If you’ve ever wondered how to engage groups (large or small) in order to find out how they feel, understand a problem, or develop solutions that have buy-in from a large constituency, this (and Change by Design) are worth reading.
For the last decade, Appalachian artists have worked to take back their stories from a world that seemed more than happy to let the stereotypical tropes of the region drive our national discourse about the area, and its people.
This isn’t to say the story wasn’t interesting. The sheer nature of the disregard and disrepair in Walls’ childhood compelled me to turn the page. But the writing felt as though it worked against the story.
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.