I presented a GTC Talk at the ATD Learning that Counts conference this week. I was thrilled to see the turnout, and was honored by the comments given to me afterwards.
I committed to posting my bibliography to this site afterwards; here it is.
- I’ll start with The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt. This is one of those really rare books which completely transforms how I view the reality around me. Really excellent.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is also essential. Lots of other popular psychology books cover similar territory, but Kahneman’s book is interesting because of his role as one of the drivers of the research; he tells some of the stories behind it.
- The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall covers some of the same territory as the books above, but with a nice focus specific to storytelling.
- The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid is an interesting read for what it has to say about the social aspects of learning. It’s also fun to read a book that was written long enough ago that when it talks about search engines it never mentions Google but does talk about up and coming Alta Vista.
- Last, I made several references in my presentation to Annette Simmons’s The Story Factor. I struggled a little bit with this one. The book has beautiful, thought-provoking moments. On the other hand, I’ll admit I abandoned it part way through, partly because it began to feel repetitive, partly from other distracting elements.
If you were at the talk and have feedback, or if you were there and read any of these books and have opinions, please leave a comment or otherwise contact me. I’d love to hear from you.