Eight Inspiring Reads

I remember at some of our first student workshops, we divided the students into 3 groups and discussed how we defined each word of the program title, Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS), recording our thoughts on flip chart paper and then challenging our perceptions of the words as a group. We evoked a deeper reflection by asking the group questions:

“What does it mean to be a student? If I am not in a structured school environment can I still be a student? What are the benefits of being a student? What are the challenges? Why would ecological sustainability be a good thing to be a student of? How can sustainability be interpreted in different ways? What does it mean to you? What does it mean to be a leader? Is the only leader the one visibly in front of a group? What other ways can we lead, both ourselves and others?”

To us, being a lifelong student is being curious and open to learning, to honing and refining our skills and competencies; listening, participating, and changing the ways you act or think through the insights you have gained. You can choose to be a lifelong student, beyond the years you spent in brick and mortar schools. You can be a poor learner in more structured school environments. - Erin Leckie

You most likely visited this page because you are a lifelong learner, curious about how best to make a difference, and how others are doing the same. So are we! In order to always be improving and evolving, we gain insights from other passionate and dedicated humans that are honing their skills and stories. 

Here are eight books that have been meaningful reads to various people on our team. Books that have helped evolve our ability to be students, leaders, and be sustainable in our lives.

If you are looking for a meaningful read this winter, consider one of these. Enjoy and feel free to share!

Click here to see a short description of the following books:

  • Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed, Brenda Zimmerman, Frances Westley, and Michael Quinn Patton
  • We Can Do This!, Kate Sutherland
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, Kate Raworth
  • The Empowerment Manual, Starhawk
  • This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
  • BTCEA Action Guide, Be The Change Earth Alliance (we just had to… it has been meaningful to many of us!)


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