17 social impact leaders share the best book they read in 2020

From poetry to leadership books, these are the reads Canada’s changemakers recommend

Why It Matters

A key component of social impact work is being open and receptive to new experiences, perspectives and ideas. And if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that this openness to the unexpected is paramount. This list features the books some of Canada’s best social innovators endorse.

Who had time to read in 2020? Or, depending on who you ask, who had anything to do but read in 2020?

Regardless of where they fell on this spectrum, many leaders in the social impact world carved out time to absorb new ideas, perspectives and information this year. Future of Good asked 17 of these social impact-focused people for the best books they read in 2020 — and why you should read them, too. From non-profit strategy to poetry collections, their recommendations will fuel you for an impactful 2021.


Abdullah Snobar | Executive director, DMZ and CEO, DMZ Ventures

I would recommend Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, two former Navy SEAL commanders. The authors share their own experiences in the military and discuss how leadership principles from the battlefield can be easily adapted to both business and e


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