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The WorldShift Library

WorldShift 2012 recommended reading compiled by David Woolfson, President of the Club of Budapest (Canada):

State of the World

  • Climate Change 2007: Fourth Assessment Report. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • UNEP/GRID-Arendal. Planet in Peril: Atlas of Current Threats to People and the Environment. United Nations Publications, 2006 (See
  • Worldwatch Institute, ed. State of the World 2008: Toward a Sustainable Global Economy. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008.
  • Worldwatch Institute, ed. Vital Signs 2007–2008: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007.

World Sustainability

  • Doppelt, Bob. Leading Change Toward Sustainability. Pensacola, Fla.: Greenleaf Publications, 2003.
  • Doppelt, Bob. Power of Sustainable Thinking. London: Earthscan Publishers, 2008.
  • Hawken, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
  • Henderson, Hazel. Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy. White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green, 2007.
  • Heinberg, Richard. Peak Everything. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2007.
  • McKibben, Bill. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. New York: Owl, 2008.
  • Sachs, Jeffrey. Common Wealth. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.
  • Senge, Peter, et al. The Necessary Revolution. New York: Doubleday Business, 2008.
  • Stern, Nicholas. The Economics of Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

World Peace and Security

  • Ferencz, Benjamin. Planethood. Coos Bay, Ore.: Love Line Books, 1991.
  • Human Security Center. Human Security Report 2005. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2005.
  • Jacobs, Didier. Global Democracy. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2007.
  • Kay, Sean. Global Security in the Twenty-first Century. Plymouth, Devon: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.
  • Ribbelink, Olivier, editor. Beyond the U.N. Charter. The Hague, Asser Press, 2008.
  • Roche, Douglas. Global Conscience. Toronto: Novalis Press, 2008.
  • Schell, Jonathan. The Unconquerable World. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 2004.
  • Schell, Jonathan. The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 2008.

World Futures

  • Diamond, Jared. Collapse. New York: Penguin, 2005.
  • Glenn, Jerome and Theodore Gordon. 2008 State of the Future. Washington D.C.: Millennium Project, 2008.
  • Homer-Dixon, Thomas. The Upside of Down. Washington D.C.: Island Press, 2008.
  • IPCC. Climate Change 2007—Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Laszlo, Ervin. The Chaos Point. Charlottesville, Va.: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2006.
  • Laszlo, Ervin. Quantum Shift and the Global Brain. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2008.
  • Mack, Timothy, ed. Creating Global Strategies for Humanity’s Future. Bethesda, Md.: World Future Society, 2006.
  • McKenna, Terence. The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching (with Dennis McKenna). New York: Seabury, 1975.
  • Martin, James. The Meaning of the 21st Century. New York:Riverhead, 2007.
  • Pearce, Fred. When the Rivers Run Dry: Journeys Into the Heart of the World’s Water Crisis. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2006.
  • Pearce, Fred. With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change. Boston: Beacon Press, 2008.
  • Petersen, John. A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. Golden, Colo.: Fulcrum Publishing, 2008.
  • Walker, Brian, and David Salt. Resilience Thinking. Washington D.C.: Island Press, 2006.
  • Wright, Ronald. A Short History of Progress. Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2004.
  • Smil, Vaclav. Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

World Transformation

  • Anthony, Marcus. Integrated Intelligence. Boston: Sense Publishers, 2008.
  • Arguelles, Jose. The Mayan Factor. Rochester, VT: Bear & Co. 1987, 1996; Time and the Technosphere. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2002.
  • Bornstein, David. How to Change the World. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2007.
  • Braden, Greg, et al. The Mystery of 2012. Boulder, Colo.: Sounds True, 2007.
  • Brown, Lester. Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008.
  • Chopra, Deepak. Peace Is the Way. New York: Harmony, 2005.
  • Elgin, Duane. Promise Ahead. New York: William Morrow & Co., 2000.
  • Goerner, Sally, Robert Dyck, and Dorothy Lagerroos. The New Science of Sustainability. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Triangle Center for Complex Systems, 2008.
  • Harman, Willis. Global Mind Change. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 1998.
  • Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. New York: Viking USA, 2007.
  • Korten, David. The Great Turning. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2006.
  • Laszlo, Ervin, and Jude Currivan. CosMos: a Co-Creators Guide to the Whole-World. London: Hay House, 2008.
  • Mandell, Faye. Self-Powerment: Towards a New Way of Living.New York: Dutton, 2003.
  • Monbiot, George. The Age of Consent. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.
  • Petit, Patrick, ed. Earthrise: the Dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century. Munich: Herbert Utz Verlag GmbH, 2008.
  • Ray, Paul and Sherry Anderson. The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001.
  • Russell, Peter. Waking Up in Time. Updated edition. New York: Origin Press, 2009.
  • Senge, Peter, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Flowers.Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. New York: Doubleday, 2005.
  • Speth, James Gustave. The Bridge at the Edge of the World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
  • Westley, Frances, Brenda Zimmerman, and Michael Patton. Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2007.
  • Yunus, Muhammad. Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. New York: PublicAffairs, 2008.