Inspirations

Good ideas have many origins, they usually spring from other good ideas that recombine to create new, and often unexpected insights. Therefore, if you enjoy this blog, that’s owed to many writers and thinkers who enriched my own perspective on innovation at the intersection of technology, business, and society.

The following list presents an overview of the key sources – mainly books, but articles and videos as well – that I drew inspiration from. I’ll amend this overview as new inspirations arise.

A

Acemoglu, Daron ; and Robinson, James – Why Nations Fail? – The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty – Crown Business – 2012.

Anderson, Chris – Makers: The New Industrial Revolution – Crown Business – 2012.

Arthur, W. Brian – The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves – Free Press – 2009.

Arthur, W. Brian – The second economy – McKinsey Quarterly – October 2011.

Arthur, W. Brian – Where is technology taking the economy? – McKinsey Quarterly – October 2017.

Avent, Ryan – The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-First Century – St. Martin’s Press – 2016.

B

Baldwin, Richard – The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization – Harvard University Press – 2016.

Baldwin, Richard – The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work – Oxford University Press – 2019.

C

Christensen, Clayton – A Theory of Economic Growth – Clarendon Lecture, held at Saïd Business School, Oxford – 10 June 2013.

Collingridge, David – The Social Control of Technology – Palgrave Macmillan – 1980.

D

Daub, Adrian – What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley – FSG Originals – 2020.

Davidson, Adam – Welcome to the Failure Age – New York Times Magazine – 12 November 2014.

F

Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe – Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It – University of California Press – 2019.

Ford, Martin – The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future – CreativeSpace – 2009.

Frey, Carl Benedikt – The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour, and Power in the Age of Automation – Princeton University Press – 2019.

Fry, Hannah – Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine – W. W. Norton & Company – 2018.

G

Gell-Mann, Murray – The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex – St. Martin’s Griffin – 1995.

Godfrey-Smith, Peter – Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind – Farrar, Straus & Giroux – 2020.

Goldfarb, Brent ; and Kirsch, David A. – Bubbles and Crashes: The Boom and Bust of Technological Innovation – Stanford University Press – 2019.

Greenfield, Adam – Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life – Verso – 2017.

Gunderson, Lance ; and Holling, Crawford S.; (Eds.) – Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems – Island Press – 2001.

H

Haskel, Jonathan ; and Westlake, Stian – Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy – Princeton University Press – 2018.

Hawkins, Jeff – A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence – Basic Books – 2021.

Henrich, Joseph – The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous – Farrar, Straus & Giroux –  2020.

Homer-Dixon, Thomas – The Ingenuity Gap: Facing the Economic, Environmental, and Other Challenges of an Increasingly Complex and Unpredictable World – Knopf – 2000.

Homer-Dixon, Thomas – The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization – Island Press – 2006.

I

Iversen, Torben ; and Soskice, David – Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Princeton University Press – 2019.

J

Jacobs, Jane – The Nature of Economies – Vintage Books – 2000.

Johnson, Steven – Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Riverhead Books – 2010.

K

Kahneman, Daniel – Thinking, Fast and Slow – Farrar, Straus & Giroux –  2011.

Klein, Gary – Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights – PublicAffairs – 2013.

Kuhn, Thomas S. – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – University of Chicago Press – 1962.

L

LeDoux, Joseph – The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains – Viking – 2019.

M

Mancuso, Stefano – The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behaviour – Atria Books – 2018.

Mazzucato, Mariana – The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – PublicAffairs – 2018.

Mokyr, Joel – The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress – Oxford University Press – 1990.

Mokyr, Joel – A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy – Princeton University Press – 2016.

Morris, Ian – Why the West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future – Farrar, Straus & Giroux – 2010.

Morris, Ian – Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve – Princeton University Press – 2015.

N

Nielsen, Michael – Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science – Princeton University Press – 2012.

P

Pearl, Judea ; and Mackenzie, Dana – The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect – Basic Books – 2018.

Perez, Carlota – Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages – Edward Elgar Publishing – 2002.

R

Rosling, Hans ; Rosling Rönnlund, Anna ; and Rosling, Ola – Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think – Flatiron Books – 2018.

S

Sachs, Jeffrey D. – The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions – Columbia University Press – 2020.

Sharpe, Bill – Three Horizons: The Patterning of Hope – Triarchy Press – 2013.

Smith, Justin E.H. – Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason – Princeton University Press – 2019.

Smith, Karl – Economic Growth in the Age of Diminishing Labor – Online Forum of the Cato Institute – November 2014.

Snowden, Dave – Cynefin Foundations – Cognitive Edge – 2018.

Sousanis, Nick – Unflattening – Harvard University Press – 2015.

Stephan, Paula – How Economics Shapes Science – Harvard University Press – 2012.

Stiglitz, Joseph E. – People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent – W. W. Norton & Company – 2019.

Strevens, Michael – The Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science – Liveright – 2020.

Susskind, Daniel – A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond – Metropolitan Books – 2020.

T

Tainter, Joseph A. – The Collapse of Complex Societies – Cambridge University Press – 1988.

Taylor, Mark Zachary – The Politics of Innovation: Why Some Countries Are Better Than Others at Science & Technology – Oxford University Press – 2016.

Thompson, Derek – A World without Work – The Atlantic – July/August 2015 issue.

W

West, Geoffrey – Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster – The Edge – November 2011.

West, Geoffrey – Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies  – Penguin Press – 2017.

Wu, Tim – The Masterswitch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires – Vintage  –  2011.

Wulf, Andrea – The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World – Alfred A. Knopf – 2015.

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