The Socially Conscious Book Club (Week 6): Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century

Posted by on July 26, 2009 in Book Club, Education, Featured


Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century is receiving rave reviews from across the social innovation space.

Business Week calls it a “[…] smart, hip mini-encyclopedia of what’s new and what’s next in green technologies and earth-conscious ideas.”

Denis Hayes, the founder of Earth Day, says, “Worldchanging might well be the most complete, compelling articulation of the possible look and feel and actual operation of a sustainable society ever written.”

Even ex-U.S. Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore gives Worldchanging a shout out, “To build that future, we need a generation of everyday heroes, people who – whatever their walks of life – have the courage to think in fresh ways and to act to meet this planetary crisis head-on. This book belongs in the library of every person who aspires to be part of that generation.”

The book was brought to my attention thanks to Justine here at SocialEarth and has stayed on my radar ever since. It covers the entire gambit of social innovation, including education, public health, socially responsible business, microfinance, social entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.  A wealth of awesome information is included and to synthesize, I break it down into seven sections: Social Change, Stuff, Shelter, Cities, Community, Business, Politics, and Planet.

The Stuff section discusses biomimicry (a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems) to sustainable food and clothing. Shelter examines all types of green building and clean energy. Cities speak to urban area innovation. Community follows the issues of microfinance, civil rights, health, community development and social entrepreneurship. Business and Politics discuss social innovation in their respective areas and the Planet section hits on the big picture.

There is something for everyone in Worldchanging. Whether you are seeking self improvement, to support a nonprofit, start a social venture or enhance your business’ social responsibility, innovative ideas are aplenty.

Thanks to the journalists, designers and thinkers at for a book supporting a brighter future.


worldchanginglogo is a nonprofit media organization covering the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems.

Tristan Pollock

Co-founder of SocialEarth and Storefront. AngelPad alum.

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