Here’s a regularly updated list of books that I’ve read that are broadly on the Social in silico theme. Where there are blog posts here that refer to the books, I’ve linked to them.

You can also check out my post reviewing some of the books I read in 2014 (when I was “on sabbatical”), a post reflecting on my 2017 reading experiment plus posts about individual books.

Community Management

  • The Art of Community – Jono Bacon.
    • Recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about community management.
  • Dealing with Disrespect – Jono Bacon
    • Suggestions about how to deal with criticism online
  • Buzzing Communities – Rich Millington
  • Connecting to Change the World – Peter Plastrik, Madeline Taylor, John Cleveland
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs
    • It’s about urban planning…but also a fascinating read on how communities work (blog post).

Online behaviour

  • Alone Together – Sherry Turkle
  • Reclaiming Conversation – Sherry Turkle
  • It’s complicated – the social lives of networked teens  – Danah Boyd.
    • Much recommended discussion of how teenagers use the internet including topics such as identity, privacy and literacy (blog post).
  • Society and the Internet – edited by Mark Graham and William H Dutton
    • Collection of essays on the cultural, political and economic effects of the internet. Highlights include the need for forums for online deliberation in digital democracy and studies of how online petitions flourish or fail.
  • Wikinomics – how mass collaboration changes everything- Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Network effects

Culture change / leadership

  • The Fifth Discipline – Peter Senge
  • Humanize – Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter
  • The First 90 days – Michael Watkins
  • The Leadership Challenge – James Kouzes and Barry Posner
  • Whiplash – Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
  • Awake at Work, Fearless at Work, and The Mindful Leader – Michael Carroll
  • Finding the Space to Lead – Janice Marturano


  • Do they think you’re stupid? – Julian Baggini
    • A fascinating and funny discussion of the many logical fallacies presented in arguments. Useful for online discussions!
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
    • Compelling read on the many ways our decision making is influenced. Implications for discussions, marketing, how data is presented and more.
  • Quiet – the power of introverts – Susan Cain
  • Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert

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