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Books and articles

    Biology of Cognition

    • The Tree of Knowledge – Humberto Maturana & Francisci Varela (1987): pioneering theory to better understand how biological entities (like us) produce awareness
    • Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972)– Gregory Bateson
    • Biosemiotics (2007) – Jesper Hoffmeyer

    Basics of Systems Thinking

    • Thinking in Systems – Donella Meadows
    • The Systems Thinking Play Book – Linda Booth Sweeney
    • The Heart of Understanding – Thich Nhat Hanh – see especially essay on Inter-being
    • Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (2016) – David Peter Stroh
    • The Systems Thinker Website: (hundreds of short articles, including material on system archetypes & other tools)

    Contemplative science and practice

    • Altered Traits (2017) – Daniel Goleman and Richie Davidson
    • The Emotional Life of Your Brain (2012) – Richie Davidson
    • Introduction to Mindfulness – Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • The Mindful Brain – Dan Siegel
    • On Becoming Aware (1998) – Francisco Varela et al

    Team Learning

    • Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy – Amy Edmondson
    • The Elephant in the Room – Diane McLain-Smith
    • Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders – David Kantor
    • How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation – Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

    Sustainability & economic/cultural change

    • The Necessary Revolution (2008) – Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, Sara Schley
    • Ishmael (1995) – Daniel Quinn
    • Natural Capitalism (1999) – Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins
    • The Divine Right of Capital (2001) – Marjorie Kelley
    • The Story of Stuff (2007) (video):
    • Drawdown (2017) – Paul Hawken

    Basics of Organizational Learning

    • The Fifth Discipline (1990, 2007) – Peter Senge
    • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994) – Peter Senge, Richard Ross, Bryan Smith, Charlotte Roberts, Art Kleiner (tools, stories and tips from practitioners)
    • The Living Company: Habits for Survival in Business Environment (1996) – Arie de Geus


    • The Inner Work of Racial Justice (2019) – Rhonda V. Magee
    • We Want to Do More Than Survive (2019) – Bettina Love
    • For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood (2017) – Chris Edmin


    • Servant Leadership (1970) – Robert Greenleaf
    • Organizational Culture and Leadership (1985) – Edgar Schein
    • Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership (1997) – Joseph Jaworski
    • Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future (2008) – Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers – the subtler aspects of personal awareness, leadership and change – the shift toward seeing wholes and sensing what is emerging: a non-technical introduction to “Theory U”
    • Leading Consciously: A Pilgrimage Toward Self-Mastery (1998) – Debashis Chatterje