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By Lissa Van Houten
Assistant Editor, Content Operations
“Yoga Wisdom at Work,” “The Great Turning,” “The Living Universe,” “Screw Work, Let’s Play,” “Bringing Your Soul to Work,” “Wizards, Aliens and Starships,” and “The Horse, the Wheel, and Language.”* What do these titles have in common? They are all books that can be found in the Safari Online Library.
Safari is something that I get excited about because of its uniqueness, breadth of resources, and ease of access. When you search, using any number of keywords or phrases, or by author, you can find yourself following strange and unexpected pathways.
For example, when I searched for climate change, I not only discovered books about an environmental cause that I have been involved with, but I found related subjects, such as sustainability, green technologies, greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil fuel industry, renewable energy, alternative economies, re-localization and community building.
As I have become more involved as an environmental activist, my passions have veered towards the dynamics of social change as it relates to the realities of climate change. I, along with many others in the environmental movement, have begun exploring what an alternative and sustainable world—without our huge reliance on fossil fuels—would look like in the future.
Proposals for transitioning to these new economic models have arisen in a variety of fields, including economics, grass-roots social justice movements, philosophy, technology and spirituality. There are many such paradigm-shifting resources out there that are under the radar of most people.
Prime examples of such books in Safari include the following:
- David C. Korten’s “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community” and “Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth”
- Riane Eisler’s “The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics”
- Ervin Laszlo’s “Macroshift: Navigating the Transformation to a Sustainable World”
- Peter Brown and Geoffrey Garner’s “Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy”
- Robert Johansen’s “Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World”
Other climate change and sustainability books include:
- Mark Gerzon’s “Leadership in Action: Case Study—Breaking Down Boundaries in the Climate Change Debate”
- Robert Bryce’s “Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence”
- Daniel Sperling and James C. Cannon’s “Driving Climate Change: Cutting Carbon from Transportation”
- Robert U. and Edward H. Ayres’ “Crossing the Energy Divide: Moving from Fossil Fuel Dependence to a Clean-Energy Future”
- Jerry McNerney and Martin Cheek’s “Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels”
- Patrick Dixon and Johan Gorecki’s “Sustainagility: How Innovation and Agility Will Save the World”
- Sarah Sorenson’s “The Sustainable Network: The Accidental Answer to a Troubled Planet”
- Auden Schendler’s “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution”
In following various pathways to discover all of these fascinating books, I found additional books on community building and re-localization efforts, something I also am passionate about.
The books I can’t wait to read on this topic include:
- Linsly Donnelly’s “Happy Go Local: The Smart Mom’s Guide to Living the Good (and Sustainable) Life!”
- John McKnight’s “The Abundant Community Awakening the Powers of Families and Neighborhoods”
- Amy Cortese’s “Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It”
These lists are just the start of exploring my interests and passions on Safari. I look forward to exploring other book topics in future blogs, such as bringing spirituality, soul and our own values into the workplace; the history and ubiquity of social movements around the world; cosmology and evolution; cultural creativity and innovation; and social entrepreneurship, among others.
So, wherever your needs, interests and passions lie—whether it’s yoga, wine, photography, social and alternative media, stress management, filmmaking, cryptology, video games, software applications, nature and ecology, career planning, sports, writing and editing, artificial intelligence, or teaching—more than likely you will find great resources on the subject in the Safari Online Library:
*Full titles and authors are:
- “Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity off the Mat and on the Job” by Maren and Jamie Showkeir.
- For “The Great Turning,” see fifth paragraph.
- “The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going” by Duane Elgin. (He also wrote “Voluntary Simplicity”).
- “Screw Work, Let’s Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It” by John Williams.
- “Bringing Your Soul to Work: An Everyday Practice” by Cheryl Peppers and Alan Briskin.
-“Wizards, Aliens and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction” by Charles L. Adler.
-“The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World” by David W. Anthony.