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Best Business Books 2020

For reasons pandemic-related, I didn’t quite get my reading game on this year. And now, as I draw a line on 2020 and have some downtime, I wanted to get my hands on the best business literature. Recommendations have been few and far between — I think the stress of this year has got to everyone. I’ve read a lot more — I just haven’t read many books. I’m sure you’re the same.

Could the best books of the year help to explain what just happened — or could they help paint a picture of what the world might be…


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This is not a rehearsal

This is not a rehearsal. This is not the end of our species but it is also not how I imagined armageddon would be. Don’t get me wrong, these are serious and unprecedented times, but I imagined starvation, lifeless agriculture and underground warfare without sunshine, without daylight and without hope. But this is a different war.

We have different warriors, front line medical staff, food stackers and grocery delivery, infrastructure, educators, and the list goes on and could include us all. We seem to be in the war together. The peoples of this world, of this era, seem to have…


Tools and strategies to discover and distribute awesome content

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Box of Amazing

It’s been two and a half years since I started sending out Box of Amazing (a free newsletter, covering emerging technology and trends) and time and again, I get asked the why and the how. Why do I send out a newsletter every Sunday and how do I do it? In this post, I hope to cover both those questions and more. And if you want to create your own newsletter or workflow, then you could do it too!

For the record, the reading that I do for myself (to get to my newsletter) takes probably 4 to 5 hours…


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I have a renewed love for email.

After having mistakenly outsourced my reading curation to (seemingly untrustworthy) social tools, I have wrestled back control and I am convinced that, at present, human curation is better in choosing the best stories for me to read. There may be tools involved in this process. For example I still use tools like Nuzzel, Pocket and Feedly, but I still believe in the human art of picking.

In order to decide what to read with my increasingly limited time, I subscribed and unsubscribed from a heap to get down to my favourite few newsletters…


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Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic. — Arthur C. Clarke

Imagine going back thirty or so years and explaining to that generation of the things that would be commonplace in society; from ordering a vehicle to pick you up from any location using a handheld communication device that you carry around in your pocket to allowing near instantaneous access to any single bit of information as well as allowing the purchase of any product from anywhere in the world. It would sound like unfathomable soothsaying. …


Addictions. People get latched onto behaviours: drinking too much, snorting too much, eating too much, inhaling too much. My addiction was reading too much. And just over a year ago, I realised I was an information junkie. I still am.

There were two problems:

  1. I wanted to know everything about what was going on about technology.
  2. I loved non-fiction books.

I solved problem one by unsubscribing from everything I was reading by email and slowly built up my reading material using tools nuzzel to sift out what my network wanted and being smart about how to use LinkedIn and Feedly


How do you get a flavour of what’s changing in education? And how do you figure out what technology’s role is in education in a global context?

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Since I wrote this short newsletter on Box of Amazing giving my high-level thoughts on the reinvention of education and edtech, I’ve been approached a number of times by various parties on how to get an overview of the industry and how to figure out what’s going on. …


Emerging Technology and Trends

Box of Amazing is a free newsletter that I send out every Sunday. I pick a few themes to help provide clarity around this future world that we are fast moving towards and give you a list of my recommendations of what to read.

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Hyperreality

This week I covered Elon Musk’s “Earth to Earth” rocket, Richard Branson’s prediction for the end of meat, altering DNA to prevent hereditary disease and the first robodentist in China undertaking a 3D printed tooth implant.

No bots. Box of Amazing is just me, curating the themes of the week to give…

Rahim

Curator at boxofamazing.com

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