Looking for books on innovation?
Innovation is a big topic nowadays and books on innovation have a lot of success. That’s not really surprising, though, considering how fast new technologies develop… As always, the question is to figure out which books you should read, so here comes my little selection of those books on innovation you need to read (which I’ll update regularly).
Alternatively, don’t miss my reading notes on those books that discuss the development of the Blockchain, or technological revolutions and the future, they are absolutely fascinating! Just saying…
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Hedge, A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age by Nicolas Colin: what if our society models and approach to innovation and entrepreneurship were outdated? While at some point being a Tech entrepreneur was a trendy thing, nowadays our relationship to tech and innovative companies has shifted. Complexity, perplexity, the words aren't difficult to find. The question is, how do we move forward? This book is interesting, well written and very well research. And you should read it if you are wondering how entrepreneurship is about to turn. Just saying!
Climate change is a big topic these days, but what do we really know about the topic? Earth Masters, The Dawn of the Age of Climate Change is one of those books which contribute to the debate by explaining some of the side aspects very few people talk about. In short? The topic here isn't climate change per se, but rather the idea that geoengineering - or the ability to use technology to treat the symptoms - is seen as a potential solution. Except that the author is very skeptic about the idea and provides an analysis of the situation. This book is interesting, well …
This month, I've decided to make you think smart with a book on entrepreneurship and, more generally, innovation. This book is Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. A bestselling piece which you probably heard about many times. But have you read it? The book elaborates on what should be the core of a strategy. Whether you try to sell a book, a product, a service, or a dream, the WHY is the basis, the roots, the engine. Sinek explains this theory and provides some interesting and easily actionable takes. Does that pick your curiosity? Well, that page was written for you. Just keep reading!
Outsiders Changing the World by Jamie Bartlett: what if a little bit of radical thinking made you think smarter? Considering radicals as originals and marginals is easy, we all do it. But what if their way of thinking actually had an impact? What if their methods had things in common? Things we can learn from to understand whether, perhaps, their actions go somewhere? Radicals is an easy-to-read book which documents how extreme ideas and ways of action proliferate. There's a lot of food for thought in there, and my take is that you won't think about radicalism again... Just saying!
I thought writing a quick Homo Deus Review would make sense considering that I recently published my thoughts on Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari's previous book. The good news is, like the previous one, this book is a page-turner. It reads like a story, but it gives you a lot of food for thought about mankind. The question is not to figure out where we come from, it is to guesstimate where we are going, technology helping (or not). If you are interested in tech & innovation discussions, this book is among the ones you need to read, that's for sure.
The bottom line of my Zero to One Summary? Easy. This book is one of the reference books out there for those interested in business development. Or perhaps should I say startup development, as a matter of fact. Peter Thiel (who is one of the Paypal founders) elaborates on how startups work and on the kind of mindset you need to become a successful startup founder. Thiel has a tone and goes straight to the point, which makes him challenge some of the ideas you tend to see all the time in the mainstream way of thinking. In short? A challenging book, totally worth your time …
Wondering why there is so much fuss about capitalism at the moment? Time to get back to the basics. Don't take risks, though. Go for a big name. Today, my economics and society book suggestion is 'Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy' by Joseph Schumpeter. First, Schumpeter is one of those names everyone's heard of (without being able to say a thing about the guy). So, time to dig in and think smart. Second, 'Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy' is a challenging book which contains key ideas you should know about. Does creative destruction ring a bell? You have no excuse... Read my book review!
Looking for insights and tips on business and creativity development? Here is a book suggestion: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (with Amy Wallace). Creativity, Inc. uses the story of Pixar as a practical case study. The book is very practical, in other words, and it explains to what extent creativity can become part of a company's DNA. Creativity, Inc. is a little technical at times, but it is nonetheless an interesting and challenging read totally worth your time if the topic is of interest to you for one reason or another. Want to find out more? Read my book review of Creativity, Inc. now!
I'm sure you've heard of the blockchain. But can you tell what the thing is about? Probably not, and that's normal. So, here is a book suggestion: Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott. The thing is, you can't really afford to miss that book. The Blockchain is one of those trendy topics at the moment. People say it'll be a revolution, that our lives are going to change... Still, only a few actually know about it. So, is there a Blockchain Revolution out there? Don & Alex Tapscott think so and they do a great job explaining why. Curious? Read my book review!
What could the industries of the future be like? Is the world as we know it over? Is technology about to change everything? If you are interested in these questions, 'The Industries of the Future' by Alec Ross is a must-read book. Really! Let's face it, people keep talking about technologies. Robots are replacing humans, the blockchain this, cyber-security that... Don't just let people let you what to think! Read smart, think smarter, and make up your own mind! The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross is a fascinating and eye-opening book. Read my book review and find out why!
Here is another interesting book on creativity and business leadership. If you are in business, chances are that you keep asking yourself how to beat the competition, right? Well, as usual, here is a book suggestion: Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki. So what's special about that book? In Rules for Revolutionaries, Kawasaki gives you the basics of product-building. Because there are basic rules! Where do you get your ideas? when do you launch a product? How do you test your ideas? How do you keep improving?Kawasaki's Rules for Revolutionaries are precisely about that. Read my book review and see for yourself! Think SMART!
There are tons of books out there on leadership and creativity, but Originals by Adam Grant is definitely in top position on my book suggestions list. In 'Originals, How Non-Conformists Move the World', Grant provides tons of food for thought on how to be better at creativity and leadership... differently. Are you interested in finding ways to think smart and outside the box? Are you thinking about changing the rules? Trying to write your own rules, maybe? Well, This book is a book you must read, it's as simple as that. Read smart, check my book review of Originals to find out more!