Friday 5: What Are You Reading?
What’s on your bedside table? I have a stack of books and magazines about five feet high just waiting to be read. In fact, I think I have a supply that will last me well into the next decade; I just can’t stay away from bookstores.
My current read is Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind which has been widely touted in my circles as the perfect complement to Thomas Friedman’s A World is Flat. I am about half way through this enjoyable and surprisingly practical book, and it’s full of references to interesting people, books, magazines, and web sites. This week’s Friday 5 is a short list of some of my favorite finds either from A Whole New Mind or related to A Whole New Mind.
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1) Dan Pink | A Whole New Mind… and More
This is the author’s web site and blog.
2) Steve Richards – Adventures in Home Working :: A Whole New Mind
I can’t remember where I found this blog posting, but it contains a concept map outlining the major points of A Whole New Mind.
Six senses related to right brain thinking are discussed in A Whole New Mind. They are: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. Pink’s premise that 21st century citizens must be skilled in these areas in order to adapt to our changing economy and world. StoryCorps is mentioned in his story chapter, and it is an organization that provides the means of recording interviews with everyday people.
4) Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Dan Pink discusses the influence of design in his book, and recommends visiting this museum. In a recent issue of Edutopia, I discovered an ad for Cooper-Hewitt’s new educator resource section that will launch the week of October 15.
Here’s another resource cited in the symphony chapter of A Whole New Mind. It’s an online database for people to flesh out ideas for inventions.
Pink writes that this company is successful in the design business because they focus on empathy, the ability to understand human nature. This company produces something called IDEO Method Cards that showcase their design process. Check out the bottom of this web page for method card samples, and for a slew of articles on this company.
7) Laughter Yoga
This web site is featured in Pink’s chapter on play. Looks like fun!
8) Authentic Happiness
Pink recommends the book of the same title written by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. Find out more about Positive Psychology here and the site includes several self-assessments. This resource comes from the final chapter of A Whole New Mind, which addresses meaning.
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