What should the Forum book club read next? We need your recs!

Posted 5 years ago at 10:31 am

Hello, Forum members! We're loving the energy and comments for the Forum's Social Change Book Club and want to continue it. It's great to have a chance to talk with Forum members about the readings and also about your experiences in the field.

So far, we've read books on leadership (Everyone Leads), change management (Switch), complexity (Getting to Maybe), and community engagement (Deepening Community.)

We want to know what your thoughts are on:

  • What books or articles would you like to read next?
  • What readings would you recommend to the Forum community to read?
  • What topics would you like to read more about?

Ebook Giveaway: To go along with our book giveaway theme for the book club discussions, and to thank you for your reading suggestions, we'll randomly select three recommendations to win a free ebook of a past book club selection! (Kindle or Nook versions.)

Please share with us in the comments what you would like to read next (or what books/articles you think the Forum should check out.)

Thank you!


Patti Seger

backbone organization

How about Grace Lee Boggs, the Next American Revolution?

Submitted by Patti Seger on Wed, 2015-06-24 11:32

Marcy Luedtke

backbone organization

I recommend Moved to Create by Julie Delene

Submitted by Marcy Luedtke on Wed, 2015-06-24 11:36


technical assistance provider / consultant

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Submitted by RANDI KORN on Wed, 2015-06-24 11:37

Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, about our prison and legal systems would be timely in response to current events regarding racism and how a civil society makes decisions.

Submitted by Ray Lewis on Wed, 2015-06-24 11:40

Sue Prettyman

backbone organization

Submitted by Sue Prettyman on Wed, 2015-06-24 12:12

  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg; 
  • pretty much anything by Beth Kanter - especially The Networked Nonprofit
  • Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath;

Submitted by Dave Kramer on Wed, 2015-06-24 12:26

Joe Hunt

technical assistance provider / consultant

"Pitch Anything" by Oren Klaff is a must read for anyone whose responsibility includes convincing others to take action. Unlike any other book on "selling" I've ever read, this one explains how the brain processes information and enables you to develop your presentation to accommodate the way the brain works.

Submitted by Joe Hunt on Wed, 2015-06-24 13:11

Abby Landmeier

funder of initiatives

David and Goliath, Malcom Gladwell


Submitted by Abby Landmeier on Wed, 2015-06-24 16:47

Chris Thompson

backbone organization, funder of initiatives

Leap of Reason by Mario Morino. It is impossible to do collective impact without high-performing organizations; and Mario's free book defines the characteristics of such orgs, and helps funders, board members and nonprofit execs understand how to adopt a performance-based approach.

Submitted by Chris Thompson on Thu, 2015-06-25 12:42

Madeleine Frey

funder of initiatives

the heart of social change, by marshall rosenberg

Submitted by Madeleine Frey on Thu, 2015-06-25 13:06

Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown 

Submitted by Aviva Vincent on Fri, 2015-06-26 15:21

The book at the top of my have to find the time to read list is: "The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems" by William Eggers and Paul MacMillan

Submitted by Sharon Zivkovic on Fri, 2015-06-26 23:16

David Plouffe

backbone organization


Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace by  - Gordon McKenzie.  Here is a good description of the book

I see collective impact as model that could help us orbit or if we are not carefull become a giant hairball


Submitted by David Plouffe on Mon, 2015-06-29 17:59

Nichole Booker

funder of initiatives

Hands down one of my top few favorite books - "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.  Empirical look at the factors that contributes to organizations going from good to great (for a sustained amount of time).  Level 5 Leadership.  Intruiging.  First - get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, then the right people into the right seats.  Managing change, culture, etc. almost take care of themselves....   

Agree with Chris Thompson about Leap of Reason being another good one, but I havent completely read it yet - intruiged by the Performance Imperative though, and how we can use the model to support organizations with high potential to becoming high performing.

Submitted by Nichole Booker on Thu, 2015-07-02 15:14

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger, funder community of practice

Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone! We will share these back in the July Quick Poll and everyone can vote on their top picks.

We randomly selected three respondents and will follow-up with them about their ebook choice of a past book club selection. Thanks again!


Patti Segar
Abby Landmeier
Sharon Zivkovic

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Tue, 2015-07-07 19:52

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