A couple of months ago, I decided to put myself on an intensive diet of books that would bring me back to the edge. In case you'd be in the mood for some mind-expanding reads, I thought I'd share some of the titles which really made an impact.
Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto
I met Beau at the Future of Storytelling in New York where he blew me away with some of his insights on human perception. Now they've been bundled into a cognitive toolkit that helps understand how humans perceive reality, and what to do with this knowledge.
The Futurica Trilogy by Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist
I was given this book by a friend and with 738 pages of small print I did feel a bit intimidated. But once I got going, I found myself immersed in one of the most relevant combinations of philosophy, sociology and futurology I ever read. Warning: the insights in this book will change your worldview.
Experience by Jones, Mather and Uchill
This collection of essays doesn't just investigate the different sensorial and cultural aspects of the way we humans experience. Its heat-sensitive cover, pheromone print and central web of spidery bookmarks also turn reading the book into an experience in its own right. It's not a light bedtime snack, but definitely worth the effort.
Technology vs. Humanity by Gerd Leonhard
How do we embrace technology without becoming it? Where do we draw the line? Technology vs. Humanity does a great job at thinking through the implications of our addiction to automate and and digitise everything. It also makes an excellent case that just because we can, it doesn't mean that we should.
Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences by UNSW Australia on Coursera
OK, technically this isn't a book, and I'll only start at the end of the month. But the line-up of instructors and topics looks really promising. Not just because of my love of storytelling. But also because I've got a growing suspicion that transmedia fiction techniques can provide many answers to the challenges of cross-channel CX design. But more about that at a later date!
Happy reading :-)
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