An answer to A Frequent question: What are you reading?

Some time ago, in response to a frequent question "What are you reading?", I decided to simply keep a running list. So, in my continuous self-study, I put on top the book I'm currently reading and allow the oldest one to drop away, thereby keeping the list to not more than 20. The list below covers a period of about 18 months. Because I am so curious about so many things and I love to consider the intersection of ideas, this diverse and ever-changing list provides me many insights, including a meta-view of current influences.


Facilitating Breakthrough: How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together

Adam Kahane

Stall Points

Matthew Olson
Derek Van Bever

Economies of Life: Patterns of Health and Wealth

Bill Sharpe

Questions Are the Answer

Hal Gregersen

Transformative Innovation: A Guide to Practice and Policy for System Transition

Graham Leicester

Prospective Theory

David Cooperrider

Three Horizons:
The Patterning of Hope

Bill Sharpe

Appreciative Coaching:
A Positive Process for Change

Sara L. Orem, Jacqueline Binkert, Ann L. Clancy


An Invitation to Social Construction

Ken Gergen

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Rutger Bregman, Erica Moore, Elizabeth Manton

Navigating Polarities

Brian Emerson & Kelly Lewis

Bounce Back Higher 2021: Three Steps that Inspire Contribution in the Age of the Pandemic

Jim Lord

Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation

Eds: Ron Fry, Frank Barrett, Jane Seiling, & Diana Whitney

The Origins of Our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson

The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook: How to Thrive in Chaos,

Nadya Zhexembayeva


Man's Search For Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Dancing at the Edge: Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century

Maureen O’Hara and Graham Leicester

Joy of Appreciative Living

Jackie Kelm

Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity

Margaret J. Wheatley


Appreciative Inquiry: Toward a Methodology For Understanding and Enhancing Organizational Innovation

David Loy Cooperrider