We Do Things Differently, Mark Stevenson.
Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson set out to find them, across four continents uncovering an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, a journey that offers a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.
Great for challenging assumptions and established wisdom.
Life 3.0, Max Tegmark.
AI is the future - but what will that future look like? Will superhuman intelligence be our slave, or become our god?
Taking us to the heart of the latest thinking about AI, Max Tegmark, the MIT professor whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial, separates myths from reality, utopias from dystopias, to explore the next phase of our existence.
This book had me absolutelly gripped by the end of chapter 1.
The War for Fundraising Talent, Jason Lewis.
On the face of it this title suggests a book about how to recruit, develop and retain fundraising talent in a candidates' market. Which in itself would be worth a read. But Jason goes further than this and gets to some important, root-cause problems in the UK and US not-for-profit sector. He hits a few nerves too. He diagnoses 'arms-length fundraising' as a real threat to meaningful donor relationships, and explains how charities have descended into institutional isomorphism by inappropriately deploying the same blueprints and formulaic solutions from one charity to another.
Uncomfortable, but a must-read for sector leaders, whether you are a fundraiser or not.
Give People Money, Annie Lowrey.
The UBI movement is not just an economic policy -- it also calls into question our deepest intuitions about what we owe each other and what activities we should reward and value as a society. Universal Basic Income (UBI) has become one of the most influential policy ideas of our time, backed by thinkers on both the left and the right. The founder of Facebook, Obama's chief economist, governments from Canada to Finland are all seriously debating some form of UBI. Annie Lowrey travels the world to investigate UBI for herself in this provocative book.
New Power. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
Two visionary thinkers take you on a whirlwind tour of the 21st century, revealing how “new power” is reshaping politics, business and society – and how understanding how it works could change your life.
Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in our chaotic, connected age? In New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms confront the biggest stories of our time—the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber; the out-of-nowhere victories of Trump and Obama; the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo—and reveal what’s really behind them: the rise of “new power.”
Leading Change, Dr John Kotter
This book has been around for a while but it's still the go-to manual for anyone leading change in an organisation. Kotter offers a practical approach to an organised means of leading, not managing, change. He presents an eight-stage process of change with useful examples that show how to go about implementing it. Based on experience with numerous companies, his sound advice gets directly at the reasons why organizations fail to change – reasons that concern primarily the leader.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
'Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can't afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak'
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.