Summer Reading Series: Martin Adams
Categories: Literature & the Arts
Martin Adams, author of Land, shares his summer reading list. Find out what five books he plans to delve into in the coming months and why he chose each of them! For more lists from our Summer Reading Series, click here.
1) Owning the Earth by Andro Linklater
While I wrote about the negative economic consequences caused by our current system of landownership in my book Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World, I’ve not delved into the historical development of how land came to be privately owned. Not too long ago, land used to be owned in common in many parts around the world, even in the Western World: Owning the Earth tells the story of how land came to be privately owned, how landless peasants got forced into the Industrial Revolution, and how poverty resulted for large numbers of people as a result of them becoming landless.
2) The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Often compared to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Elizabeth Kolbert’s book The Sixth Extinction tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
3) Warlords, Inc. by Noah Raford and Andrew Trabulsi
My friend from childhood is currently a freelance reporter in Iraq, covering the dangerous expansion of ISIS and other conflicts in the area. This book will help me understand some of the economic incentives behind wars.
4) The Swift Programming Language by Apple Inc.
I’m a coder at heart. It helps pay the bills. “Swift” is Apple’s newest programming language with which to create iOS applications.
5) Your Intentional Difference by Ken Tucker, Todd Hahn, and Shane Roberson
According to the authors, 5% separates an individual from the rest of the world:
- 85% of what an individual is capable of doing, anyone can do
- 10% of what an individual is capable of doing, others can be trained to do
- 5%—that magical 5%—of what an individual is capable of doing, only the individual can do.
To me, life is about discovering—and capitalizing—on that 5%, which I believe contain our unique gifts to society.
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MARTIN ADAMS, Author of Land
Martin Adams is a social innovator, systems thinker, and community organizer. As a child, it pained him to see most people struggling while a few were living in opulence. This inspired in him a lifelong quest to create a fair and sustainable world in collaboration with others. As a young adult, groomed for a career in finance, he walked right past Wall Street and chose instead to dedicate his life to community development. Through his non-profit work, he saw firsthand the extent to which our economic system causes human and ecological strife. Consequently, Adams has devoted himself to the implementation of a new economic paradigm that allows humanity to thrive in harmony with nature. Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World is the fruit of his years of research into this economic model and stands as an appeal to changemakers worldwide.