Non-Fiction Books/Articles/websites/blogs

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Blogs on sustainable futures

Imagine a world with no money: This blog has a vision of a new kind of society

The Ecotopia 2121 Project sets out to artistically present 100 cities throughout the world as they would appear in the year 2121 — if they’ve managed to survive and become super eco-friendly.

Climate Optimist shares examples of how people all over the world are solving climate change.

Moral Fibres

The Good Wardrobe

Going Zero Waste


Baden, D.: 2020, ‘Which work best? Cautionary tales or positive role models?  ‘, In Molthan-hill, P., H. Luna and D. Baden (Eds.), Storytelling for Sustainability in Higher Education: An Educator’s Handbook (Routledge, Abingdon).

Buddhist Economics: Small is beautiful: economics as if people mattered by EF Schumacher, A little dated and sexist but some great ideas otherwise

Another book that’s been suggested is Stories of the Great Turning. This is a collection of true stories from people who have changed their lives (in a variety of different ways) in response to climate change and other global issues.

Finally here is a suggested list of the 300 best books to read to change the world. You can download as a PDF or Google Sheet


Here is a 21 minute film showcasing some of the projects that the sustainable development commission thought could have a transformative effect:

One of these projects is project dirt – their website present numerous sustainability-related projects

Another project is Groundwork which is about creating green employment – perhaps a story could be set in a groundwork project – see

Academic articles

For the more academic Springer are allowing open access to some of their articles that present research that has the potential to change the world for the better.

Baden, D.: 2019, ‘Solution focused stories are more effective than catastrophic stories in motivating pro-environmental intentions,’ Ecopsychology 11 (4), 254-263

A competition by Global Action Plan encouraged young film-makers to submit ideas for films with themes around green solutions – check it out on