I love books that challenge my thinking or open my mind to new ideas. In 2013 I read widely (as usual) but my key themes were : Aboriginal Australia , ancient wisdom & vernacular architecture, how cities work (or not), Public Transport, Sustainability & Regeneration and Economics : Past, Present & Future.Here’s a summary of […]
A brilliant book that opened my eyes to how things really work in China. Key insights for where China is at right now and what this means for the rest of the world. My take – near term downside risk is greater than I would have otherwise suspected.
Western Governments and People have borrowed too much money. Now they have to stop spending and pay it back. What will this mean ?
Expert on working hours and lifestyles, Economist Schoe argues that our Consumption Model of the last 30 years is broken and that we need to head to a Post-Materialistic World. This need not be all lentils and hessian clothing – Schor argues that if we are clever and use technology well this could mean a […]
This book outlines a game changer. The rise of Collaborative Consumption. Driven by new, cheap technologies and maturing community rules about online trust – the new mantra is you don’t need to own it – you just need to access it. New Business Models are enabling “spare capacity” of all types to be put to […]
Surgeon Gawande tells a ripping yarn about a potentially dry subject. Today’s professionals have an almost impossible task to manage complexity. Gawande outlines the history, logic, benefits and challenges of creating and using checklists in a complex professional environment.