Evernden

Walking on Water by Derrik Jensen

Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainkle

Transgovernence by Topfler (Potsdam Institute)

Momo by Michael Ende

Celestine:  Life in a French Village by Gillian Tindall

Happy reading.  

More on this year’s Balaton Meeting in my next post!  

2 Responses to “Balaton Reading List”

  1. Jeff Says:

    The Spell of the Sensuous is by David Abram, not David Aloran.

  2. lbs Says:

    Yes, of course! I just fixed the typo. Thank you!

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