By Amy Holloway, President

Whether you’re nesting at home or adventuring afar, the holidays are a great time to catch up on reading.  But, where to begin?  With today’s broadening definition of economic development, the range of topics that influence the future of our communities can feel a bit overwhelming.  Here, our team shares a few of the books and reports that inspired us this year: Embracing a more inclusive approach? A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus (and while we’re at it, Yunus’ Creating a World without Poverty) Opportunity for Growth: How reducing barriers to economic inclusion can benefit workers, firms and local economics by Joseph Parilla, The Brookings Institution Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs Curious about the culture of leadership? American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard (thanks to Mark Lautman for the rec!) Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia Gearing up for change? Sessions from the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival The Global Silicon Valley Handbook by Michael Moe Technology, Jobs, and the Future of Work by James Manyika, McKinsey Global Institute Thinking about longevity and what it means for communities… and you? Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott These recommendations are just the tip of the icicle. What are your top reads of the year?  Send us a message, and we’ll keep a running list on our social media channels. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! We curate the news daily through an economic development lens and post stories you need to know.  Also, our in-house library of news articles, white papers, and best practice case studies is extensive. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’re searching for an idea and need a little inspiration. Happy reading and happy holidays!