Library

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 might also want to check out:

Community Management

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.
  • Twitter and tear gas – the power and fragility of networked protest – Zeynep Tufekci
  • Wikinomics – how mass collaboration changes everything – Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Culture change / leadership

  • The Fifth Discipline – Peter Senge
    • Key text introducing systems thinking and the 4 other characteristics of “learning organizations”
  • Humanize – Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter
  • The First 90 days – Michael Watkins
    • A practical guide to change management
  • The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership – Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, Kaley Warner Klemp
    • Practical guide to taking responsibility in the workplace and building relationships founded on integrity
  • Systems Thinking for Social Change – Peter Stroh
  • Whiplash – Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
  • Awake at Work, Fearless at Work, and The Mindful Leader – Michael Carroll
    • Short reflections on intentional, compassionate leadership
  • Finding the Space to Lead – Janice Marturano
  • The Leadership Challenge – James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Team Science

Behaviour and Communication

  • 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.
  • If I understood you, would I have this look on my face? – Alan Alda
  • Quiet – the power of introverts – Susan Cain
  • Daring Greatly – Brené Brown
  • Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert

Network effects

  • Critical mass – how one thing leads to another – Philip Ball
  • Network Science – a collaborative, free to download ebook project from the Barabasi lab
  • Six degrees of Separation – Duncan J.Watts
  • Everything is Obvious – Once you know the answer – Duncan J. Watts (blog posts)
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