Common Impact Blog

Our Fall Reading List

By Danielle Holly | Sep 13, 2014

The air is getting crisp here at Common Impact's home base in New England, and it's starting to be that time of year where there's nothing we look forward to more than curling up with some hot apple cider and a good book. 

Here are a couple of the books and articles that are stacked up on our nightstands right now:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain

Susan Cain is revolutionizing the way that we think about introverts!  A fascinating, insightful perspective on how the strong listening, intention and instincts that our introverted colleagues bring to the table drive better business decisions and real collaborative communities at the office and beyond.


Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakanomics Offer to Retrain your Brain

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

We're geeks over here for bringing together people from all perspectives, experiences, sectors and backgrounds.  Levitt and Dubner, the authors of Freakanomics, teach us how to remove the siloes and barriers that limit our thinking, allowing us to be more creative, inclusive, experimental and rational.  Think Like a Freak shows us how to uncover completely new ways of thinking, tackle core challenges instead of symptoms, and inspire and persuade people to join your cause.        


The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide to Corporate Changemakers

The Skoll Foundation, Allianz and IDEO

An oldie but goodie.  A guide for all of those remarkable corporate intrapreneurs out there who are creating a new way of doing business and making their places of work more sustainable and engaged in their communities.  Read success stories, what's hard, and how to move that proverbial mountain at your company.   


The Brink of Renewal: A Business Leader's Guide to Progress in American Schools

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BCG and Harvard Business School

The education crisis in American impacts all of us.  Educators and policy makers are working hard to rebuild and reform the system that will determine our future.  Business leaders are wondering where their future workforce is coming from -- knowing that STEM education is weaker than it should be, and vital to long term economic competitiveness.  The Brink of Renewal is a guide for the ways in which business leaders can invest time and talent into the policy, programs and education that make our schools a place of real learning for our children. 


Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line

Andrew W. Savitz

Companies know that their employees are their most critical, most strategic asset.  Yet, those employees are not being tapped to support the transformation many companies are undertaking to become more sustainable, stronger corporate citizens.  In his latest book, Savitz brings us through the possibilities that exist when your employees become a driving force in transforming a company's impact on its community and environment -- and introduce a new way of doing business.    


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

We're picking up this classic again in celebration of Angelou's life.  “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is Angelou's first memoir, depicting her early life in the post-civil rights American south and her struggle with deeply embedded racism and poverty.  Angelou is an inspiration for change-makers across the globe who see what a difference we can each make when we refuse to accept the status quo and fight for a better, more just world.