Most Wanted - July 2019

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Origin Story - A Big History of Everything

David Christian, History Professor

This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale

Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence

James Lovelock, Creator of the Gaia hypothesis

An astounding new theory about the future of life on Earth. Argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun.

Universal Play: How Videogames Tell Us Who We Are and Show Us Who We Could Be

Alexander Kriss, Psychotherapist

Drawing on years of experience working directly with people who play games, clinical psychologist Alexander Kriss steers the discourse away from extreme and factually inaccurate claims around the role of games in addiction, violence and mental illness, instead focusing on the importance of understanding the unique relationship that forms between a game and its player

Others: Writers on the power of words to help us see beyond ourselves

Charles Fernyhough

Through stories, poems, memoirs and essays, we look at otherness in a variety of its forms, from the dividing lines of politics and the anonymising forces of city life, through the disputed identities of disability, gender and neurodiversity, to the catastrophic imbalances of power that stands in the way of social equality.

This Could Be Our Future A Manifesto for a More Generous World

Yancey Strickler, Founder of Kickstarter

While the pursuit of wealth has produced innovation and prosperity, it's also produced dire consequences: environmental collapse, corruption, exploitation, and unhappiness around the world.

Coders: Who They Are, What They Think and How They Are Changing Our World

Clive Thompson

A brilliantly original anthropological reckoning with the most influential tribe in today’s world, interrogating who they are, how they think, what they value, what qualifies as greatness in their world, and what should give us pause.

Culture Shift: A Practical Guide to Managing Organisational Culture

Kirsty Bashforth

Outlines exactly what it takes to oversee sustainable culture change in an organization. The book explores how to communicate cultural expectations to a number of stakeholders; implement new, lasting habits in the workforce.

Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life)

Thomas Erikson, Communications Expert

Breaks down the four kinds of behaviour types--Reds who are dominant and commanding, Yellows who are social and optimistic, Greens who are laid back and friendly, and Blues who are analytical and precise--and explains how to identify and interact with each type of person

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