These resources have been talked about at the Make it Better Table over the past 12 months. We only vouch for these resources to the extent that people we vouch for recommend them!

Well-being of Future Generations Act – Wales

The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.

The Act is unique to Wales attracting interest from countries across the world as it offers a huge opportunity to make a long-lasting, positive change to current and future generations.”

Collaborating With the Enemy – Adam Kahane

“Often, to get something done that really matters, we need to work with people we don’t agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change and on everyday issues in organisations and families. He has learned that our conventional understanding of collaboration – that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it’s going, how it’s going to get there, and who needs to do what – is wrong. Instead, we need a new approach to collaboration that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine cocreation – which is exactly what Kahane provides in this ground breaking and timely book.”

“Social Value International is a global network focused on social impact and social value. Our members share a common goal: to change the way society accounts for value.

All too often key decisions about resources and policies are made using a limited economic concept of value, which fails to consider important effects on people and the environment. As the gap between rich and poor increases and the effects of climate change become more apparent, our work has never been more urgent. Social Value International works with our members to embed core principles for social value measurement and analysis, to refine and share practice, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence policy.”

Giving Done Right – Phil Buchanan

“Giving Done Right, by Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) President Phil Buchanan, arms donors with what it takes to do more good, more quickly, and to avoid predictable errors that lead many astray. This is a crucial book that will reveal the secrets and lessons learned – some painful, some powerful — from some of the biggest givers. It will bust commonly held myths and demystify an opaque industry – setting donors up with both the practical “how-tos” and the inspiration that is needed for success.”

Theory U – C. Otto Scharmer

“In most large systems today, we collectively create results that no one wants. What keeps us stuck in such patterns of the past? It’s our blind spot, that is, our lack of awareness of the inner place from which our attention and intention originate. By moving through Scharmer’s U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic Self—the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration. Theory U offers a rich diversity of compelling stories, examples, exercises, and practices that allow leaders, organisations, and larger systems to co-sense and co-shape the future that is wanting to emerge.”

Making Sense Podcast – Sam Harris

“Join Sam Harris – neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author – as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events.”