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The authors have all been guests on the Inside Ideas podcast with Marc Buckley. For younger children, aged 6-12 years, we recommend checking out the SDG Book Club.

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Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition

Shalanda H. Baker

Shalanda, recently appointed Joe Biden’s new deputy director for energy justice at the U.S. Department of Energy, argues in her latest book that the transformation of the energy system is a civil rights issue and offers practical steps to upend the energy sector’s unequal power dynamics. Shalanda talks about the inequities of the U.S. energy system, including the fact that nearly half of Black and Latinx households experience energy insecurity; and her personal connection to this issue as an energy-justice advocate, lawyer, and queer woman of colour, including her family’s experience in a polluted Texas oil town.

Sitopia

by Carolyn Steel

Carolyn Steel was the second guest on Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. She was a brilliant guest so it is no surprise Sitopia is every bit as engaging and enlightening. In Sitopia Carolyn explores how food can safe the world and at every stage she says she uses food as a ‘lens to explore the origins and dilemmas of our current situation’, which is being shaped by issues such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, and antibiotic resistance. And Carolyn looks at the ways food choices will ultimately dictate how successful we are in overcoming these challenges.

Flames of Extinction

JOHN PICKRELL

The first book to tell the stories of Australia’s record-setting fires, focusing on the wild animals and plants that will be forever changed. It tells the story of the scientists, wildlife rehabilitators, and community members who came together to save wildlife and protect them in the future.

Sex Robots & Vegan Meat

By Jenny Kleeman

The award-winning film-maker and journalist, Jenny Kleeman, was one of the first guests on the Inside Ideas podcast with Marc Buckley. She spoke to Marc on the eve of the release of the book, which has just the best title of any book you are likely to pick up this year And the content is every bit as good as Jenny takes you on a journey through the ever changing realities of what it means to be human in a rapidly changing world. One where you can ‘eat meat without killing animals, have the ideal sexual relationship without compromise, and have the perfect death without suffering’. Jenny goes beyond these in her exploration of the other ways human nature is likely to change in the years ahead.

A World of Three Zeros

Professor Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, creator of microcredit and social business, Professor Muhammad Yunus, writes about the economics that can deliver zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions.

Building Community Food Webs

KEN METER

One of America’s most renowned food system analysts explores the civic networks being led by ‘grassroots food and farming leaders’ in the U.S. that are working to deliver healthier, more equitable food systems that can combat hunger.

Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries: New Tools to End Hunger

Dr Katie Martin

In the US, food banks and pantries provide billions of meals a year to people in need. And yet hunger still affects one in nine Americans. What are we doing wrong? In Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries, Katie Martin offers an inspiring new paradigm for tackling hunger, one where success is measured not by pounds of food distributed but by lives changed. The key is shifting our focus from a lack of food to strategies that build empathy, equity, and political will. Martin shares solutions in a warm, engaging style, with simple steps that anyone working or volunteering at a food bank or pantry can take today. Solutions range from providing client choice, where individuals select their own food with dignity, to offering job training programs and joining the fight for a living wage. As Martin writes, it takes more than food to end hunger. Picking up this insightful, lively book is a great first step.

Sasha Sagan

For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World

by Sasha Sagan

Sasha’s first book, inspired in part by the work of her parents, Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, is an exploration of the marvels of nature, as revealed by science, which require no faith in order to be believed. The book is an exercise in skepticism without cynicism, told through memoir and social history. It is a remarkable read, which Kirkus Reviews called ‘profound, elegantly written ruminations on the exquisite splendors of life’.

Sustainable Action: Overcoming the Barriers

Christian Berg

The book Sustainable Action – Overcoming the Barriers was accepted as the new report to the Club of Rome. In it, Christian, who featured on the Inside Ideas podcast, gives a comprehensive account of barriers to sustainability and suggests action principles for sustainability which support actors in contributing to the realization of the SDGs.

THE elea WAY

Professor Vanina Farber and Dr Peter Wuffli

The book offers practical advice on how to best integrate entrepreneurship and capital for impact and innovation by using elea’s philanthropic investing approach to fight absolute poverty with entrepreneurial means as an example.

The Creative Mindset

Jeff DeGraff

The Creative Mindset, brings six creativity skills to everyone and is now available. On Inside Ideas, Jeff said: “Everyone is creative. We are just creative in different ways and in a wide variety of situations. Believing you are creative is the first step to mastering a creative mindset. Once you do that, you can make innovation happen anywhere and anytime.”

Human Business

Professor Thomas Juli

Written in German, the book argues for the return of the human in the digital age. During the Corona period, we learned to appreciate technology. Thanks to the internet, we were still connected to the outside world, video conferences and online seminars shot up like mushrooms. But can we still be human in the digital age? Or is digitization taking over our lives?

The book explains how human business is a focus on people – be it employees, entrepreneurs, customers or the social environment. That it stands for a new, shared sense of responsibility and a corporate culture characterised by trust and respect.

Listen to Thomas talking about the book on Inside Ideas.

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