There are two threads that unites these. Certainly the first is about preparing for the future. The second is about how all voices need to be allowed / enabled / encouraged. So perhaps it all ties back to a core thesis of mine: the future is not created; the future is co-created.
Redesigning Leadership. By John Maeda.
How will reinvent the world around us? Well it will involve having folks take the big step away from just being themselves (the thing we all know best) and join something larger (the thing we fear may let us down).
Changing the Game. By Roger Martin
The dumbest idea in the world is maximizing shareholder value. As long as we chase the wrong metric, we won’t fix the financial system. A smart conversation starter, and I think one that corporate directors ought to debate further.
The Mesh. By Lisa Gansky.
Seriously, if you’re not figuring out how to organize / produce and distribute/ sell and market in a way that allows you to co-create value in this Social Era, you’ve missed the boat. Similarly, Macrowikinomics (by Don Tapscott) and Getting Results from Crowds (By Ross Dawson, Steve Bynghall) are definitive guides for any type of organization.
Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
Notice how women aren’t equally represented on the TED stage (or on the corporate, or governance stage)? Well, until we appreciate how humans make the craziest (i.e. stupidest) decisions based on biases, we’ll never create a more just (and more importantly, better) society.
India Calling. by Anand Giridharadas.
Being born in India and raised in the US, I found myself nodding vigorously as Anand captures the nature of family, class, and fundamentally — what it means to be Indian.
A Fine Balance. Rohinton Mistry.
Having lived in an Indian slum from age 2-5, I’ve LIVED the effect of a government that cannot or will not work for everyone, especially the powerless. This story captures that sensation in a visceral way and reminds me to fight for those who have no voice.
<Interestingly enough, Brian Stevenson spoke at TED about how all of our survival is tied to EACH of our survival. And his was the most popular TEDtalk ever if the standing ovation is a measure. Thematically the same in idea, this book will really help you FEEL the world of oppression and lost voices.>
The Flinch, Julien Smith.
He’s the NYT best selling author of Trust Agents, but this book talks about that moment right before real performance happens, where we choose to flinch, and step back or… to be fearless. I imagine the results we’d get if entire organizations were full of fearlessness.
Wrinkle in Time. By Madeleine L’Engle.
This was my favorite book in 6th grade. Even though this has an allure of physics and math (with an evil force threatening the planet), the book holds gems of life’s truths. One that has stuck with me is that “alike and Equal are not the same”.
The Illuminated Rumi. Coleman Barks and Ilustrated by Michael Green.
When I’m stuck writing some Harvard post, I’ll turn to this to unlock wisdom.
For offsites, for the story teller in everyone, for fun… these can be addictively fun. Everyone got them at Christmas from me, and this will be your gift to give next year.
Somebodies and Nobodies. By Robert Fuller.
On the “ism” we rarely talk about but that encompasses racism, sexism and ageism – rankism denies equality in dignity. In the distinction between rank and rankism lies the difference between dignity and indignity – for people, for nations.
Join the Club by Tina Rosenberg
In every case of change, the change agent has thrown out the old models for social change – motivating people with information and using appeals based on fear – to employ a more effective (and abundant) resource: working with each other.