THE INEVITABLE; Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
AUTHOR: Kevin Kelly
SUMMARY: [from the Viking catalog] "From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives.
Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces."
EXTRA THOUGHTS: "The Inevitable" provides a broad context for understanding where we are headed and what the possibilities for the future or work, education, communication and media, and commerce are. Regardless of industry, and whether you're a business leader, strategist, product developer, researcher, data scientist, educator or marketer, we should should all be 'eyes open' and conscious of the impact of digital and technological disruption and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
One I'm sure you'll learn a few things from - you may even find yourself needing to Google concepts and explore more in some areas. Guarantee you won't regret reading this one.
REVIEWS via Kelly's site
BUY: Available from leading booksellers or where I got mine; Amazon
MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN; Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
AUTHOR: Scott Belsky
SUMMARY: (via Penguin Random House) "According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.
As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity."
Belsky presents the practical techniques of 'serial creatives' - those few who make their visions a reality.
EXTRA THOUGHTS: I'm often guilty of being able to generate or find great ideas, but this book reasons why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen and gives the tips and tools to develop this enduring capacity.
I'm also not one for reading instruction manuals or self-help books but much of Belsky's advise is counter-intuitive making the rebel in me continue reading and find it both useful and motivating.
REVIEWS: Via Penguin Random House
BUY: Available at any leading bookseller including World of Books