Here are the books and articles that have moved us and guided us.

This is a living document — please leave recommendations in the comments.


  1. Zach Exley and Becky Bond-- Rules for Revolutionaries

  2. Jonathan Smucker--Hegemony How To. 

  3. Eric Reis - The Lean Startup (2011)

  4. Rick Falkvinge - Swarmwise (2013) (pdf)

  5. Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive


What follows is our complete list  ordered by strength of recommendation within category. 


Social Movements (all excellent films ) 

Amazing Grace (2006)

How to Start a Revolution (2011)

The Normal Heart (2014) (stream on HBO)

Momentum Social Movement Webinars(2014), especially #2 or #3 (stream on Youtube) "Ayni Momentum web series".   (*Note this is the one exception that is not a film)

Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015) (stream on Youtube/HBO)

Selma (2014)

The Climate Crisis/ Need for Mobilization

The Earth is Full - Paul Gilding (TED Talk) (2012) (stream on Youtube)

Journey to Planet Earth: Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2011) (stream in 6 parts on Youtube)

Climate change is simple - David Roberts (TED talk) (2012) (stream on Youtube)

The Crisis of Civilization (2011) (stream on Youtube)

How to Let Go of the World And Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2015) Josh Fox (stream on HBO)

This Changes Everything (2015)

Disruption: Climate. Change. (2014) (stream on Youtube)

Collapse Parable

The Big Short (2015)



Zach Exley and Becky Bond-- Rules for Revolutionaries

Jonathan Smucker: Hegemony How To 

Jane McAlevey - Raising Expectations and Raising Hell (2012)

Jane McAlevey - No Shortcuts: The Case for Organizing (2015) 

Rick Falkvinge - Swarmwise (2013) (pdf)

The Midwest Academy Guide to Organizing. 

Lawrence Goodwyn:Organizing Theory and Practice

Hahrie Han - How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century (2014)

Marshall Ganz - Leading Change (2010) (pdf)

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012) 

Social Movements

Paul and Mark Engler - This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century (2016)

Rodney Stark - The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion (2011) PART II Especially!!!

Daniel Pinchbeck How Soon is Now

Vaclav Havel - The Power of the Powerless (1978) (full text / pdf)

Gene Sharp - From Dictatorship to Democracy (1994) (pdf)

Eric Hoffer - The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951) (pdf)

Saul Alinsky - Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (1971) (pdf)

Being a Start Up/ Exponential Organization

Eric Reis - The Lean Startup (2011)

Rick Falkvinge - Swarmwise (2013) (pdf) (kindle version mobi file)

Crossing the Chasm summary

Stephen Bungay - The Art of Action (2011)

Robin Chase - Peers Inc: How the Collaborative Economy is Creating Radical Prosperity (2015)

Saleem Ismail - Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (2014)

Power Analysis

Phil Domhoff "Who Rules America: Triumph of the Corporate Rich?"

Jane McAlevey - No Shortcuts: The Case for Organizing (2015) 

This Political Moment:

William Strauss and Neil Howe--The Fourth Turning : An American Prophesy

Michael Lerner: Psychopathology in the 2016 Election (article) 

Naomi Klein "No is Not Enough"

Corey Robin: The Reactionary Mind

Climate Psychology/ Religion

Joanna Macy-- Active Hope

Pope Franics/ Cardinal Turkson-- Laudato Si (Full PDF)

Renee Lertzman - Environmental Melancholia (2015)

Engaging with Climate Change: How We Think About Engagement (2013) (pdf)


Stanley Cohen - States of Denial: Knowing About Atrocities and Suffering (2001)

Naomi Oreskes, Erik Conway - Merchants of Doubt (2010)
George Marshall - 
Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (2014)

Leadership & Managment

Max Depree - Leadership is an Art (2004)

Fred Alford - Leadership by interpretation and holding (2001) (pdf)

Alison Greene - Managing to Change the World

Maia Heyck-Merlin The Together Leader 

Climate Politics

Bill McKibben - Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet (2010)

Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014)

Jeremy Leggett - The Winning of the Carbon War (2016) (pdf)

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication - Global Warming’s Six Americas (2009) (pdf)

Message Strategies for Global Warming’s Six Americas (2014) (pdf)

Voters Will Support Pro-Climate Candidates With Pledges, Time, and Money (2014)

Theda Skocpol - Naming the Problem: What It Will Take to Counter Extremism and Engage Americans in the Fight against Global Warming (2013)

Climate Science

David Spratt & Philip Sutton - Climate Code Red (2009)

Striking Targets: Matching Climate Goals with Climate Reality (2015) (pdf)

Recount: It's Time to "Do the Math" Again (2015) (pdf)

Climate Reality Check: After Paris, Counting the Costs (2016)  (pdf)

Climate Mobilization/ Rapid Transition Plans

Ezra Silk - The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan (2016)

Paul Gilding - The Great Disruption (2011)

Jorgen Randers & Paul Gilding - The One Degree War Plan (2009) (pdf)

Lester Brown - Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2009) (pdf)

David Ray Griffin - Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? (2015)

Joel Makower and Mark Mickleby-- The New Grand Strategy Restoring America's prosperity, security, and and sustainability in the 21st century (2016)  

Center for Planetary Culture-- Rapid Transition Strategy

Michael Hoexter - Domestic Policy (3 parts)  

International Policy

Frank Rotering - Contractionary Revolution (2013) (pdf)

and other writing (also addressing overshoot and social movement strategy)

Charles Derber - Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy (2010)

Beyond Zero Emissions (pdfs)

Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi - A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables by 2030 (2009) (pdf / journal article)

The Collapse of Civilization

Octavia Butler-- Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents (AMAZING Fiction)

Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway -
Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (2014)

Gwen Dyer Climate Wars 

Lester Brown - “Could food shortages bring down civilization?” (2009) (pdf)

Nafeez Ahmed - A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization (2010)

Timothy Snyder - Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015)

WWII Mobilization History

Doris Kearns Goodwin - No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1994)

David Kaiser - No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War (2014)

Arthur Herman - Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II (2012)

Human Nature

Nancy McWilliams - Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994)

EO Wilson - The Social Conquest of Earth (2012)

Erich From the Art of Loving

Erich Fromm For Love of Life (1985)

Erich Fromm The Sane Society

Jonathan Haidt - The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion (2012)


Stanley Cox - Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing (2013)

Ecological Overshoot

EO Wilson - Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life (2016)

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