Holiday Reading List for Community Economic Developers

Thursday, December 10, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close and we look forward to the slower pace of work that the holidays bring, we want to offer a few suggested readings for the season. We've collected these from our staff, fellows, board members and other partners.

 We hope you enjoy!

Holiday Reading List 

From Center for Rural Entrepreneurship Staff:

The Kauffman Foundation, How to Cook Up a Vibrant Entrepreneurial EcosystemPolicy Digest, November 4, 2015. And, you might want to compare to this classic piece done by the former National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE), Five Myths About Entrepreneurs, to see what has changed - if anything!

Thomas Lyons, Entrepreneurship and Community Development: What Matters and Why, Community Development, September 2015 - a well written essay on the importance of entrepreneurship to addressing inequality.

The Kauffman Foundation, A Snapshot of the Emerging Entrepreneur - a quick peek at what drives high-growth entrepreneurs in the United States.

From Erik Pages, EntreWorks Consulting:

Peter Kageyama, Love Where You Live: How to Create Emotionally Engaging Places, 2014 - an important read for those who are trying to attract and keep residents, especially young people.

OECD, Expanding Networks for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, 2015 - lessons from Europe on the importance of building networks for under-represented entrepreneurs. And, you might want to compare to this NCOE piece - Building Entrepreneurial Networks - to see what's new.


Transforming US Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, edited by Tammy Edwards, Todd Greene, Carl Van Horn - a new guide to the world of workforce.


Michael Shuman, The Local Economy Solution, 2015 - learn more about the importance of "pollinator" businesses (i.e. ventures that see their role as helping to spawn and support other local entrepreneurs) to economic development.


From Center Board Members:


Joyce Klein and Jenna Liang, The Racial Wealth Gap: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap through Business Ownership, FIELD at the Aspen Institute - report that offers great insights into the growing wealth gap in America and how business ownership can help lessen that gap.


Erik Qualman, What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube, 2013 - a simple tool that might help leaders (of organizations, public agencies, families...) think about modern communication and all the pitfalls and rules around it.  


Peter H. Diamondis and Steven Kotler, Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, 2015 - according to President Bill Clinton, "Bold is a visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world" and, we'd add, a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs and the communities that support them.


John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism, 2014 - a way for business to serve all of its major stakeholders, from consumers to shareholders to the environment.


Diana Kander, All in Startup: Launching a new idea when everything is on the line, 2014 - insight into what it takes to be "all in" with your entrepreneurial idea.




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