The following are a selection of articles and books that we reference in our retreats:
Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale: A Case History of Kaboom!, Monitor Institute, June 2010 - How an innovative non-profit put its business model and tools on-line and went from building 1,700 playgrounds in 15 years to empowering communities to build 6,000 playgrounds.
The Innovation Diffusion Game, Alan Atkisson, In Context, Spring 1991 - A fun way to explain the theory of how new ideas spread through a culture.
Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System, Donella Meadows, Sustainability Institute, 1999 - The classic article on systems thinking and how this perspective can inform strategic choices for change.
Positive Deviant, David Dorsey, Fast Company, Nov. 30, 2000 - How a strategy of amplifying positive deviations from the norm helped reduce childhood malnutrition in Vietnamese villages by 65 - 85% in 2 years.
Strategic Questioning, Tom Atlee - A summary of Fran Peavey's techniques for using Strategic Questioning to advance change.
Thinking Out Loud About Social Entrepreneurs, Katherine Fulton, April 23, 2010, Monitor Institute blog post
Coming Back to Life, Joanna Macy & Molly Young Brown
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Clay Shirky
Leading Change Toward Sustainability: A Change Management Guide for Business, Government, and Civil Society, Bob Doppelt
Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities, Adam Kahane
Upsizing: The Road to Zero Emissions, More Jobs, More Income and No Pollution, Gunter Pauli
Click here for a list of favorite books of participants at New Directions Collaborative's November 2010 Women's Sustainability Leadership Retreat.