Of all the books, papers, and reflections on design thinking that I’ve read, Change by Design written by Tim Brown, the current CEO of IDEO, is the best at both explaining the process that teams go through, and the reasons for using this process.
It’s main thesis is that people involved in entertainment — from creators on through executives — must change the way they calculate value. Today’s metrics can’t simply rely upon how many people watch, read, or listen to something.
More deeply, Scheeres seems to have chosen this story because it continues her exploration of the dangers of fundamentalism and religion, particularly the ways in which its used to control and harm people.
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life, while not quite to the level of Stephen King’s On Writing or Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, is a worthy addition to the “How Do I Write” canon.
Lawrence Wright delves deeply into a few personal stories of the powerful people behind Scientology. What the reader gets is an inside look at one of the most bizarre — and oddly dangerous — organizations in our country.
Lost in Space by Ben Tanzer, who will appear at the Writers Jam, Vol 2, is a wonderful book of essays about fatherhood, which covers topics from exhaustion (“I Need”) to sharing things with your kids (“I Am Your Father”) and death (“The Lion King,” “The Unexamined Life”).
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of the OKCupid dating site, uses big data to explore the “hidden forces” that help shape us as people, and the individual experiences that make understanding humans so difficult.
David Eagleman’s book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain is both a mind-bending walk through the science around the the ideas of “self” and “free will” and a maddening narrative that veers off course.