Read a Center Classic



The following books have informed the work of the Center for Earth Leadership.  We have discussion guides, for use of small groups (2 to 6) who would like to read and discuss any book marked with an (*) below.  Discussions can be done in 2 to 4 meetings, depending on book.  For information or to obtain a reading guide, contact the Center at




*The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (2000).    Describes process and power of cultural change.  Over 2.5 million copies in print; 164 weeks at one point on the NYT best seller list. Contact us for The Tipping Point  discussion guide.


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (1946).  A Jewish psychiatrist in a Nazi concentration camp observes the critical role of hope and purpose under the worst of human circumstances.  Over 12 million copies in print worldwide.

*A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (1949).  Very readable collection of essays.  “The Land Ethic” provides an ethical foundation for the modern environmental movement that emerged in the 1960s.  Over 2 million copies in print. Contact us for A Sand County Almanac discussion guide.


*The Great Work by Thomas Berry (2000).  A lesser known author, but one with major impact, describes the great work of our time.  Trained as a Catholic priest, Berry’s writing is weighty, but profound, so reading and discussing with a friend using the Center reading guide is extraordinarily helpful.  Related work by others: (1) Journey of the Universe, a short book and one-hour documentary, produced by two students of Berry and (2) the Big History Project, funded by Bill Gates through his personal philanthropy arm, not the Gates Foundation. Contact us for The Great Work discussion guide.


*Moral Ground edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Nelson (2010).  A series of 80 very readable, provocative short essays by a variety of authors.  Ideal for reading on the bus or with a partner, one essay at a time.  Center has two reading guides for this book covering 20 essays each. Contact us for Moral Ground discussion guide(s).


*This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein, Canadian author and social activist (2014).  A book with 13 chapters, each exploring a dimension of the global economy pertinent to climate change. Contact us for This Changes Everything discussion guide.


In the Absence of the Sacred, Chapters 1 through 10, by Jerry Mander (1991).  A classic by a late-twentieth century visionary on the impact of technology and the global economy on culture.  Mender was the chief organizer of the “The Battle in Seattle,” the 1999 Seattle demonstration to elevate public awareness and concern about the World Trade Organization and economic globalization generally.


The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery (2003).  Classic on global warming by one of the world’s great scientific authors (from Australia).