It’s become fashionable in recent years to decree that we are living in different ‘economies,’: The Gig Economy, The Sharing Economy and many others. In that spirit, what follows is my curated list of 30 different economies, with one selected resource for each. There is overlap on some of these concepts, and if there are ones that I’ve missed, please let me know. Not all of us participate in each economy, but we are all probably affected by each one at different parts of our lives.
Almost exactly four years ago, on May 29, 2014, I wrote about Bob Buford’s then-new book, Drucker & Me. Bob died on April 18th, but as you’ll see in some of the tributes I link to below, he led an amazingly full, productive, meaningful, and impactful life. Although I initially knew him through his work and friendship with Peter Drucker, he was well-known and respected in the worlds of business, philanthropy, Christianity, personal development, and publishing.
There are fewer barriers today to writing and publishing books than ever. But the process can still be daunting and intimidating, especially in finding an agent and then working with a publishing house, as opposed to self-publishing. That’s where there is value in events such as the recent 6th Annual Washington Writers Conference, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, Md. Besides ample opportunities for networking and learning about craft, many people also registered for brief “pitch sessions” with agents.
Spending an entire day learning from and interacting with writers is exhilarating, and an extended serendipity opportunity.
One of the advantages of attending last month’s Computers in Libraries annual conference in Arlington, Va., is that you get to live it twice. First, in person, with all its benefits of session attendance and participation, networking, serendipitous encounters and stimulating conversations. And now online, via presentation slides for sessions I attended and others I would have liked to but could not. The organizers have also provided a complete list of speakers, with social media links.
This year’s theme was Digital Transformation: Next Gen Tools & Strategies for Community Impact. As with any conference, you can’t do everything, and there are always going to be time conflicts on various sessions.
Peter Drucker’s work on innovation continues to withstand the test of time. Many people have written about various aspects of it, especially regarding his classic 1985 book Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Drucker himself wrote about innovation long before that, in such books as The Practice of Management (1954), Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959), Managing for Results (1964), and Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices (1974).
Here are 14 resources by and about Drucker on innovation. Each shows that he was ahead of his time on this crucial topic, and that his sophisticated, nuanced ideas on innovation are unlikely to lose their relevance any time soon:
May 5 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. Last year, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Marx’s Capital/Das Kapital, I wrote about Marx’s extensive history with the British Library and speculated about how he would fit in with today’s Gig Economy, including where he would physically work and research (home/library/Starbucks/coworking; or perhaps a combination of all).
We can extend that line of thought to how a 21st century Marx would approach his own intellectual property, and what would go into the creation of its output. In an article in the March 10/11 issue of the Financial Times, Rupert Younger and Frank Partnoy ask a compelling question: “What Would Marx Write Today?” The article describes their highly ambitious edit/rewrite of Marx and Friedrich Engels’ 1848 The Communist Manifesto, as The Activist Manifesto.
Our conception of leadership has become more inclusive in recent years, and one key area of inclusion is the idea that introverts can be terrific leaders. The stereotypical image has been the larger-than-life extrovert leader, but fortunately this type of thinking is evolving.
One of the major conversation-changers was the first edition of Jennifer Kahnweiler’s The Introverted Leader, published in 2009. Now, her new second edition adds a considerable amount of fresh, updated material and it reflects the fact that we not only understand more about how and why introverts have solid leadership qualities, but also that introversion has become a hot topic inside and outside the workplace.
We all need reminders, especially during the work week, of the positive and inspirational aspects of life. In that spirit, these 29 quick resources may be just what you need to find the right amount of energy and purpose to strengthen your day: