As I wrote before, I have a pile of books that I’m planning to read this summer sitting in my bedroom. They are a mix of political books helping to prepare me for the year ahead in my Masters program and business books helping me improve the work that I hope to do when I’m finished.
Currently I am learning a lot from the two books I have on the go. The first is The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, which is both an autobiography and a call for action on climate change. I am learning a lot from this book, including about the changes our Inuit population has already seen in the Arctic.
In it Watt-Cloutier has managed to perfectly describe what it is I aim to do in my business and my career when she writes:
Engaging in the politics of influence rather than the politics of protest. … Relying on the powers of persuasion and the ability to get people to want to work with us.
The second book is The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown. This much less serious book is teaching me the value of sharing information visually. It helps you learn through a series of exercises that have been waking up a part of my brain I loved using as a kid.
I used to sit and sketch with my grandfather in the summers, and in high school I was known for my doodling during class. I firmly believe that doodling focuses your ears during long lectures or meetings. The book pushes you towards info-doodling, which helps collect information and present it in a way that’s easier to interpret for people who learn in different ways.
One of my favourite info-doodles ever:
What’s on your reading list this summer?