There has been plenty of relevant new material for philanthrocapitalists to read in 2012. Here, in no particular order, are our top philanthrocapitalism books of the year:
1. Abundance: the Future is Better Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis. The founder of the X Prize has written a much needed dose of optimism at a time when the world’s faith in progress is at a low ebb. As he argues, the rise of a new generation of philanthrocapitalists, especially from the tech sector, is one reason why his optimism may be justified.
2. Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems, by Vijay Vaitheeswaren. A colleague of Matthew’s at The Economist, Vaitheeswaren has written a lively and thoughtful treatise on how innovation happens, including a look at the role of philanthrocapitalism in it, especially as businesses look increasingly to create what Michael Porter calls “shared value” that benefits both society and the bottom line. Read more