Netocracy: the new power elite and life after capitalism by Alexander Bard Description: A book that hypothesises on what comes after capitalism in an internet-dominated world. The idea is that those who can use big data and harness the new, vast networks we have available, will be the ones who become the new “elite”.
Cambridge Book of Expertise, by K. Anders Ericsson, Neil Charness, Paul J. Feltovich, Robert R. Hoffman Description: In 15 major domains of expertise, the leading researchers summarize our knowledge on the structure and acquisition of expert skill and knowledge and discuss future prospects. General issues that cut across most domains are reviewed in chapters on various aspects of expertise such as general and practical intelligence, differences in brain activity, self-regulated learning, deliberate practice, aging, knowledge management, and creativity.
Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication – By Kara Alaimo Description: how to practice public relations and strategic communication around the globe. Interviews with 30 PR professionals and details on how to adapt your message to different cultures around the globe.
Books I’ve read
Flowers for Algernon – by Daniel Keyes Review: fiction book written from a first-person perspective, about a mentally retarded individual who, through a medical procedure, transitions to a super genius. Instructions for reading: try not to cry; cry a lot.
Never split the difference by Chris Voss Review: A very practical and heavily tested book on negotiation, written by an FBI hostage negotiator with years of experience. I re-read this book as often as I can, because it has sooo many great tips on negotiation and effective communication. 10/10, one of my favorite books.
Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Tale by Patrick Rothfuss Review: the only two books I’ve read in the last few years that really scratch the itch for quality fantasy fiction. Extremely fun reads with great world scope and magic system.
Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos Review: I read this book hoping for a lot of technical detail about managing a highly innovative and secretive technological organization. While the book was far less technical than I hoped, it was also much more fun and inspiring to read than expected. There are some truly mind-boggling, real-life stories from the cold war era of flight and espionage.
Cain by José Saramago Review: highly blasphemous and fictitious book about Cain, who wanders as a time traveler, stumbling through various other Bible stories. Cain is the protagonist and is constantly trying to help other characters pick up the pieces of God’s blundering. Probably not for children.
Asteroid Mining 101 by Dr. John S. Lewis Review: this book is the first book that truly got me hooked on space exploration, technology, and the real possibilities that await us off-planet. The book is cram packed full of hard science and facts about the logistics of Asteroid Mining. Also shows how mining Asteroid resources can provide a solution to overpopulation and resource scarcity. Really, really loved this book.