Best books… Kate Ra­worth

The “rene­gade econ­o­mist” Kate Ra­worth picks five books about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Her Dough­nut Eco­nomics: Seven Ways To Think Like a 21st-Cen­tury Econ­o­mist is pub­lished by Ran­dom House at £20

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Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mis­chief

by Steve Craw­shaw, 2017 (LOM Art £16.99). In the face of au­thor­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ments, what can peo­ple do? This bril­liant photo es­say re­veals the in­ge­nious ways peo­ple re­sist and de­flate the power of even the most re­pres­sive regimes. From sub­ver­sive sand­wicheat­ing to riot-po­lice clowns: look, read and be in­spired.

We Do Things Dif­fer­ently

by Mark Steven­son, 2017 (Profile £12.99). “Never in­ter­rupt some­one do­ing what you said couldn’t be done,” said avi­a­tor Amelia Earhart. If you worry for the fu­ture of hu­man­ity, you will beg not to be in­ter­rupted as you read this book. Steven­son tracks down lit­tle­known in­ven­tors whose mav­er­ick ways of work­ing are tak­ing on hu­man­ity’s most wicked prob­lems.

Milo and the Mag­i­cal Stones

by Mar­cus Pfis­ter, 1997 (North-South Books £10.99). Can we live well and still care for our planet? That choice is yours be­cause this book’s pages di­vide in two as the reader de­cides what Milo and the other mice on the is­land should do next. A great con­ver­sa­tion starter for talk­ing with young chil­dren about our im­pact upon the world.

Carpe Diem Re­gained

by Ro­man Krz­naric, 2017 (Un­bound £14.99). An in­trigu­ing bi­og­ra­phy of the world’s favourite call to ac­tion. My part­ner Ro­man wrote it while I was writ­ing my book on 21st cen­tury eco­nomics. When I found my­self on the verge of giv­ing up, this book’s mes­sage kept me go­ing.

No is Not Enough

by Naomi Klein, 2017 (Allen Lane £12.99). Some­times the best form of protest is to pro­pose some­thing new – this is at the heart of Klein’s punchy ac­count of Don­ald Trump’s shock­driven pres­i­dency. Cap­tur­ing the dis­ar­ray of our times in words that few peo­ple can find, she ar­gues that his di­vi­sive brand of pop­ulism can be coun­tered with a bold al­ter­na­tive so­cial vi­sion.

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