In 2013 we started what seems to have become an end of the year tradition. What would be the Interesting Reading Areas for the next year? As we don’t like traditions for preventing thinking again, we will have another set-up this year. But first:
Most end-of-the-year lists of books consists of books that have already been read by others and many of the lists consists of the same books. Often the lists consists of the books that have topped the sales lists during the year. The underlying message could be interpreted as “if you haven’t read these books, you are a cultural bar-bar, does not belong to the well-informed elite and not able to go along in conversations”. Anyhow, this is passive, following main-stream media.
Another, more active approach is to make a list by your own about Interesting Reading Areas (IRA), areas of your interest for developing and knowledge acquiring. And then look for relevant writers, books and DVD’s belonging to that IRA.
We thought it would be nice to make a list of subjects or interesting areas for ourselves because we believe we would gain from such a list to help us preparing for the next parts of Thinkibility – Thinking about Thinking, Creativity, Innovation and Design. Perhaps you may enjoy the list and will give some directions for reading about Thinkibility. If you can help us to expand the list, please add a comment. Please note, we have not yet read the books!
But we invite you to make your own IRA en to find for each subject the interesting books and thinkers. This year by doing some searching at the internet for books in the categories Provocation and Alternatives. Just to challenge your thinking, to escape from books regarding Mainstream (description, interpretation or explanations, defending the standard world view, confirming current thinking) or Improvements (suggestions for gradual, piecemeal, but cumulative betterment of mainstream thinking).
Interesting Reading Areas regarding Provocation and Alternatives are meant to challenge existing thinking, provides alternative explanations or contains a provocation of dominant worldviews. A major criterion for this category is that it has been received by mainstream media as at least controversial, but more often as highly unlikely or even unscientific. If the book has made someone angry, it surely deserves the label provocative. The book is about one or more things that might be another possibility or choice or is relating to activities that depart from or challenge traditional norms.
Have a search engine looking for <<subject> myths books> . Perhaps you get some results like this:
Design your own keywords
Looking for keywords that might lead you to books about Provocation and Alternatives with what could you come up with?
Myths – white spots – breakthrough – critics – innovation – new approaches – ….what else?
Let’s use our readings and the Internet to explore, not to confirm our preconceived thinking. Compile your own Interesting Reading Areas 2018!