How do we understand, acknowledge, and appreciate these times—and how do we envision the future through so many unknowns? We find insight, inspiration, and solace in books. Here’s a selection of some of the most compelling work we’re reading.

Latest Books

Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons by Mary Watkins

Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons by Mary Watkins

By Mary Watkins

This timely and pathbreaking volume maps a radical model of accompaniment, exploring its profound implications for solidarity. Psychosocial and ecological accompaniment is a mode of responsive assistance that combines psychosocial understanding with political and cultural action.

Designs for the Pluriverse

Designs for the Pluriverse

By Arturo Ecobar

In Designs for the Pluriverse Arturo Escobar presents a new vision of design theory and practice aimed at channeling design’s world-making capacity toward ways of being and doing that are deeply attuned to justice and the Earth.

Numbers Don’t Lie: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World

Numbers Don’t Lie: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World

by Vaclav Smil

From Earth’s nations and inhabitants, through the fuels and foods that energize them, to the transportation and inventions of our modern world – and how all of this affects the planet itself – in Numbers Don’t Lie, Professor Vaclav Smil takes us on a fact-finding adventure, using surprising statistics and illuminating graphs to challenge lazy thinking.

More great reading

Commanding Hope

Commanding Hope

This was my starting place for polycrisis reading, and I was pleasantly surprised by how optimistic and engaging it was. I got the audio version and walked many miles listening to this uplifting book. If you want to wrap your head around these troubling times with...

Ministry For The Future

Ministry For The Future

By Kim Stanley Robinson Science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson is essentially an optimist, though he is not afraid to look reality in the face. The Ministry for the Future is set somewhere in a small city on the Gangetic Plain in Uttar Pradesh during the summer...

Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times

Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times

By Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times provides “a valuable guide to help everyone make sense of the new and potentially catastrophic situation in which we now find ourselves.” What if our civilization were to...

The Road

The Road

OK, this is Cormac McCarthy: it's dark and visually searing. If you’re up for a bleak vision of the future in the hands of an exceptional writer, give this a go. And be forewarned that you're unlikely to erase the images of the father pushing the shopping cart from...

The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller Hig’s wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the...

The Uninhabitable Earth

The Uninhabitable Earth

This book is filled with accessible prose & technical science and woven together by storytelling that gives human context to its central question: “What if climate change is worse than we think?” As someone who consumes climate information in bite-sized pieces, it...

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

By Bill McKibben Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben's experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate...

Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It

Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It

David Fleming's Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It leads readers through a stimulating exploration of fields as diverse as culture, history, science, art, logic, ethics, myth, economics, and anthropology, comprising four hundred and four...

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

In times of upheaval, why do some people, communities, companies and systems thrive, while others fall apart? That’s the question at the heart of an exciting new field, and an urgent new agenda for the 21st century. In Resilience, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy...

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond includes four sets of studies. Seven chapters discuss some of the clearest, most familiar, most striking examples of past collapses: the ends of Polynesian societies on Henderson and Pitcairn Islands,...