Posts Categorized: Books

Future Perfect

What is a “peer progressive”? Steven Johnson, in Future Perfect, describes a person who is neither right-wing nor left-wing, ignoring the labels of 20th century politics, and one who embraces the power of networks for the betterment of society. To be a peer progressive, then, is to believe that the key to continued progress lies… Read more »

Taking Charge of your own Development

I was interviewed by Rob Paterson (podcast at link) this week and we talked about work, jobs and taking charge of your own professional development. Rob summarized our half-hour together with these points. It is a real pleasure to have someone else encapsulate what you think. The Change in Work – It’s not just factory workers… Read more »

The Connected Company Review

I received a copy of Dave Gray’s The Connected Company from O’Reilly books and must say that Dave has done a great job. It is a comprehensive read, covering complexity and networks, and how they are changing business. The book also includes a lot of detail (almost 300 pages) on how to shift to becoming… Read more »

Organizations Don't Tweet – Review

Managers’ authority is being replaced by the need to influence, so how will they manage in the future? How do you manage online environments and encourage them to be a productive use of people’s time? Being obsessively interested in what people are doing and asking great questions is the way to help steer their collective… Read more »

Betterness: Review

Umair Haque’s Betterness: Economics for Humans is a quick read and a very cheap book at $2.69 for a Kindle version. It’s worth much more than that. Haque starts with an invitation: If you’re delighted with the status quo, splendidly contented with the present, firmly convinced that the way live, work, and play is the… Read more »

Enabling Innovation – Book

I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation. An interesting aspect of this book is that major articles are written by German researchers and then shorter comments or additions… Read more »

The Hyper-social Organization – Review

The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; be very social. The authors on knowledge management: Of course, one of the big challenges for companies is that, unlike information or data, knowledge does not flow easily, as it relies on long-term trust-based… Read more »

Where Good Ideas Come From – Review

The premise that innovation prospers when ideas can serendipitously connect and recombine with other ideas, when hunches can stumble across other hunches that successfully fill in their blanks, may seem like an obvious truth, but the strange fact is that a great deal of the past two centuries of legal and folk wisdom about innovation… Read more »

Third Industrial Revolution – Review

The future should be networked, writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. He sees the next industrial age, one bridging industrialism to continental collaboration as the most feasible post-carbon future. This era of networked energy will be based on 5 pillars, all essential for a successful transition: shift to renewable energy shift buildings to… Read more »

Grist for the cognitive mill

A book that influenced many of my opinions on education is Kieran Egan’s, The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape our Understanding. Egan says that Western education is based on three incompatible ideas: Education as Socialization (age cohorts, class groupings, team sports) Education as learning about Truth & Reality, based on Plato (varied subjects, academic… Read more »