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Polymathic Monthly - Issue #25: Oneironauts, Cities and Scale

Hope summer is already treating you well. It'll be a bumper issue of Polymathic this week, what with

Polymathic Monthly

June 17 · Issue #25 · View online
A curation of articles, tech, books and innovation strategy to enrich your career and personal lives.

Hope summer is already treating you well. It’ll be a bumper issue of Polymathic this week, what with the break. Do check out the last Product Management focused PM issue which came to us courtesy of Rohini Pandhi.
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Now we’ve gotten that out of the way, on to some bumper summer edition awesomeness!! You’ll come back to this several times over the summer. Savor it.

There are a couple of tomes in these recommendations. But you have all summer so it should be ok :)
  • What is creativity? Are we all creative? Questlove, of the legendary Roots crew, shares his thoughts on these questions in ’Creative Quest‘. 
  • The Kinfolk Entrepreneur: Ideas for Meaningful Work‘ is a coffee table book that further dives into creativity by talking to creatives across varying industries. 
  • The Square and The Tower (networks and power, from the Freemasons to Facebook)‘ by Niall Ferguson, will both confuse and enlighten you. You’ll leave this book knowing more about what we already know - networks and hierarchies are a part of our human fabric - and more amazed by the breadth of the author’s knowledge than by the lessons.
  • While some of the ideas shared by Janine Benyus in ’Biomimicry‘ are now around us, there is still so much we can learn by steeping product design and development in lessons learned from nature.
  • The best book I’ve read so far this year is ’Scale‘ (The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies)’ by Geoffrey West. It’s another tome but, unlike The Square and The Tower, it provides clarity even as it dives into concepts that would be unfamiliar to non-scientists. Great explanations and applications of complexity, networks and systems theories without seeming like he’s talking down to anyone.
  • For a look into how systems thinking can help you forecast the future, read ‘Future Shock’ by Alvin Toffler. I picked this up again a few weeks ago because, while he was wrong on specifics, the book is directionally right in how technology changes our lives. Worth a read in these times.

Have a great summer and please please send your recommendations along. I’ll send one email, can’t resist, but it’ll be an announcement of some goodness. Thanks so much for always reading. 
n/b: I maintain a positive vibe with Polymathic Monthly. It’s not because I am oblivious to crazy things going on around us. It’s because we all need a space to recharge and refresh. I choose to make PM that space.
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