The bHive team have spent a lot of time thinking about creating a model for a thriving local economy that looks after people and place. There have been so many brilliant thinkers who have inspired us. If you’re keen to delve deeper too, here are some books to get stuck into. At the bottom is an incredible list put together by Kate Raworth, economist and author of one of our faves “Doughnut Economics”. Kate asked twitter for inspirational reads about creating a better world had 300 responses! Read away folks! Such good thinking has been done for us already.

Doughnut Economics; 7 ways to think like a 21st century economist, Kate Raworth

Who do we choose to be, Margaret Wheatley

Ours to hack and own, Nathan Schneider and Trebor Scholz

Uber worked and underpaid, Trebor Scholz

Platform Cooperativism, Challenging the Corporate Sharing economy, Trebor Scholz

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Douglas Rushkoff

Team Human, Douglas Rushkoff

Peers Inc, Robin Chase

Biomimicry, Janine Benyus

Building a healthy economy from the ground up, Anthony Flaccavento 

Sharing Economy, Janelle Orsi

Humanizing the Economy, Restakis

Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, Charles Eisenstein

How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today, John Thakara

Local Money, Peter North

The Third Industrial Revolution, Jeremy Rifkin 

The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin

Designing Regenerative Cultures, Daniel Wahl

The Great Turning, by David Korten

Agenda for a New Economy, David Korten

Active Hope by Joanna Macy

Deep Economy, Bill McKibben

How On Earth, Donnie Maclurcan and Jen Hinton

Take back the economy; an ethical guide for transforming our communities, J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, Stephen Healy

The Wealth of the Commons; A World Beyond Market and State, David Bollier and Silke Helfrich

Think Like a Commoner, David Bollier

The Future of the Commons – Beyond Market Failure and Government Regulation, Elinor Ostrom

Re-imagining Value: Insights from the Care Economy, Commons, Cyberspace and Nature, David Collier

Governing the Commons, Elinor Ostrom

All That We Share, Jay Walljasper

Patterns of Commoning, David Bollier and Silke Helfrich

The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society, Raj Patel

Local Dollars, Local Sense, Michael Shuman

The local economy solution, Michael Shuman

Vital Little Plans, the Short Works of Jane Jacobs

Technology Versus Humanity, Gerd Leonhard

Drawdown, Paul Hawken

Natural Capitalism, Paul Hawken, Loving and Lovins

The ecology of Commerce, Paul hawken

The Good Life, Hugh Mackay

Belonging, Hugh Mackay

From What is to What if, Rob Hopkins

Out of the Wreckage, George Monbiot

No More Heroes, Jordan Flaherty

Want more? Here is Kate Raworth’s list: