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"Forty-five percent of U.S. households prefer an environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach to investing… Among those between the ages of 30 and 39, this increases to 64%, and for those younger than 30, it is 67%."
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Books - Concerning Economic Measurement,
GDP, & Economics

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Below is a select list of books that not only imbibe the spirit of Investing for the Soul, but also are highly informative and inspirational. The titles are linked to booksellers (mostly Amazon.com) where they may be purchased. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, by Kate Raworth, Chelsea Green Publishing 2017.
"This is truly the book we've all been waiting for. Kate Raworth provides the antidote to neoliberal economics with her radical and ambitious vision of an economy in service to life. Given the current state of the world, we need Doughnut Economics now more than ever."--
L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions.

The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America′s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, by Mark Mykleby, Patrick Doherty and Joel Makower, St. Martin′s Press 2016
"The New Grand Strategy offers... a grand purpose of creating a sustainable future for Americans and the peoples of all nations. The goal may be grand, but the analysis is clear, simple, and accessible."―Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America; former Dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Author of Unfinished Business.

State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, by The Worldwatch Institute, Island Press 2015.
"In State of the World 2015, the flagship publication of The Worldwatch Institute, experts explore hidden threats to sustainability and how to address them. How will nations deal with migration as climate change refugees cross borders in order to escape flooding, drought, or other extreme weather events? What will happen to the price and availability of fossil energy—the foundation of industrial civilization--as these resources oscillate between surplus and scarcity? If perpetual economic growth on a finite planet is impossible, what are the alternatives? Can national governments manage the transition?"—Book description.

The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do about It, by Dirk Philipsen, Princeton University Press 2015.
"GDP is not just a number but is code for a set of economic values and principles that we’re not supposed to question. Philipsen breaks that taboo by critically assessing the origins and impacts of our overreliance on this flawed metric. Anyone who wants to understand our economy’s weaknesses--and how to make them better--needs to read this book."—Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff and executive director of Greenpeace USA.

Beyond GDP: National Accounting in the Age of Resource Depletion (Lecture Notes in Energy), by Matthew Kuperus Heun, Michael Carbajales-Dale, and Becky Roselius Haney, Springer 2015.
"The authors make a fundamental advance in economic thought, one that also provides a policy tool. They sharpen the concept of economic metabolism with a detailed analytical accounting of the metabolic flow from nature through the economy and back to nature, with attention to the different roles of stocks and flows, matter, energy, and value... Highly recommended!"—Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland.

The New Indicators of Well-Being and Development, by Jean Gadrey and Florence Jany-Catrice, Palgrave Macmillan 2007.
"The growth of GDP remains the principal focus of attention when it comes to judging the progress of the ’wealth of nations’ ...New indicators of development, well being, social health or ecological footprint are presented in this volume as alternative methods of re-assessing the growing gap between well being and ’more having’. They show that ongoing growth might destroy vital natural resources and has already begun this depletion."—Book description.

Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street from Wall Street—A Populist Vision for the 21st Century, by Jeff Gates, Perseus Books 2000.
A book rich with economic and social data about modern America, giving the impression that the United States is a long way from real democracy in its economy.

The Growth Illusion, by Richard Douthwaite, New Society Publishers 1999.
A radical perspective on present day economics by a knowledgeable, but controversial economist. He calls for a replacement of the Gross Domestic Product measure with something that accounts for environmental responsibility and true material well-being. He calls it the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW). It is stimulating reading.


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