We love to read. In actual fact we read a lot.

Here are our top 3 favourites of the moment, in random order. Click on the book to link to the authors’ website.

TEAM HUMAN

By Douglas Rushkoff

In 100 aphoristic statements, Douglas Rushkoff’s manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression: money, for example, has transformed from a means of exchange to a means of exploitation, and education has become an extension of occupational training. Digital-age technologies have only amplified these trends, presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media undermining our democracy. But all is not lost. It’s time for Team Human to take a stand, regenerate the social bonds that define us and, together, make a positive impact on this earth.

 

MC24

By Bruce Mau

Published in 2020, Mau: MC24 offers 24 massive change (MC24) design principles to overhaul the way you think about your life and work.

MC24 gives everyone — from global business leaders to the management of sports, arts and entertainment venues down to the individual — the tools for applying entrepreneurial design to the massive challenges that are exploding all around us.

 

 

LESS IS MORE

By Jason Hickel

Jason Hickel tells us that if we want to have a shot at halting the crisis, we need to slow down and restore the balance. We need to change how we see nature and our place in it, shifting from a philosophy of domination and extraction to one that’s rooted in reciprocity and regeneration. We need to evolve beyond the dogmas of capitalism to a new system that’s fit for the twenty-first century.

But what about jobs? What about health? What about progress? Less is More book tackles these questions and offers an inspiring vision for what a post-capitalist economy could look like. An economy that’s more just, more caring, and more fun. An economy that will not only lift us out of our current crisis, but also restore our sense of connection to a world that’s brimming with life.

 

OF COURSE WE LOVE CHANGE AHEAD 🙂

Our all time favourite is still Change Ahead of course, if you want to read all about business design. Or contact us anytime to chat with Carola about her book!

Change Ahead is about the emerging practices at the intersection of business strategy, research, and design. It introduces the need for an adventurous, explorative mindset in order to grow businesses that last by creating meaning and relevance with and for people.

In a complex and networked world, business, more than ever, is about adaptability to change and the capacity to create new propositions through a dynamic interaction with the environment. Much like sailing, business strategy will increasingly come to be about the ability to steer towards growth through dynamic leadership, empathetic understanding, and skilful use of tools and abilities.

This book reveals the philosophy, working processes, and approaches to business creation and development through research and design. It provides a model for integrating user insights into business strategy beyond the literal understanding of the user and into the creative application of insights for the development of meaningful propositions.

It is a must-read in these changing times because it discusses what needs actualization as we emerge out of the industrial model into an age of creative empowerment. Furthermore, it goes beyond the discussion to provide practical tools for businesses in the 21st century to evolve into adaptive systems through an integrative model of learning and doing, understanding and making, research and design. Change Ahead is about the transformative power of research and design within business practice for relevant value creation in a changing world.