Highly interesting books, movies and articles

Great books, movies, articles and locations that were extremely important in shaping our thoughts and vision. So important that we couldn’t resist sharing them!

Our group has been build on sharing ideas and discussing them thoroughly. So, we thought why not share them with our community as well?

This post should be constantly evolving. So check it out regularly if you are in need of inspiration ☺!

Books

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness

Nudge We are influenced by our surroundings. It affects the choices we make, how we feel and behave. Understanding how this works is very powerful indeed.

https://www.amazon.com/Nudge

The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

The Purpose Economy Aaron Hurst argues that after information, purpose will dominate our economic system for the coming years. Why do we do what we do? What is our legacy? Why is our economy shifting towards a sharing economy (of which co-working spaces are an example) with purpose as a place to start?

http://purposeeconomy.com

The responsible company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years

The Responsible Company Incredibly interesting insights on how Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley interpret the first 40 years of Patagonia, which is one of the companies at the forefront of the benefit driven economy.

http://www.patagonia.com/books

Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the way we make things

Cradle To Cradle Why not take nature as an example and create a world without waste. Design for effectiveness not for efficiency. This is a game changer!

https://www.amazon.com/Cradle-to-Cradle

Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations How we kept inventing radically more productive organizational models time and again? How can I run my organization in a soulful way? What are the conditions for a new organization to thrive?

http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/

The Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis This is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world’s civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives. It is a book about how to construct a life of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning.

http://www.happinesshypothesis.com/

The Upcycle Beyond Sustainability Designing Abundance

The Up Cycle The long awaited follow-up of of the book Cradle to Crade. The authors present their experience of putting cradle to cradle into practice for the past 10 years.

https://www.amazon.com/The-Upcycle-Beyond-Sustainability-Designing-Abundance

Biomimicry

Biomimicry This book, by Jeanine Benyus, created a paradigm shift. The way we look at nature really changed bigtime. Nature is one big collection of inspiration to make our world a better place. Let’s get started!

http://biomimicry.net/BioMimicry-the-book

Thinking in Systems

Thinking in Systems This books helps you to create insight in problem solving. Be it on a personal or global level. The hypothesis that the big problems in the world are essentially system failures creates large potential!

https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Systems

Websites or foundations

Circular economy

A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles.

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy

Tomkins conservation

Doug Tompkins was at the base of one of the most successful ecosystem restoration foundations. Next to that he was also the founder of The Norht Face and Esprit. A beautiful summary of his life can be found here https://vimeo.com/172053488. Thanks for the inspiration!

http://www.tompkinsconservation.org/

BALLE

Inspirational US organisation that nurtures and curates the emergence of the new economy. One that will gradually displace our destructive and failing economy with a system that supports the health, prosperity, and happiness for all people and regenerates the vital ecosystems upon which our economy depends. With a focus on real change within a generation, BALLE works to identify and connect pioneering leaders, spread solutions, and attract investment toward local economies.

https://bealocalist.org/

Places

We love to be outdoors and be supmerged in nature. This has led to some very cool travels over the last couple of year. We would love to share some nice spots we have called home for at least a few days in the last couple of years.

Allah Kul, Kyrgystan Allah Kul 1Allah Kul 2

Song Kul, Kyrgystan Song Kul 1Song Kul 2

La Grave, France La Grave

Leh, India Leh

The Ardennes, Belgium Ardennes

Gasterntal, Switzerland Switzerland

Movies

Daniel Pink on motivation:

What really motivates us!

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink

Ken Robinson

How schools are educating their pupils but what might they be doing wrong?

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Simon Sinek

The golden circle for inspirational leadership

http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

Tim Jackson

He challenges the economic principles of today. How can we invest in our future in a time of recession, climate change and inequality.

http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_jackson_s_economic_reality_check

Check out this Carbon positive country

Very interesting talk, where the prime minister of Bhutan explains his vision on the future. This really is an inspirational country.

https://www.ted.com/talks/Bhutan-the-carbon-positive-country

180 degrees south

Super cool adventure movie about a guy that really want to climb a certain mountain in Chile…

http://www.180south.com/

Demain

What are the challenges we face as a species? But more importantly what can we do to solve them and even more important what is being done already?

https://www.demain-lefilm.com/

Trashed

Waste is a huge problem! We put it in the ground, burn it and spill it in our oceans… How bad is it and what is done to resolve this issue?

http://www.trashedfilm.com/

North of the Sun

Really cool adventure of two guys who made their small house on the beach from scrap wood and lived in it through the artic winter.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/northofthesun

The questions we ask

What questions do we ask ourselves to choose are life’s path? Do we ask questions at all?

https://vimeo.com/TheQuestionsWeAsk

The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work