+1 for Sapiens
A great book debunking a lot of the “old economics” ideas, and proposing how to move forward.
Out of all the “let’s change the world” books, probably the most based in science.
She also praises graphical explanations aka memes, as demonstrated by the unforgettable doughnut.
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Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed - James C. Scott
Starts with a historical look into measurement of anything of value and the formation of states.
Proceeds by examining a lot of large scale attempts at “changing the world” and how they failed. From USSR to centrally planned villages in Tanzania. A must-read for anyone playing with fire.
The Penguin and the Leviathan: The Triumph of Cooperation Over Self-Interest - Yochai Benkler
Just finished reading it today. Loved it.
While Yochai is better known for “The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom”, I found this one way more enjoyable to read.
From successful collective ownership of grazelands and factories, to Wikipedia, Linux and all of that. Explains the game-theory behind how to make it make sense to cooperate & avoid the tragedy of the commons.
Social Architecture: Building On-line Communities - Pieter Hintjens
Talks about building communities, and especially in the open-source software development context.
HIGHLY recommended. If you’re in open-source, you should probably know about C4 (collective code construction contract), maybe the best guide for successful open source collaboration at scale?
The whole book is of course open-source but you should at least consider paying tribute to his family
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups - Daniel Coyle
Great book on what makes successful teams successful. Spoiler: trust, safety & purpose.
Here’s all the lessons from the book, basically.
These two cliches:
A must read for any hairless monkey trying to survive future shock. All about cognitive biases, no need to explain it further as you’ve probably seen this name countless times.
Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Another one not needing introduction. This one is my favorite of the five, and if you’re wondering which one to start with; it doesn’t really matter.
Other notable ones
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? - Seth Godin
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win - Jocko Willink
The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy - David Graeber
Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups - Jason Calacanis
spoiler: it’s about the team, not the technology.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson
Aaaand this utopian novel:
That should do it for now