We are so grateful to each of the Fall 2016 Pathways to Purpose speakers who helped kick off important conversations on everything from how to grow “strong” communities, to the ways the digital landscape is transforming how we organize and give, to small business advice and peace-making, all the while pointing towards a view of vocation that seeks to define success as more than just a steady paycheck.
We’d love to keep these conversations going, and in that spirit, have assembled a reading list inspired by our speakers who were so generous with their time, their stories and their wisdom.
Strong Towns, Strong Citizens: How Individuals Can Impact Local Communities for Good
Chuck Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns
static1-squarespace-2-11-43-pmThoughts on Building Small Towns, Vol. II
By Chuck Marohn
When the first volume of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns was published in 2011, Strong Towns was a fledgling nonprofit. Since then, it has grown into a national media organization with an award-winning website,, and accompanying podcast. Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Volume II is a chance to share the top essays published on the website in 2015, reworked and compiled into compelling chapters including, “Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?” “Dealing with Congestion,” and “My Car Pays Cheaper Rent Than Me.” Also included are sections on Strong Towns’ ongoing campaigns, #NoNewRoads and #SlowtheCars.

Civic Networking: Evolving Approaches to Online Organizing and Giving
Jason Kunesh, Co-Founder & CEO of Public Good Software
41a47sfhnl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
By Dr. Victor Papanek
In interviews Kunesh has referenced Papanek’s work as an inspiration for his approach to human-driven design. Although most of Dr. Papanek’s work had been in product design, his background included architecture and anthropology. Design for the Real World is one of the world’s most widely read books on design, examining “the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensible, responsible design in this world which is deficient in resources and energy.”

Faith, Character and Calling: Leadership That Transcends Organizations
Dr. Kurt Senske, CEO of Upbring
41km-vbnz9l-_sx258_bo1204203200_The Calling: Live a Life of Significance
By Dr. Kurt Senske
Dr. Senske combines Biblical Wisdom with secular strategies as he provides a roadmap to answer questions such as: How do I pay the bills? How do I find a job that motivates and inspires? Why is my family life in such shambles? How do I live a life of meaning and significance? Am I really living the life God has created  uniquely for me?

Demystifying Entrepreneurship: Out of the Shark Tank and Into Reality
Gwen Jimmere, CEO and Founder of Naturalicious
start_with_whyStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
By Simon Sinek
A book that inspired much of Jimmere’s approach, Start with Why starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? The book shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Mighty Be Our Powers: An Evening with Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee, Liberian Peace Activist and Nobel Laureate
mighty-be-our-powersMighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
By Leymah Gbowee
As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.

Getting Paid to Make Things Right: How One SALT Alum Made Her Passion Her Job
Tezra Osthus, Former Development Manager at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, USA
91n-7sw6ellThe Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
By Shane Claiborne
Osthus cited Shane Claiborne as one of the thinkers/writers she was exposed to through her involvement with SALT. In Irresistible Revolution, Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world.The 10th anniversary edition uses unconventional examples from his own life to stir up questions about the church and the world, while challenging readers to truly live out their Christian faith.
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