September’s interesting reads

A row of children lying on the floor reading books, below the title "September's interesting reads"

I love that I get to read so much in my new role. I hope you find something here to inspire you.

I loved this piece on how public intellectuals over-simplify the future. One of the basic tenets of doing foresight work is that we are not trying to predict the future, rather explore possible futures, as part of preparing for them. So it really resonated with me, (and several of my much more experienced colleagues, I should add).

I’m still digging into this toolkit for tackling disinformation, called the Wall of Beliefs, but it seems a pretty compelling concept for approaching the current state of public discourse.

One of the core courses of my Masters was Leadership, and then I worked at the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Since then, I have maintained a strong interest in how organisations work, how people lead and how they follow. And what is clear is that there are some pretty wacky ideas floating around and people making some big statements on small evidence. So it’s good to have this reminder about some of the basics.

My focus is technology foresight so I’m having to wrap my head around some new ideas. I’ve come across a few very helpful articles, like this one on quantum computing, and this one on the new technology that has fast-tracked generative AI. The latter is also a good example of multimedia storytelling.

Current book: The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

On the reading list: Digital Empires by Anu Bradford

Published by Antonia

I'm a British citizen and European Union official, who lives in Brussels again after 6 years in London and 8 in Melbourne. My blog(s) reflect my interests in the EU, yarncrafts, organisations and dog ownership.

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